Obama: ‘I Can Understand Science’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 8, 2015 | 10:51 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Portland, Ore., yesterday that he is “not a scientist,” but that: “I can understand science.”

Obama made the remark as he talked about his agenda for fighting global warming.

“That’s why we’re taking actions through the EPA to make sure that we cut carbon pollution that’s produced from power plants,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

“We’re going to keep investing in clean energy,” he said.

Here is an excerpt from the president’s speech:

We’re going to have to tackle climate change.  We’ve got some folks in the center right now who think because we get a snowy day, they bring in snowballs into the chambers and think that’s science.  (Laughter.)  I'm not a scientist, but I know a lot of scientists.  I can understand science.  And what the science says is that our planet is warming in such a way that it is going to increase drought, and it is going to increase wildfires, and it is going to displace millions of people around this planet, and increase the severity of floods and hurricanes, and it will cost lives and it will cost our way of life, and it could affect the incredible natural bounty that Oregon represents.  And that’s not the kind of America I want to pass on to our kids and our grandkids. 

That’s why we’re taking actions through the EPA to make sure that we cut carbon pollution that’s produced from power plants. It’s the right thing do.

And we’re going to keep on investing in clean energy, because that is not only critical to our environmental future, but it’s critical to our economic future.  There are jobs to be had for those countries that are first to figure out how to harness the power of the sun and the wind, and store it properly and distribute it properly.  And I want that to be America.  I want those jobs to be right here in the United States.  I want those jobs to be here in Oregon.  That’s what we’re fighting for.

So we got a lot of stuff to do.  And I hope you’re not tired. Because I'm not.

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