Gingrich: Obama Is 'Like Al Gore at His Most Irrational'

By Susan Jones | December 2, 2015 | 7:18am EST
President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - President Obama is "delusional" and "like Al Gore at his most irrational" when he talks about the apocalyptic effects of climate change, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday.

[W]hen the president looks around the planet, he doesn't see the human casualties. He doesn't see the executions and beheadings. He doesn't see the spread of ISIS," Gingrich told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.

"This president's delusional. He's not ideological. It's not just that he's left wing. He lives in a fantasy world.

"His description yesterday that, you know, global warming is going to submerge entire countries, force us to abandon cities, leave farm fields that are no longer usable -- and this list went on and on. It was like Al Gore at his most irrational.

"But this is the president of the United States, and the danger is he may believe all that stuff...None of it, by the way -- none of it's the truth. And even if you really believe in global warming, none of what he asserted is true at any point in the next hundred years."

Gingrich said Obama's "religion" includes the belief that "global warming is terrible, global warming is a disaster, global warming is horrible, and if you don't believe those things, you're not part of his religion. And it's literally a religious-like commitment to a fantasy world."

Speaking at the climate conference in Paris on Monday, Obama talked about his visit to Alaska this past summer -- "where the sea is already swallowing villages and eroding shorelines; where permafrost thaws and the tundra burns; where glaciers are melting at a pace unprecedented in modern times.  

The president envisioned worse to come: "And it was a preview of one possible future -- a glimpse of our children’s fate if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it.  Submerged countries.  Abandoned cities.  Fields that no longer grow.  Political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own."

In a 2007 speech, former Vice President Al Gore talked about humans facing a "planetary emergency" and "a threat to the survival of civilization."

"So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun. As a result, the earth has a fever. And the fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction," Gore warned.

"In the last few months, it has been harder and harder to misinterpret the signs that our world is spinning out of kilter. Major cities in North and South America, Asia and Australia are nearly out of water due to massive droughts and melting glaciers.

"Desperate farmers are losing their livelihoods. Peoples in the frozen Arctic and on low-lying Pacific islands are planning evacuations of places they have long called home. Unprecedented wildfires have forced a half million people from their homes in one country and caused a national emergency that almost brought down the government in another.

"Climate refugees have migrated into areas already inhabited by people with different cultures, religions, and traditions, increasing the potential for conflict. Stronger storms in the Pacific and Atlantic have threatened whole cities. Millions have been displaced by massive flooding in South Asia, Mexico, and 18 countries in Africa. As temperature extremes have increased, tens of thousands have lost their lives. We are recklessly burning and clearing our forests and driving more and more species into extinction. The very web of life on which we depend is being ripped and frayed." 

The world according to Gore in 2007 -- and now Obama in 2015.

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