In an interview published Saturday at the New York Times, President Obama told Thomas L. Friedman he’d like to “go off” on those skeptical of man-made climate change.
“Do you ever want to just go off on the climate deniers in Congress?” Freidman asked Obama.
“Yeah, absolutely,” the president said, laughing. “Look, it’s frustrating when the science is in front of us.”
“We can argue about how. But let’s not argue about what’s going on. The science is compelling,” he added. “The baseline fact of climate change is not something we can afford to deny. And if you profess leadership in this country at this moment in our history, then you’ve got to recognize this is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and that the planet faces. The good news is that the public may get out ahead of some of their politicians,” he added.
A report at The Blaze said Freidman clarified his comments in the interview set to be broadcast as part of the final episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously.”
“I mean go off like a Roman candle!” he said. “What is it with you people? Your kid is sick, you consult a hundred doctors, 97 of them tell you to do this, three tell you to do that, and you want to go with the three! That’s not conservative!”
Freidman, The Blaze added, then finished his question with a screeching noise: “Do you ever once in a while just wanna (Friedman makes screeching noise)?”
Obama then invoked Abraham Lincoln, citing a quote regarding public opinion: “With public opinion there’s nothing I cannot do, and without public opinion there’s nothing I can get done.”
And so, Obama added, part of his job over the next two and a half years and beyond is “trying to shift public opinion. And the way to shift public opinion is to really focus in on the fact that if we do nothing our kids are going to be worse off.”
A post at the Gateway Pundit called Obama’s climate change agenda “bogus” and said the president apparently is losing patience with those exercising their First Amendment right of free speech to disagree with him.
This isn’t the first time Obama has made controversial statements regarding global warming. Last year, he said Americans would be judged on global warming and claimed that “the 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15,” despite evidence to the contrary.
He also claimed that climate change is the “global threat of our time” while speaking in Berlin. While appearing at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, he said the planet would “boil over” if people in Africa were allowed to have cars and air conditioning.
“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy,” he said.
The plan he proposed would cost American taxpayers $7 billion and include electric soccer balls that generate electricity when kicked.