Obama's Pointed Commencement Address on "Climate Change"
By Marc Platt
June 14, 2014
“Today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically
reject the scientific evidence about climate change,...They’ll tell you it’s a hoax, or a fad.”
(President Obama, June 14, 2014 UC Irvine Commencement)
I just got
back from seeing President Obama give a comimencement address for the 2014 class of graduating seniors at UC Irvine.
Mr. Obama was hopeful yet stinging in his criticism of the "Climate Change Naysayers" in congress and throughout the country.
This was more than a commencement. This was a condemnation of those who do not use the facts to make arguments:
translate...What that means is, ‘I accept that manmade climate change is real, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot.'"
Think about those words. The fact that a sitting president of the United States has to argue science with those who say "Climate Change" is a hoax, because it serves THEIR political base is absurd.
Mr. Obama argued: "I'm not a scientist either, but we've got some good ones at NASA."
While some people may not want to hear these sort of things at a commencement, I would say you are not paying attention to WHO the audience is. These are students, faculaty and parents of a significant teaching university. This is EXACTLY the right and appropriate audience.
Mr. Obama concluded his remarks in a rousing way of "Hope." He wants to leave America and the world in better condition and these students going out in the world may be "Underrated" right now, but not for long.
It was more than a commencement address, it was a blueprint for all the students in our country to try and do better than the current generation of leaders and movers & shakers.
Obama even manged to sneak in an anouncement of a $1 billion fund for disaster victims in towns in cities.
It certainly was not a run-of-the-mill afternoon at all.