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Obama rips climate change deniers in graduation speech

Published on Jun 15, 2014 6:53 AM
President Barack Obama speaks at UC Irvine commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California on June 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

ANAHEIM, California (REUTERS) - With a feisty tone and a touch of aggravation, President Barack Obama on Saturday, June 14, 2014, laid into Republicans who question the science of climate change and urged graduating college students to take on global warming as a cause.

A few weeks after unveiling rules to limit carbon emissions from power plants, Mr Obama used a commencement address for the University of California, Irvine, to rally support from young people and slam opponents for denying that climate change is real.

"When President Kennedy... set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it wouldn't be worth it... but nobody ignored the science. I don't remember anybody saying that the moon wasn't there, or that it was made of cheese," he said.

"Today's Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change. They will tell you it is a hoax, or a fad."

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