Here’s the transcript of the president’s address to the graduates of the University of California-Irvine. An excerpt:
Now, this isn’t a policy speech. I understand it’s a commencement, and I already delivered a long climate address last summer. I remember because it was 95 degrees and my staff had me do it outside, and I was pouring with sweat — as a visual aid. (Laughter.) And since this is a very educated group, you already know the science. Burning fossil fuels release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide traps heat. Levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are higher than they’ve been in 800,000 years.
No. . .not a policy speech. At. all.
The president continued with this. . .
Now, part of what’s unique about climate change, though, is the nature of some of the opposition to action. It’s pretty rare that you’ll encounter somebody who says the problem you’re trying to solve simply doesn’t exist. 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; it was going to be too expensive, it was going to be too hard, it would take too long. But nobody ignored the science. I don’t remember anybody saying that the moon wasn’t there or that it was made of cheese. (Laughter.)
And 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. One member of Congress actually says the world is cooling. There was one member of Congress who mentioned a theory involving “dinosaur flatulence” — which I won’t get into. (Laughter.)
. . .Thinking global warming isn’t manageable through adaptation is now akin to believing the moon is made of cheese? Consider the strawman slayed, Mr. President.
What about the theory of “dinosaur flatulence” contributing to global warming? I read about it on National Geographic so it must be true:
Dinosaurs may have helped warm ancient Earth via their own natural gaseous emissions, a new study says.
But I’m all for the president mocking digestion as a driver of anthropogenic global warming. Now, if the president can just do something about the guy who’s trying to regulate bovine manure, we might get somewhere. From the White House:
Agriculture: In June, in partnership with the dairy industry, the USDA, EPA and DOE will jointly release a “Biogas Roadmap” outlining voluntary strategies to accelerate adoption of methane digesters and other cost-effective technologies to reduce U.S. dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
I’ll end with this: what’s a commencement speech in California without mentioning “drought?”
And we also have to realize, as hundreds of scientists declared last month, that climate change is no longer a distant threat, but “has moved firmly into the present.” That’s a quote. In some parts of the country, weather-related disasters like droughts, and fires, and storms, and floods are going to get harsher and they’re going to get costlier. And that’s why, today, I’m announcing a new $1 billion competitive fund to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change and build more resilient infrastructure across the country. (Applause.)
And then President Obama left Anaheim and traveled to the drought-stricken, desert-city of Palm Springs to play golf on a lush, green fairways. California’s water crisis or global warming never seems as pressing while chasing a little ball around in the grass.
And this isn’t the first instance of water-hypocrisy from the president. Here’s how Time magazine wrote up the president’s last trip to Palm Springs in February:
Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought
Over to you, Mr. President. I’ll start worrying about global warming when you start worrying about water management.