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Obama urges grads on climate threat

– President Barack Obama blasted members of Congress who do not believe in climate change Saturday, saying their view is a threat to the future.

During a commencement speech to graduates of the University of California at Irvine, Obama said some in Congress duck the question of climate change by claiming that they are not scientists, which, he said, translates to: “I know that man-made climate change really is happening, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot. So, I’m not going to admit it.”

That view, the president said, is a “fairly serious threat to the future,” but “at least they have the brass to say what they actually think.”

Obama reiterated the dangers of climate change, which his administration has vowed to make one of its highest priorities during Obama’s remaining time in office: rising temperatures, shrinking ice caps, a harsher wildfire season.

“I’m telling you all of this because I want to light a fire under you,” Obama told nearly 8,600 graduates at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Scientists, he said, have long established that the world needs to fight climate change. When President John F. Kennedy wanted to send people to the moon, Obama said, many said it wouldn’t work, but few denied its existence or said the moon was “made of cheese.”

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