Obama Criticizes Climate Change Deniers In Speech

Aside from criticizing climate change deniers, Obama also announced a $1 billion competitive fund to help areas damaged by natural disasters.
June 16, 2014 Updated: June 16, 2014

President Obama had a message for climate change deniers when he gave a commencement speech at University of California – Irvine. He said denying it is like the moon is made of cheese.

He also added that a $1 billion competitive fund will be added to “Help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change and build more resilient infrastructure across the country.”

The White House said in a release: “Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.”

$180 million of the $1 billion will go to states devastated by Hurricane Sandy. 

Obama took several jabs at climate-change deniers. The president criticized those who say climate change is not tied to humans, saying they pose a threat to the future. 

In the speech, Obama stated, “When they’re asked about climate change they say ‘Hey, look, I’m not a scientist.’ What that really means is ‘I know that man-made climate change really is happening but if I admit it I’ll be run out of town by our radical friends that think climate science is a liberal plot.'”