Obama Slams Energy Critics As Members Of ‘Flat Earth Society’

Delivering remarks on American energy policy at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. on Thursday, President Obama went directly at some of his most vocal energy critics, calling them a part of the “flat Earth society.”

Now, here’s the sad thing. Lately, we have heard a lot of professional politicians, a lot of the folks who were running for a certain office, who shall go unnamed, they’ve been talking down new sources of energy. They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas guzzlers. They think that’s good for our future. We’re trying to move towards the future. They want to be stuck in the past.

Obama added that his detractors “would not have believed that the world was round.. If some of these folks were around when columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the flat earth society.”

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