Obama Hammers Climate Change Skeptics: ‘We Didn’t Deny Sputnik’

President Barack Obama is applauded as he gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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President Barack Obama hammered the “lonely” conservatives who continue to deny the scientific consensus on climate change during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

“If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it,” Obama said. “You will be pretty lonely, because he will be debating our military, most of America’s is this leaders, the majority of the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it is a problem, and intend to solve it.”

Obama also compared the scientific innovation needed to address the challenges of climate change to the flood of research that fueled the space race in the 1960s.

“Sixty years ago when the Russians beat us into space, we did not deny Sputnik was up there,” he said, drawing laughs from the audience. “We did not argue about the science or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and 12 years later we were walking on the moon.”

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  1. Donald Trump would have created the classiest, most gold-plated space program ever. “Sputnik, Sputnik has no class. It’s not classy. It’s disgusting.”

  2. Trying to get a denier to not deny that they are a denier is an exercise in futility.

    That isn’t even what the Prez is going for either, I don’t believe. The Repubs livelihood depends on doing the bidding of the Kocks and other billionaire bastards and so they compromise their principles. Obama is just publicly shaming them so that the intelligent amongst will see how ridiculous they truly are and maybe, just maybe a few of their blind followers will see it to.

    Basically, Republicans see and feel weather changes, and
    Democrats understand and plan for climate change.

  3. This line made me actually laugh out loud … best GOTP zinger of the night.

  4. Actually, my father who was in his 50’s and very conservative and saw a ‘commie’ behind every tree and identified ‘pinkos’ in the government, DID deny Sputnik.

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