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Krauthammer: ‘The president pretends that this is all settled science’

Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer questioned President Barack Obama’s new climate change push on Monday, claiming “the president pretends that this is settled science” when in reality there is little the United States can do to reverse global carbon emissions.

Krauthammer spoke on a Fox News panel along with The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard and The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes about the White House’s new push on global warming. The columnist warned about the dangers of crafting policy based on unsettled scientific theory — especially when that theory admits there is little one country can do to halt runaway greenhouse gases.

“The president pretends that this is all settled science,” he began. “Newton’s laws were considered settled for 200 years until a patent clerk [Albert Einstein] in Switzerland turned them over with a single paper in 1903 — and that was pretty settled science. The idea that this is all settled is absurd.”

“However, even if you accept it, then you look at what he did last week,” Krauthammer continued. “He wants to pretend that these individual weather events are caused by global warming, which is supposedly the settled science. And The New York Times — which is not exactly a right-wing rag — it says that there is no definitive evidence that it is causing the drought in the West Coast.”

“In fact — and I’m quoting here,” he said, “the most recent computer projections suggest that as the world warms, it should be getting wetter, not drier, out there in the winter. So if you accept the settled science of climate change, you would have the exact opposite affect of what we saw last week in California.”

“So the arrogance of this is rather appalling,” Krauthammer claimed, “but worse is the application of it to our economy. Shutting the coal industry, hurting us in mass transit, getting us out of our large cars. All of this is driven by this ideology, which in and of itself is a matter of almost theology.”

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