Obama blesses climate science as ‘irrefutable’

Neil Munro White House Correspondent
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President Barack Obama says the current understanding of climate science is infallible.

“The science is irrefutable,” Obama declared during a Monday press conference in Mexico, where he appeared with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“We’re already seeing severe weather patterns increase…[and that] has the potential of displacing people in ways that we cannot currently fully anticipate, and will be extraordinarily costly,” he claimed, as justification for the remarkable claim.

The statement strongly suggests that Obama will continue to block the Keystone XL pipeline in a State Department bureaucratic review. “Keystone will proceed along the path that has been set forth,” Obama told the press conference.

That strategy of professing complete faith in climate science gives him a better chance of turning out his environmental allies in the critical November midterm elections.

But it also helps the GOP portray the Democratic Party as hostile to the interests of blue-collar workers, who are a large slice of the GOP base.

Obama made the remarkable claim about scientific infallibility even though the current reigning theory of global climate argues that global temperatures should be rising because of the rising output of carbon dioxide from rapidly industrializing countries such as China and India. However, global temperatures have been stable for roughly 15 years.

Environmental activists also say ocean salinity is rising because of carbon dioxide.

Obama said the U.S. would continue to sharply restrict energy industries in the hope of getting worldwide regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide production. “We only have only one planet,” said the president of the United States.

The U.S. has to set a moral example for other countries to follow, Obama said.

“We do have to point to the future and show leadership so that other countries who will be the main emitters fairly soon — China, India, other emerging markets — so that they can look at what we’re doing and we have leverage over them in terms of them improving their practices as well,” he said.

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