Republican demands Obama apologize for funding climate change research

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 16:48 EDT
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In a speech on the House floor Tuesday, Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) called on President Barack Obama to apologize to the people of Oklahoma for funding climate change research.

The freshman congressman claimed global temperatures stopped rising a decade ago. He said variations in the Earth’s temperature were the result of solar output and ocean cycles.

“Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years,” Bridenstine said.

“But here is what we absolutely know,” he continued. “We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”

A survey of 29,000 scientists published this year found a wide consensus that climate change was both real and driven by human activity. Less than 1 percent denied that humans were the primary cause of climate change.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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