President Barack Obama dissed those who deny the science around climate change during his last State of the Union address.
“Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it,” Obama said. “You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.”
Obama touched on the topic while speaking on innovation, saying we need to tap into the “spirit of discovery” in order to solve some of “our biggest challenges.”
“Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there,” Obama said. “We didn’t argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon.”
Obama also name-checked some famous leaders in American innovation, touting his administration’s push to continue making new discoveries.
“That spirit of discovery is in our DNA. We’re Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers and George Washington Carver. We’re Grace Hopper and Katherine Johnson and Sally Ride,” Obama said. “We’re every immigrant and entrepreneur from Boston to Austin to Silicon Valley racing to shape a better world. And over the past seven years, we’ve nurtured that spirit.”
Read the full text of Obama’s last State of the Union address here.
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