In an interview with Thomas L. Friedman scheduled to air tonight as part of the final episode of Years of Living Dangerously, President Barack Obama revealed that he’s really no different than many of us when it comes to climate deniers.
Does he ever just want to “go off” on those who ignore extreme weather, rainforests getting steadily less green and more, Friedman, an author and New York Times columnist, asked. Does he ever feel like asking, “What is wrong with you people?”
“Absolutely,” Obama said with a smile. “Look, it’s frustrating when the science is right in front of us.”
The president went on to challenge the leadership of deniers because they overlook reality.
“If you profess leadership in this country at this moment in our history, then you’ve got to recognize this is going to be one of the most significant long-term challenges, if not the most significant long-term challenge, that this country faces and that the planet faces,” he said.
The full interview will include Obama’s views on why we “won’t be able to burn it all” when it comes to fossil fuels and what we can learn about climate change from incidents in Syria.
Friedman visited with Obama weeks ago, before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled out his proposal to decrease carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
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