Obama's Full Climate Denier Denouncing UCI Commencement Speech (with Reactions)

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A conservative, ahem, thinker found Barack Obama's commencement speech "inappropriate."

Amy Ridenour, chair of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, obviously is not a fan of President Barack Obama's commencement speech to UC Irvine graduates at Angels Stadium Saturday.

SLIDESHOW: President Obama Speaks at UC Irvine's 2014 Commencement

Ridenour found it "inappropriate" for Obama to use the commencement address to promote "his own views on climate change," accusing the president of having "hijacked" other people's special day and no doubt angering grads who don't share his views on the topic.

Obama was also accused by Ridenour of "mocking its citizenry," calling a commencement the wrong forum for partisanship by the nation's leader. But the gist of the speech "made no sense," according to Ridenour, who went on to relate that overwhelming consensus among scientists does not constitute "proof" and temperature records cited by the president "are very short."

"The president could just as accurately said there hasn't been any warming since Bill Clinton was president and that one of his own agencies released data this month showing the United States has cooled slightly over the last decade," Ridenour writes in an email, "but that didn't fit his political agenda."

For the opposite reaction, we turn to Ezra Klein over at Vox:

"It was an impassioned case for why climate action is necessary, and why America will ultimately be able to do it. And it was, politically, a speech that showed Obama is done trying to convince the Republican Party to work with him on climate change and has moved onto trying to convince the public--and, in particular, the next generation of American voters."

Klein goes on to post the entire speech, which I've also done here so you figure out where you fall in the debate ...



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