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Obama Calls Climate Change Skeptics ‘Shills For Oil Companies’

In a recent interview with VICE, Obama was asked, “Why is the resistance so strong” to the notion that man-caused climate change (or global warming) needs to be confronted by more government involvement in industry and with more regulations.

“Well, some of it’s economic,” Obama responded. “If you poll folks they’re concerned about climate change, but they’re even more concerned about gas prices. You can’t fault somebody for being concerned about paying the bills or being able to fill up your tank to get to your job.”

However, Obama says, “In some cases, though, you have elected officials who are shills for the oil companies or the fossil fuel industry and there’s a lot of money involved.”

“Typically in Congress the committees have jurisdiction—like the energy committees—are populated by folks from places that pump a lot of oil and pump a lot of gas,” Obama added.

VICE reporter Shane Smith said, “In our research, the environment or the global warming is number one issue.”

That’s interesting because in poll after poll after poll, Americans from all age groups and education levels are against or mixed on the idea that human-induced climate change is a threat to the planet or will affect their quality of life.

And when Americans do believe that climate change exists–not even that human action is causing global warming–they still rank it low on their list of political priorities or concerns, if at all.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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