During his vastly overhyped speech last week about climate change, President Obama took a funny potshot at wingnuts, saying that he has little patience with global warming deniers because, “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.” Oh, snap. You knew the Flat Earth Society wasn’t going to take that lying down:
As it turns out, there is a real Flat Earth Society and its president thinks that anthropogenic climate change is real. In an email to Salon, president Daniel Shenton said that while he “can’t speak for the Society as a whole regarding climate change,” he personally thinks the evidence suggests fossil fuel usage is contributing to global warming.
“I accept that climate change is a process which has been ongoing since beginning of detectable history, but there seems to be a definite correlation between the recent increase in world-wide temperatures and man’s entry into the industrial age,” he said. “If it’s a coincidence, it’s quite a remarkable one. We may have experienced a temperature increase even without our use of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution, but I doubt it would be as dramatic as what we’re seeing now.”…
“It’s unfortunate that Flat Earth Theory is what some people (President Obama, for instance) choose to reference when they need an example of something absurd,” he added.
He also demanded an apology, saying that he and the group’s other members will chase Obama to the ends of the earth if they don’t get one.
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