President Obama didn’t let a graduation commencement speech at the University of California, Irvine go to waste, using his spot at the podium to rail against skeptics of climate change, whom he called “a radical fringe.”
“Since this is a very educated group, you already know the science [on climate change],” Obama told the crowd of nearly 8,000 graduates, gathered at Angel Stadium on Saturday.
“The 18 warmest years on record have all happened since you graduates were born,” said Obama, who cited fires in Western states, smaller snow packs in mountainous tourist areas, and flooding streets in cities like Miami to make his case about the fallout from climate change.
Obama also used those examples to unveil a new $1 billion competitive fund to help communities that have been hit by natural disasters due to extreme weather.
He also took jabs — without mentioning political parties — at those who are considered to be skeptical of man-made climate change.