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Obama Urges San Diegans To ‘Call Out’ Rep. Duncan Hunter On Climate Change Denial

President Obama's non-profit launched a website today urging Twitter users to "call out" Republicans in Congress who dispute the science behind man-made climate change. The interactive site helps users find their nearest Congressional climate skeptic and allows them to send these lawmakers a message reading, "Stop denying the science of #climate change. It's time for Congress to act."

Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. at Golden Hall on June 5th, 2012.
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Above: Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. at Golden Hall on June 5th, 2012.

The site was put together by Organizing for Action (OFA), the group that emerged out of President Obama's re-election campaign. If the campaign takes off, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter should expect an influx of tweets coming his way.

Rep. Hunter's district covers the eastern and northern edges of San Diego County. He was included in OFA's roundup of climate change deniers over statements he made at a 2009 forum put on by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce:

Nobody really knows the cause ... It could be caused by carbon dioxide or methane. Maybe we should kill the cows to stop the methane, or stop breathing to stop the CO2 ... Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives ... We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself.

Scientists who say humans don't play a role in climate change are becoming "a vanishingly small" minority, according to the latest survey of climatology research. A study published in Environmental Research Letters last week reveals that more than 97 percent of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals agree that the Earth's temperature is rising due to human activities.

Meanwhile, President Obama has himself been criticized for not being tough on climate change. Environmentalists plan to picket OFA events. They're calling on the Obama administration to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pump energy-intensive tar sand oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | May 20, 2013 at 5:20 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I question if Obama is trying to follow Al Gore's footsteps to richness from climate change. As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on climate change. Perhaps Duncan is as correct as the President. How about those who think so, call the White House line to tell them so. Call this number to leave a comment >> 202-456-1111

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DIZZY | May 20, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Look climate change up. It will say hundreds and hundreds of years of plain old weather. The same old stuff that I have lived with for decades and has not changed one bit . This scam is for revenue generation alone or for you uneducated just another reason to take peoples money that they have earned through their hard work and god given sweat.

HUNTER WOULD BE A GREAT PRESIDENT.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 20, 2013 at 9:32 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Mr. Hunter is an intellectually dishonest hack.

He won based on daddy's name, and he is basically a puppet put in place to sign local defense contracts, i.e. keep his cronies who profit from military contracts rolling in cash.

When he tries to wade into any realm of science or world affairs, he embarrasses himself with his stunning lack of knowledge.

He makes Rick Perry look like a college professor.

He is also biased on this issue as he represents companies involved in the defense sector who re against environmental regulation.

Mr. Muckapoo, you often refer to "following the money" in your posts.

Follow this:

(1) Companies, many who contract with the defense industry, are against environmental regulations

(2) Said companies have lobbyists and contribute money to people like Mr. Hunter with the premise that they will represent their interests, even if it involves ignoring science and the facts

(3) Hunter is ensured more big donations come the next election

(4) people like you and Dizzy devour the red meat thrown out by idiots like Hunter and make insane claims that 97% of the world's climate scientists have decided to completely discard their life's work to come on board some elaborate hoax masterminded by Mr Gore.

According to Mr. Hunter and the other two posters here, the most corrupt profession on earth is not lawyers, not gang members, not career criminals - but scientists - because they claim 97% of them are lying as part of some political crusade.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 20, 2013 at 9:37 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

By the way, Obama's organization wouldn't be wasting their time on this dope unless they have data showing he's vulnerable.

People in his district must be wising up and realizing they don't want to be represented by someone who is dumb as dirt.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 20, 2013 at 9:43 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Muckapoo: "As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out on climate change."

97% of the world's climate scientists - people who have dedicated their lives to studying climate - have concluded humans are impacting our planet's climate.

What, exactly, would convince you anthropogenic climate change is real?

Do you honestly believe that all the pollution being released into our earth, water, and air has no impact on our plant because Hunter says so?

Or maybe it's because kooky old man Coleman on KUSI who has no science background but a degree in JOURNALISM told you so?

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | May 21, 2013 at 10:54 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree with Duncan and support him fully! It is sad to see so many people on the left in an utter state of ignorance. People are making billions of dollars off the green industry. It is nothing more than a business trend. The ice caps have been growing and receding for thousands of years. We have ancient maps of the land underneath them. How did people know what was under the ice so long ago? Did they have satellite technology? Nope! The ice wasn't there. But go ahead and fork over more money for your eco-friendly products.

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DeLaRick | May 21, 2013 at 1:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Politics aside, there has to be a difference between CO2 emissions before the Industrial Revolution and after. Coal-burning factories and automobiles didn't exist "thousands of years" ago. Logically, we've experienced an increase. Don't confuse methane emissions with carbon ones.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 21, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

JeanMarc: "It is sad to see so many people on the left in an utter state of ignorance"

It's not just people on the left, it's moderates and increasingly even conservatives.

Those with your viewpoints which have no scientific backing are withering and are contained to the far right-wing conspiracy tinfoil hat fringe of America.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 21, 2013 at 2:32 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

"Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives ... We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself."

- Duncan Hunter Jr.

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This is the level of intelligence of Congress. Not just Hunter as uneducated comments like this are routine from both Republicans and Democrats.

And Obama, who is too busy with countless scandals, begs his supporters to call out Hunter with TWEETS. His commitment to the environment is....tweets.

Are you proud of Washington DC? Do you still have faith in the federal government?

It is time to ask ourselves these hard questions and answer them with open eyes.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 21, 2013 at 2:41 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

CaDef, Holy Toledo, did Hunter really say that!!??!!?? And in a non-joking manner??

Wow. I don't know what's scarier - Hunter's butt-dumbness or the fact people in here are saying he would make a good President.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | May 21, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Once again I agree with his statement, it would be nice to have it a little warmer around here. It would probably cause the oceans to evaporate more and bring more rain, San Diego might become a tropical paradise! What's bad about that?

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 21, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

That quote from Mr. Hunter is almost as rich as Bush when he declared his belief that "Man and fish can coexist".

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | May 21, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

But man and fish do coexist. Fish exist in the ocean, man exists on land, at the same time.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 21, 2013 at 4:08 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Duck,

Sadly, I don't think Hunter was joking when he said that to the SD East County Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Even if he was joking, the comment is still idiotic. Seriously East County, he's not improving your reputation of being dimwitted yokels. Replace him.

But Obama and the Democrats aren't any better. Do you think they really want to fix climate change or do they simply want to profit from it (and get votes)?

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