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

Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. at Golden Hall on June 5th, 2012.
Lori Lum
Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. at Golden Hall on June 5th, 2012.

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."

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.