Presidents say the darndest things to kids. Obama opened up on climate change in a recent interview with a child reporter from Scholastic News.
Compared to his recent reticence to talk about global warming and climate change at all, Obama is positively loquacious here. Here’s the transcript:
… Another big challenge that your generation is going to face is the environmental challenge. Although we’ve made big improvements over the last 20 or 30 years in making our air clean and our water clean, there are some big challenges around climate change. The temperature of the planet is getting warmer because of the pollution that we’re sending up into the air, the carbon that we’re releasing.
That’s causing changing weather patterns. In places like Florida you may be more vulnerable to hurricanes, in other areas we’ve seen more drought. It’s affecting people all around the world.
So we’ve got to get started trying to deal with this issue and we’ve got to make sure that your generation finds better ways to use energy more efficiently so we’re not sending out as much pollution into the air. So that’s going to be something that we’re really going to have to focus on.
Compared to the devastating impacts our inaction will have on the health and well-being of kids today, this is mild stuff. Of course, a video for kids is not the place to be drumming up support for climate action. No, that is something he needs to do when he is talking to adults.
h/t The Hill