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Taken from The Dori Monson Show on KIRO Radio.
Obama, in his visit to Seattle on Tuesday talking to the millionaires and billionaires he met with, made a point of saying that the wildfire here in Washington can be attributed to climate change. He said that at both of the fundraisers on Tuesday, according to people who were there.
We've got a quote from the president. It was not on tape, but we do have a quote. He said: "A lot of it has to do with drought. A lot of it has to do with changing precipitation patterns and a lot of that has to do with climate change."
This was something that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee echoed this morning here on KIRO Radio:
"The scientific community has given us models of what is going to happen in our forests in the next several decades and it means more fires, significantly," said Inslee. "They're telling us there could be about twice as many fires and twice as many acres burned by 2020, and four times as many in the succeeding decades. And the reason is the climate is changing. We're having increasing drought, higher temperatures, perhaps more wind."
Now, I don't know if the president and Jay Inslee believe what they say, that the fires are because of climate change, or if this is just a convenient political way to try to get legislation that will end up taxing us a fortune to fight climate change.
If they believe what they say, then they are the biggest hypocrites in the world because this fundraiser in Seattle on Tuesday did more to spew carbon emissions into our atmosphere than you or I will likely burn in our entire lifetime.
Our producer was stopped on I-5 for 40 minutes when the freeway was blocked for the presidential motorcade. He says he saw around 30 cars plus motorcycle cops, helicopters and police boats escorting the president.
So let's recap, for the Obama's visit, where both he and Jay Inslee said the problem with the wildfires can be attributed to climate change, he took a completely discretionary trip on Air Force One. There is also the transport cargo plane that flies the armored presidential limo and all the other SUVs for his entourage.
So they fly two airplanes cross-country to transport the president, his entourage, and his vehicles. You have King County Sheriff's deputies. You have Seattle police. You had Medina police. You had helicopters. You had police boats out on the water with machine guns and you had cars stopped for an hour.
I'm telling you with certainty, with absolute certainty, that on this trip to Seattle, which was completely discretionary and for nothing other than fundraising with a bunch of millionaires and billionaires, that they burned more fossil fuels and contributed more to carbon emissions than you or I would burn in a lifetime.
So if they really think that climate change is what is contributing to the Washington forest fires, why would they plan a trip like this? Why wouldn't all of these liberal Democratic donors, why wouldn't they just say: 'We agree with you on climate change, don't' do the discretionary trip to Seattle. We don't need a picture with you that bad. We don't need you at our waterfront mansion that desperately because we believe in the cause of fighting climate change.' Why wouldn't they just wire the money to the Democratic National Committee or the Democratic Senatorial campaign, mail a check?
Why in the world, if they say climate change is the most important pressing need of our time -which Jay Inslee and Barack Obama separately have said - would they do things that contribute more to that problem? Either, they don't really believe what they are saying about climate change and they don't mind being the greatest polluters of all, or they are lying when they say this is the most pressing need. Because to them money is more pressing than the issue of climate change. There is no other explanation.
Blaming the wildfires on climate change on a day when they did more to contribute to that supposed problem than any human beings alive, it's pretty amazing to listen to that kind of hypocrisy.
Taken from Wednesday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.