If you own a business and are skeptical of the theory of man-made climate change, President Barack Obama wants the U.S. government to be gunning for you.
Obama and actor Leonardo DiCaprio were key speakers at a "South by South Lawn" White House event and suggested some harsh penalties for people they see as climate change "deniers," according to The Daily Signal.
Obama declared, “It takes time to ramp up these new energy sources, and we are in a battle against time. The best way we can spur that kind of innovation is to either create regulation that says, ‘Figure it out and if you don’t figure it out then you’re going to pay a penalty,’ or to create something like a carbon tax which gives an economic incentive for businesses to do this.”
But DiCaprio, sharing the stage with Obama, first suggested a much harsher penalty. He said that "if you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts or in science or in empirical truths." His suggested punishment? That they “should not be allowed to hold public office.”
At that point, Obama shook his head and interrupted, "Now, Leo, I'm with you most of the way, but I think you went just a tad too far with that last comment."
Actually, Obama didn't say that. Watch what he does as DiCaprio makes that statement, starting at 1:27 in the video below:
As DiCaprio proclaims that climate change deniers also deny facts in general, you can see Obama clearly nodding his head in agreement. Then, as DiCaprio says deniers shouldn't be allowed to involved in political leadership, the crowd cheers, and you can see Obama smirk before smiling broadly as he looks away.
Immediately after, DiCaprio introduces Obama with a question, and Obama briefly answers it before going into a few minutes of thank-yous, introductions, and small talk. At no point does he contest DiCaprio's assertion that a huge portion of our country's population should be barred from ever holding a political office anywhere.
What do you think about this, folks?