Unicorns doled out for climate change deniers
August 13th, 2013
11:38 AM ET
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Unicorns doled out for climate change deniers

(CNN) – As part of their push to promote President Barack Obama's climate change agenda, the political group formed from his presidential campaign is going after Republican lawmakers who have expressed skepticism of climate change.

The group sent a message on Twitter Tuesday with a photo of a "climate denier award" trophy, topped by a unicorn. The group's volunteers are delivering the statues to lawmakers Tuesday.


And on Monday, they issued a blunt message for followers of Obama's own Twitter account, which the groups runs.

The effort was part of a larger push from the group to "hold members of Congress accountable for their positions on climate change," according to a press release.

OFA said their volunteers would hold events in congressional districts of lawmakers who deny climate change to hand out the unicorn awards.

Coinciding with the Obama's group's push is a $2 million ad buy from the League of Conservation Voters, who said Monday they would air spots in the home states of four Republicans who have opposed Obama's moves on climate change.

The ads will air in the districts of Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, Dan Benishek, R-Michigan, and Mike Coffman, R-Colorado.

"The American people are tired of Washington politicians ignoring basic scientific facts and standing in the way of action on climate change," Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement. "This ad campaign shows that members of Congress won't be able to sweep their extreme, anti-science voting records under the rug."

Last month Obama unveiled an aggressive new climate change strategy that would limit pollution from existing coal-fired power plants, issuing directives requiring the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for plants that are already active.

During his speech at Georgetown University, he also said he doesn't have much patience for those who say there's no proof of man-made climate change.

"We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society," he said.

Republicans are sharply critical of the plans, saying they amount to a "war on coal" that would kill American jobs and make energy more expensive.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: climate change • President Obama
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. sonny chapman

    The folks who continue to deny Climate Change were so quick to accept that Saddam Hussein had WMD's AND that he was on the verge of giving them to el Qiuda to be used against us.

    August 13, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. California Gary

    Hey.......wait a minute......you're telling me the world is round? Then how come we don't fall off? Where's your proof? Sounds like a bunch of liberal scientific hogwash to me..........science is for wussies. Real men believe in only two things: God and guns (and they only believe in God when it suits them). Let me go get my scientist that owes his soul to the oil industry, and then we'll have that discussion about global warming.......

    August 13, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    I am no expert on climate change but I can say this. It's August 13 and it's 64° in Michigan at 12 noon. We have had 60's, 70's, some 80's and maybe 5 90° days since June. People are walking around in jackets in August! In MI a typical August day is 85-90°, not 60. I know this because I have lived here my entire life.

    August 13, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Ah. I see...

    War on Coal! Uh Oh! We gotta buy more warships, planes, and nukes! Quick get the MIC on the phone! We'll have to redouble our fracking efforts! Sinkholes and other devastation will eviscerate our countryside as fast as ever but on the other hand, counts of black lung disease and canary deaths will plummet.

    Course, we could always use things like water, wind, and solar energy...but where's the profit in that? Plus our Republican Congressmen say we don't get a lot of sun and that wind towers are mind control devices for the government. Who knew?! I wouldn't invest in water energy either...there won't be much of that left if things go on as they have.

    August 13, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Gunderson

    Climate Change real.
    So far Old Gunderson no figure how feed hay in front of cow and have clean air come out back. I try live on tree moss and branch water. You too?

    August 13, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. just saying

    obama and the democrats are hell bent on killing the coal industry and all of those jobs. obama was recorded saying the price of electricity will sky rocket. i guess the government will then have to start an electricity welfare entitlement program.

    August 13, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. anonymous

    the lunatic liberal intelligencia was screaming that the planet was entering a new ice age in the 1970's.... then their global warming bs was debunked. now they change the name again to climate change. this is yet another liberal scam to take money from people and create a larger more onerous government. al gore has gotten rich off this scam while jetting all over the world in his private jet

    August 13, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. patNY

    Global Warming Deniers actually believe this is all God's Will, that it's part of the natural order of the End of Times, and feel like there is nothing we can, nor should do, to stop it.

    Those of us who think otherwise, and know we can curb man made global warming need to wise up to what our enemies are really like so we know how to fight them.

    August 13, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Yep... climate change is real. It's been real for about 4 billion years.

    August 13, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    @Gunderson,

    Maybe Gunderson can use energy-saving lightbulb and drive fuel-efficient car and let cows take care of selves.

    And Data like branch water in his Kentucky bourbon.

    August 13, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    @Fair is Fair,

    Fair point about the 24th Amendment (from the Voter ID thread). But I submit that state government "unicorns" won't suddenly appear in distant rural areas. Obtaining a VoterID will constitute an expense of time and trouble. Unless I'm entirely mistaken and all of it can be done through snail mail ... in which case, the veracity of a mailed-in photo would have to be called into question, anyway.

    August 13, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Boston Bean

    Climate changes every other day in New England. It has been doing it since the beginning of time. Liberals think this is something new? And they call themselves smart?

    August 13, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Boo

    And yet most climate change deniers believe in an invisible man in the sky....go figure.

    August 13, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    anonymous

    the lunatic liberal intelligencia was screaming that the planet was entering a new ice age in the 1970's.... then their global warming bs was debunked. now they change the name again to climate change.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, and cancer treatment was entirely different than today's modern advances, and AIDS didn't even exist! Yet through scientific discovery, we've gotten smarter about medicine – AND about global climate change. I live on the west coast of Florida and where there used to be little beaches behind the houses on the intercoastal waterways during low tide back in the 70s. Now the water is a few inches below the top of the seawall during low tide, and we get water topping the seawall if we have a high tide during a storm, and during astronomical high tides. The Shore Acres neighborhood in St. Petersburg floods and the roads are impassable EVERY TIME IT RAINS! The seawalls didn't get lower – the water is getting higher!

    August 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. just saying

    Data Driven
    Obtaining a VoterID will constitute an expense of time and trouble.
    -–

    the very same can be said for filling out our tax returns every year yet we all must do it right?

    August 13, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Unicorns - the perfect gift for rightwing drama queens who are told by their corporate puppetmasters which fairytales to believe in.

    Science, the most conservative enterprise we have on this Earth, is abandoned and denegrated by today's so-called "conservatives" in favor of politically motivated fairytales. That alone should tell you that these rightwing sub-cretins are anything but conservative. Take just saying and fair is fair for instance - if they would combine brains at least the combination would then begin to register on the brain-activity scale at the low-level of 'stupid'. Right now they are just two separate inept floaters in the [R] cesspool.

    August 13, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Data Driven

    @Fair is Fair,

    Fair point about the 24th Amendment (from the Voter ID thread). But I submit that state government "unicorns" won't suddenly appear in distant rural areas. Obtaining a VoterID will constitute an expense of time and trouble. Unless I'm entirely mistaken and all of it can be done through snail mail ... in which case, the veracity of a mailed-in photo would have to be called into question, anyway.
    -------
    I understand your point about incurring an expense of time and trouble to obtain a VoterID. I also submit to you that the same expense of time and trouble occurs to exersise the franchise. What say you?

    August 13, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Obtaining a VoterID will constitute an expense of time and trouble.
    -–

    the very same can be said for filling out our tax returns every year yet we all must do it right?"

    That's a two-for: relevance and analogy fails all at once.

    August 13, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Tony

    Republicans don't believe in unicorns, unless they are named "tax cuts" or "tax cuts increase revenues."

    August 13, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "the very same can be said for filling out our tax returns every year yet we all must do it right?

    Wow. Two birds with one stone there champ: you failed at relevance AND at making an analogy.

    August 13, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Pete

    I'm glad someone,sometime will address this climate change problem too bad republicans aren't included in the gran scheme of things as usual..Working as a union welder we had plenty of work till Bush got in with his presidency...We had plenty of pollution controls and other work to help curb climate change to do from Clintons administration..But again so Bush came along and as we welders were gearing up for some big industrial projects our project super said no deal guys not only are the pollution control projects selved but you've all been laid off as well..That what happens when an ignorent corporate serving president takes money over his countrys health but that's been republicans stance with climate change all along hasn't it!!To republicans people don't matter their corporate masters do!!

    August 13, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. it is what it is

    I'm all for things that will cut pollution, but putting up windmills that kill birds is almost as dumb as this President. Fact: based on Core samples taken in the Arctic this planet has warmed and cooled before and cars were not around at that time. Fact: the sun is hitting it's peak solar cycle and its pols will switch in the next couple months thus brinign it back to a calmer state with regards to solar storms. Fact: we don't know enough about this planet to make wild assumptions on what the weather will be in the next week let alone in the next 1000 years. Fact: the planet will be around long after humans are gone no matter what state it's in. Climate change is a money making farce. i believe the temp is different today then it was yesterday and yet the sky hasn't fallen. the science is greatly flawed and all of you couch Climatologists need to calm down and enjoy your granola.

    August 13, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Why don't you geniuses ask China, if you can find it in spite of the smog, how their people are coping with their air.
    Sea levels have risen, it's nt just about temperature. I could give you information about it but if you are not willing to see the truth why bother.
    I bet you still think that Iraq had WMDs and that TE mutant for AK is smart.

    August 13, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Pedant

    The award is for those who deny that there is a Climate. ( how stoopid are they?) Not those who deny that the climate is changing.
    The clue is in the engraving. Or did they just miss out " anthropologic climate" because they could not afford to pay for those extra long words?

    August 13, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |