- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

President Obama on Wednesday chastised Republicans who he says don’t understand or choose to deny the reality of climate change.

In a speech at the Florida Everglades National Park, the president said the U.S. can wait no longer to confront the challenges posed by a changing climate. He urged Republicans to follow the lead of previous GOP leaders and not sit idly by as climate change worsens.

“Teddy Roosevelt is a Republican, started our national park system. Richard Nixon started the EPA. George H.W. Bush was the first president globally to acknowledge the impacts of climate change and that we needed to do something about it. This is not something that historically should be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his speech commemorating Earth Day. “We know that, in our own lives, if you’ve got a coming storm you don’t stick your head in the sand. You prepare for the storm.”

In conjunction with the Democratic National Committee and other party arms, the White House in recent days has launched an all-out assault on Republicans, accusing them of ignoring climate change and subsequently condemning the planet to certain doom.

Administration and Democratic party officials specifically have targeted Florida Gov. Rick Scott, former Florida Gov. and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. and declared presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others.

In his brief remarks at the Everglades, Mr. Obama also took a shot at Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican who in February brought a snowball to the Senate floor to make the case global warming is, at best, being blown out of proportion.

The president stressed that recent years have seen historic high temperatures, though he acknowledged Washington saw some abnormally cold stretches last winter.

“Some people in Washington helpfully used a snowball to illustrate that fact,” the president said.

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