February 18, 2014
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer questioned President Barack Obama’s new climate change push on Monday, claiming “the president pretends that this is settled science” when in reality there is little the United States can do to reverse global carbon emissions.
Krauthammer spoke on a Fox News panel along with The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard and The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes about the White House’s new push on global warming. The columnist warned about the dangers of crafting policy based on unsettled scientific theory — especially when that theory admits there is little one country can do to halt runaway greenhouse gases.
“The president pretends that this is all settled science,” he began. “Newton’s laws were considered settled for 200 years until a patent clerk [Albert Einstein] in Switzerland turned them over with a single paper in 1903 — and that was pretty settled science. The idea that this is all settled is absurd.”