"President says members of congress are feigning ignorance of science because they fear backlash from 'fringe elements'."
"Barack Obama has turned up the political heat on climate deniers, making fun of Republicans in Congress for catering to 'a bunch of fringe elements'.
In a speech to environmental activists in Washington, Obama suggested Republicans were playing dumb on climate change to avoid a backlash from ultra-conservative Tea Party elements.
Republicans actually recognised climate change was real, Obama suggested, but were afraid to admit it in public.
'They ducked the question and said 'Hey I'm not a scientist,' which really translates into 'I accept that manmade climate change is real but if I say so I will be run out of town by a bunch of fringe elements,'' Obama said.
'So I am just going to pretend like – I don't know – I can't read.'"