Obama: ‘Planet will boil over’ if Africans have Air Conditioning Cars and Big Houses!
While speaking at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama said the planet would boil if people in Africa were allowed to have air conditioning, cars and big houses, CNS News reported Monday.
“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy,” he said.
CNS News said Obama made his comments the day before unveiling his “Power Africa” initiative for a “sustainable” African energy strategy that will cost American taxpayers $7 billion and include electric soccer balls that generate electricity when kicked.
“POTUS will cite on Tuesday two women from Harvard who invented what’s called the ‘socket ball’ — it’s a soccer ball that has a small electric generator inside a soccer ball. As kids kick it around all day, it generates electricity and stores it in a battery,” the Weekly Standard said, citing a pool report from Air Force One.
“Kids play soccer all day long. They take the thing, the ball home, and you can plug a lamp into it and they can read at night. Or they can plug a cell phone charger into it,” said White House aide Mike Froman.
An article at the Independent Journal Review called Obama’s comments “cruel” and characterized Obama as an imperial “jet-setting politician” lecturing Africans on what they can and cannot have.
CNS said that according to Obama, global warming constitutes “the biggest challenge we have environmentally,” one greater than all other environmental calamities like “dirty water, dirty air.”
But that flies in the face of an October 2012 World Health Organization study which found that as many as three million people died from air pollution, more than 20 times the number of alleged victims of global warming.
CNS also cited a UNESCO study that said unsanitized water causes billions of preventable diseases annually.
Obama, however, gave these concerns short shrift, focusing on global warming.
Video of Obama’s town hall in South Africa can be seen here.