Former President Barack Obama said he couldn’t have a debate with someone who thinks man-made global warming is a hoax while speaking at a summit in India on Friday.
Obama is in India as part of a three-country tour to promote the Obama Foundation. It’s the first speech Obama has made in India since leaving office earlier this year.
“I can sit down with someone and have an argument about about climate change, and in fact when we were working on the Paris Accords … there were some folks within the Indian government who would say to me ‘look we’re a poor country our priority has to be getting power and electricity to poor people and so we should not have to do X Y Z’, and I said ‘well I understand that,’” Obama said at a summit in New Delhi.
Obama added that “it’s hard to have a conversation if somebody says ‘well climate change is a hoax.’”
“I don’t know what to do with that,” Obama said, adding that “if you’re saying it’s a hoax, then there’s no way for us to bridge our differences in a constructive way.”
Obama referenced his unwillingness to speak with man-made global warming disbelievers in a town hall session with young Indians later that same day.
“I could have a discussion with somebody who says, ‘okay, yeah, there is climate change, but it is more important to alleviate poverty and get electricity to people so we should use coal, it is cheaper,’” Obama said.