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(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama likened Republican politicians who are calling for increased oil drilling and disparaging his efforts to subsidize the development of alternative energy soucres such as wind power, solar power and algae to "founding members of the Flat Earth Society."
“Lately, we’ve heard a lot of professional politicians, a lot of the folks who are running for a certain office who shall go unnamed, they've been talking down new sources of energy,” Obama said Thursday at Prince George's Community College in Maryland.
“They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers," said Obama.
"They think that's good for our future. We’re trying to move towards the future; they want to be stuck in the past," he said. “We’ve heard this kind of thinking before. Let me tell you something. If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society."
“They would not have believed that the world was round," said Obama. "We've heard these folks in the past. They probably would have agreed with one of the pioneers of the radio who said, ‘Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.’ One of Henry Ford’s advisors was quoted as saying, ‘The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a fad."