Gallows Humor on Climate

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Climate change was apparently a laugh line in Barack Obama’s State of the Union on Wednesday. Here’s a video, where the laughter at the line, “I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change,” is audible.

It’s hard to tell whether Republicans are laughing at the idea of global warming, or if Democrats are laughing at Republicans for being skeptics:

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