“I know it's hard to talk about global warming here in Chicago after this winter,” he said. “But everybody here understands that it's changing weather patterns that are at stake here, with potentially devastating, catastrophic consequences.”
According to the National Weather Service, it was one of the Windy City’s coldest winters in history.
Obama pointed out that Republicans continued to “deny the science” on climate change but highlighted the progresss that his administration had achieved in subsidizing solar and wind energy.
“Climate change remains a generational challenge that we've got to tackle boldly,” he said. “And, unfortunately, we've got a Congress that right now just can't seem to get anything done.”
Obama attended a fundraiser at the home of Michael Polsky, the president and CEO of Invenergy, an energy company heavily invested in wind and solar power. Noting media reports of Congressional gridlock, Obama pointed out that many Americans were getting discouraged.
“There’s a tendency to say, a plague on both your houses. But the truth of the matter is that the problem in Congress is very specific,” he added, citing the Republican Party.
Democrats, he claimed, were willing to compromise.
“The problem is not that the Democrats are overly ideological -- because the truth of the matter is, is that the Democrats in Congress have consistently been willing to compromise and reach out to the other side,” Obama said.
Obama also joked during his speech that he was beginning to feel old.
“All of you look the same and I look like Morgan Freeman,” he said after pointing out some of his old friends from his days in Chicago.
“So the job has been wearing me down a little bit, I admit, grey hair and all that. But Michelle still thinks I'm cute. She’s not ready to trade me in yet,” he added.