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U.S. President Barack Obama renewed his push to curb carbon emissions Saturday, saying ignoring climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese.

He urged the 2014 graduating class of the University of California, Irvine, to combat global warming and not be swayed by "a stubborn status quo, people determined to stymie your efforts to bring about change."

"When President Kennedy set us on a course for the moon, there were a number of people who made a serious case that it would be too expensive, that it would take too long," Obama said. "But nobody ignored the science. I don't remember anyone saying the moon wasn't there, or that it was made of cheese."

His remarks were frequently met with boisterous applause and whistles, and several standing ovations.

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 15, 2014 A1

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