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President Joe Biden spent part of his overseas trip wringing his hands over the possibility that global temperatures could rise by 1.5°, calling the prospect “more frightening than nuclear war.”
Biden made the comments from a Hanoi, Vietnam, press conference – during which he also referred to those who didn’t buy into climate alarmism as “lying dog-faced pony soldiers” and claimed that he’d borrowed the line (which he’s used before) from an old John Wayne movie.
WATCH: Joe Biden says climate change ‘is even more frightening than a nuclear war’ pic.twitter.com/PF2tPdJmsC
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Biden first called on his Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry, who he said had forgotten more about emissions than most could ever learn.
“Correct me if I get this wrong, John, but I’m quite sure I’m right,” he said. “And that is that there’s more carbon absorbed from the air into the Amazon region, into the ground — the ground — than emitted in the entire United States on the same basis.”
“Now imagine if people go in and do what we did, 150-200 years ago — and cut down the forest and start farming in that area,” Biden continued, going on to say that the larger and wealthier nations should be doing what they could to prevent developing nations from employing those same strategies.
“In addition to helping the environment overall — and the only existential threat humanity faces, even more frightening than a — than a nuclear war, is global warming going above 1.5° in the next 20, ten years,” Biden added. “It would be real trouble, There’s no way back from that.”
During the same press conference, Biden referred to “climate deniers” as “lying, dog-faced pony soldiers” — a line he’s used before and claims he picked up from a John Wayne film.
JOE BIDEN: “The Indian looks at John Wayne and points to the Union soldier and says, 'He's a lying, dog-faced pony soldier!' Well there's a lot of lying, dog-faced pony soldiers out there about global warming..”
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“My brother loves having these famous lines from movies, famous quotes,” Biden prefaced, adding, “And one of them is there’s a movie about John Wayne, he’s an Indian scout, and they’re trying — I think it was Apache or one of the great tribes of America back on a reservation.”
The president went on to say something about the headdresses and Union soldiers who were apparently trying to get the Native Americans to go with them somewhere, promising them they’d be taken care of.
“And the Indian scout points to the Union soldier and says, ‘He’s a lying, dog-faced pony soldier,'” Biden continued. “Well there’s a lot of lying, dog-faced pony soldiers out there about — about global warming.”
But despite Biden’s insistence that he stole the line from the Duke, TMZ reported that the quote — as Biden delivered it — does not actually exist. Instead, it appears to be a strange mash-up of John Wayne lines crossed with a 1952 Tyrone Power film titled “Pony Soldier.”