Obama in Africa: ‘The Planet Will Boil Over’ If Everybody Has a Car, Air Conditioning and a Big House

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Speaking at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, President Barack Obama claimed that “the planet will boil over” if everyone has access to air conditioning, automobiles and big houses.

That is, unless the world finds “new ways of producing energy,” he said.

“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy,” Obama said.

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