Following President Barack Obama's pledge to bring his climate change plan to fruition, Organizing for Action volunteers on Tuesday delivered congressional naysayers their very own "Climate Denier Awards": unicorn trophies.
— OFA (@OFA) August 13, 2013
The awards feature mounted unicorns with engraved messages "honoring" recipients for "exceptional extremism and ignoring the overwhelming judgment of science." OFA zeroed in on a contingent of conservative lawmakers dismissing climate change and global warming, including Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). According to an email distributed by OFA, a total of 135 members of Congress can expect to receive a trophy at their offices today.
"These awards are as real as the scientific evidence saying climate change is happening," said social director Caleb Gardner in an announcement on OFA's website. "The volunteers who are delivering them are hoping they will serve as a physical reminder that their constituents will hold these lawmakers accountable to their votes on climate issues."
OFA, which manages the president's Twitter account, took to social media early this week to begin gearing up for Tuesday's "award" delivery.
Gravity exists. The Earth is round. Climate change is happening. #ScienceSaysSo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 12, 2013
Subsequent tweets and materials delivered to "climate change deniers" assert that "NASA + 97% of scientists accept the science of climate change." Despite the statistic, 55 percent of congressional Republicans -- including House Science Subcommittee on Environment chair Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) -- reject climate change as a legitimate threat.