Facts, as they say, are facts. On the other hand, untrue representations presented as facts are either uninformed, intentionally disingenuous, or a combination of the two.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements attacking those who challenge the existence of a human-caused climate crisis likely fall into the third category.
Speaking at a February 16 press conference in a U.S. Embassy-run American Center held at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kerry described climate change as the world’s “most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He also referred to those who don’t subscribe to that hell-in-a-hand basket global warming apocalypse as “Flat-Earthers”.
Kerry told the audience: “We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts. The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”
First of all, let’s briefly review just a few real facts:
- There has been no statistical global warming for the past 17 years. Most of today’s high school students haven’t witnessed it in their lifetimes.
- There is absolutely no credible scientific consensus that human activities, including fossil burning, are having a dangerous (or even measurable) influence on climate change — either for warming or cooling.
- The climate-crisis, dogma-premised “sustainable energy” fetish has caused disastrous government policies in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in Europe where failures have produced economic distress.
- Nations are abandoning the U.N.’s climate hype-promoted Kyoto carbon emission reduction commitments in droves as its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change struggles to explain why its model-based predictions have been spectacularly disproven by Mother Nature.
- Climate changes without any help from us, has for millions of years, and as we can expect, always will, with Ice Ages occurring during about 90 percent of the time.
John Kerry voted against carbon restrictions before he voted for them. After all, he was among those who unanimously passed a 1997 Byrd-Hagel resolution against the Kyoto treaty. He knew better than to publicly support a politically unsavory treaty which the bill asserted “would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States."
Then in 2010, Kerry and fellow Senator Joe Lieberman co-sponsored a failed attempt to pass a cap-and-trade end-run called the “American Power Act.” A more appropriate description, however, would have been “American power grab." Rather than developing our nation's vast domestic fossil energy resources, it emphasized ways to mitigate the alleged effects of carbon-based energy upon climate by creating at least 60 expensive new bureaucratic agencies and projects.
Secretary of State Kerry will serve as either the Obama administration’s designated scapegoat or an environmental activist hero for the final decision whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Have no doubt that he realizes there’s a lot of green at risk for his party, not to mention his own future ambitions, if decisions don’t go with the greenies.
Billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has indicated willingness to earmark $100 million or more to help put or keep congressional candidates who support his priority to kill the Keystone pipeline. Since the pipeline crosses the U.S. border, the State Department under Kerry’s authority will (at least officially) have final say on permitting.
After a five-year wait, Keystone XL has met 57 specific pipeline safety standard requirements with flying colors. Another study released in January concluded that the pipeline would have minimal impact on climate — not because there’s no scientific evidence that any pipeline would, but rather because the Canadian oil sands will be developed anyway.
Even if the pipeline isn’t built, Canada certainly won’t leave those resources in the ground. Instead, they will be sent to an energy-eager China.
Speaking of fossil energy-thirsty China, Kerry has deftly negotiated a “unique cooperative effort” with the country to combat climate change. Speaking at a press conference at a Beijing car-making factory he said: “I’m very pleased to report today that the leaders of China have agreed to join us in a mutual effort — China and the United States will put extra effort into exchanging information and discussing policies that will help both of us to be able to develop and lead on the standards that need to be announced next year in the global climate-change agreement.”
And maybe while we’re exchanging ideas with China about jointly addressing any climatological weapon of mass destruction threat, they can give us a hand with some other global dangers as well. China’s assistance in arresting WMD terrorism threats posed by Iran, North Korea, and Syria immediately come to mind as examples of climate changes in global security cooperation we can all wish for.
Larry Bell is a professor and endowed professor at the University of Houston, where he directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture and heads the graduate program in space architecture. He is author of “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax,” and his professional aerospace work has been featured on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel-Canada. Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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