While the East Coast is still digging out from under its latest snow storm and braces for more, Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed himself leader of the Chicken Little Society. On Sunday he repeated Obama’s crack about climate change deniers being members of the Flat Earth Society.
“The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand,” Kerry said. “We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”
“I am willing to work with anybody … to combat this threat on behalf of our kids,” Obama said in June. “But I don’t have much patience for anybody who argues the problem is not real. We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
“We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts,” Kerry told the audience at a U.S. Embassy-run American Center in a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday.
Facts? Such as the fact there has been no global warming for 17 years, despite ever rising carbon output worldwide?
Facts? Such as the fact 2013 ranks as one of the least extreme U.S. weather years ever. Lowest number of tornadoes in decades. Fewer wildfires. Fewer 100-degree days. It’s been eight years since a major hurricane hit the U.S. (Hurricane Sandy was a category 2.)
As for the drought in the West, it might well be a return to normal. While factories and vehicles and power plants pumped out tons of carbon, a study of tree rings along the banks of the Colorado River by researchers from the University of Arizona found that the 20th century was the wettest of any century going back to the 4th century B.C.
Yes, those snows are just weather, but anyone that appears to support their religious belief in climate change is proof positive of climate change.
Kerry listed Pacific flooding and typhoons as such examples. “This city, this country, this region, is really on the front lines of climate change,” Kerry said. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that your entire way of life here is at risk. … In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
His solution: Less burning of fossil fuels, use of job-killing renewable energy that cost a fortune to build and operate, while releasing tons of carbon and other toxins during manufacture and demolition and must have idling fossil fuel plants ready to back them up.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling!