Kerry comes out swinging on climate change

The Hill – by Ben Geman

John Kerry used his first major speech as secretary of State to make that case that failing to confront climate change means missing big economic opportunities — and worse.

“If we waste this opportunity, it may be the only thing our generation — generations — are remembered for. We need to find the courage to leave a far different legacy,” Kerry said in a wide-ranging address Wednesday at the University of Virginia.

Kerry again signaled that he hopes to use his role as top diplomat to promote green energy technologies, arguing they can provide a major boost to U.S. industries in the “next great revolution in our marketplace.”

He also cited the prospect of new markets for “America’s second-to-none innovators and entrepreneurs.”

“We need to commit ourselves to doing the smart thing and the right thing and to truly take on this challenge, because if we don’t rise to meet it, then rising temperatures and rising sea levels will surely lead to rising costs down the road. Ask any insurance company,” he said.

The Hill’s Julian Pecquet has much more on the speech here.

The State Department represents the U.S. at ongoing international talks to craft a new global climate accord, and has an array of bilateral climate and green energy partnerships, among other global warming-related work.

Kerry is also under pressure from green groups to reject to proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that State is reviewing.

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8 thoughts on “Kerry comes out swinging on climate change

  1. The gov has helped send your jobs overseas with “free trade”, raised the cost of health care, raised taxes, violated your constitutional rights….and now they want you to pay them money to stop a climate cycle that has been in motion for billions of years…impossible no mater how much of your money they steal. Worst government…..ever. and war criminals too.

  2. Hanoi Heinz will answer globull warming to every question. Our enemies are laughing their asses off as a once great representative republic commits suicide.

  3. The only things that are settled about Global Warming is by the politicians on the left, catering to activists who know politicking but don’t have a clue about the way science works. The Global Warming hypothesis has not been proven and the predictions made by the computer modeling geeks failed. Trying to get the main ingredient in the production of food to be the fall-guy for the warming alarmists is so counterproductive and counter-intuitive as to be profoundly embarrassed at their ignorance of basic sciences. Kids begin learning about photosynthesis in elementary school but forget by the time they are in college, ready to march for a cause.

  4. Kerry and the Gang have raped the Earth with geoengineering and now they all want to make big bucks off of the carbon credit trades. Geoengineering is killing the Earth; it is the primary cause for any global climate catastrophes. Stop methane buildup, stop chemtrails, stop fracking – don’t continue this charade of global warming fear mongering.

  5. There was a report commisioned by JFK back in 1962, that wasn’t completed until 1966. It was designed to come up with the most credible ‘global’ threats to all mankind (real or contrived).

    It’s known as the Iron Mountain Report, and the # 1 threat listed was “climate change” (global warming by a different name).

    #2 threat? Alien invasion.(NOT the cross-border kind, btw)

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