Donning the robes of High Priest of Science, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a rousing sermon on March 12 that presumed to speak for both Science and Religion on the supposed existential threat of anthropogenic (manmade) global warming, AGW. Warning that we face “utter catastrophe” and the end of “life as we know it on Earth” if we “do nothing” to stop global warming, Kerry said failing to act “is beyond reckless. It is just plain immoral.”
Secretary Kerry delivered his AGW jeremiad before the Atlantic Council, as part of the globalist organization’s “The Road to Paris” Climate Series, which is aimed at stirring support for the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, France.
However, before putting on his preacher’s robe to condemn the unbelievers, Rev. Kerry first got into his scientist’s robe to establish with dogmatic certainty the inerrancy of the AGW gospel.
“When an apple falls from a tree, it will drop toward the ground,” Kerry intoned with Newtonian gravitas. “We know that because of the basic laws of physics. Science tells us that gravity exists, and no one disputes that. Science also tells us that when the water temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it turns to ice. No one disputes that.”
Everyone must have known that a great leap of Al Gorian logic was about to be made. “So when science tells us that our climate is changing and humans beings are largely causing that change,” Kerry continued, “by what right do people stand up and just say, ‘Well, I dispute that’ or ‘I deny that elementary truth?’ And yet, there are those who do so.”
Indeed there are such people, Mr. Reverend Secretary. People such as Prof. Richard Lindzen of MIT, who, during the previous week, had published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal challenging the ongoing climate change hysteria that truly threatens our liberty, our energy availability, our prosperity, and our security. Unlike Secretary Kerry, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rajendra Pachauri, Dr. Lindzen is a real scientist of world class renown. In his recent Journal piece, he wrote:
World leaders proclaim that climate change is our greatest problem, demonizing carbon dioxide. Yet atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have been vastly higher through most of Earth’s history. Climates both warmer and colder than the present have coexisted with these higher levels.
Currently elevated levels of carbon dioxide have contributed to increases in agricultural productivity. Indeed, climatologists before the recent global warming hysteria referred to warm periods as “climate optima.” Yet world leaders are embarking on costly policies that have no capacity to replace fossil fuels but enrich crony capitalists at public expense, increasing costs for all, and restricting access to energy to the world’s poorest populations that still lack access to electricity’s immense benefits.
“Billions of dollars have been poured into studies supporting climate alarm, and trillions of dollars have been involved in overthrowing the energy economy,” notes Dr. Lindzen. “So it is unsurprising that great efforts have been made to ramp up hysteria, even as the case for climate alarm is disintegrating.”
Last year a U.S. Senate committee study entitled “The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA,” showed that the radical Heinz Family Foundation, largely controlled by John Kerry’s wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, is one of the major funders of the AGW alarmist movement.
Phony 97 Percent “Consensus” — Again
In his Atlantic Council address, Kerry said that “no matter how much people want to bury their heads in the sand, it will not alter the fact that 97 percent of peer-reviewed climate studies confirm that climate change is happening and that human activity is largely responsible.” “It is rare, rare, rare — I can tell you after 28 years-plus in the Senate — to get a super majority of studies to agree on anything,” he continued. “But 97 percent, over 20-plus years — that’s a dramatic statement of fact that no one of good conscience has a right to ignore.”
People of good conscience would have a right to ignore that alleged “statement of fact,” Mr. Secretary, even if it were true. That’s an indispensible right guaranteed here in America by the First Amendment of the Constitution you've sworn to uphold. In fact, people of good conscience have both a right and a duty to expose and oppose the false AGW claims that are being used to enact laws and policies that strip us of our rights to engage in all those activities necessary to being a free and independent people. They have a right and duty to challenge your use of the discredited, fabricated consensus nonsense of John Cook and Naomi Oreskes, which we have repeatedly exposed (see, for instance, here, here, here, and here.
It is the continued, obstinate use of the phony consensus meme by you and your AGW allies, Secretary Kerry, to intimidate and vilify all opposition, along with your attempts to use the fear generated by AGW alarmism to establish a tyrannical global climate regime that is truly immoral.
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