Skip to comments.Kerry slams ‘disgraceful’ climate denial
Posted on 06/19/2012 10:16:34 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Kerry slams disgraceful climate denial By Ben Geman - 06/19/12 12:29 PM ET
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said theres a calculated campaign of disinformation on climate change that has stalled action on the issue and endangered the country.
We are living through a story of disgraceful denial, back-pedaling and delay that has brought us perilously close to a climate change catastrophe, Kerry said.
The Massachusetts senators lengthy floor speech called for the public to be pounding on the doors of Congress to act, and cataloged global perils such as drought, floods, wildfires, threatened coastlines, disease risks and more, noting the danger we face could not be more real.
In the United States, a calculated campaign of disinformation has steadily beaten back the consensus momentum for action on climate change and replaced it with timidity by proponents in the face of millions of dollars of phony, contrived talking points, illogical and wholly unscientific propositions and a general scorn for the truth wrapped in false threats about job loss and tax increases, Kerry said.
Kerrys push for a sweeping climate and energy bill collapsed in 2010. His speech comes as climate legislation remains moribund on Capitol Hill and Republicans are seeking to nix the Environmental Protection Agencys authority to regulate emissions from power plants and factories.
It arrives on the eve of the big United Nations sustainable development summit in Brazil that will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit that then-President George H.W. Bush attended.
He said now the climate debate is in a strange and dangerous place that the former president would not recognize.
Kerry didnt call out President Obamas GOP rival by name, but Mitt Romney has appeared to waver in his belief in human-induced global warming (his campaign says he believes in the human role but doesnt know its extent). The presumptive GOP nominee supports stripping EPAs power to regulate greenhouse gases, and opposes cap-and-trade proposals.
The media hardly murmurs when a candidate for President of the United States in 2012 can walk away from previously held positions and blithely announce that the evidence is not yet there about the impact of greenhouse gases on climate, Kerry said.
His speech says theres a strong economic case for tackling climate change and boosting green energy and argued that whats needed is a transformative moment in our politics.
Our challenge is fundamentally political. Its not about budgets. Its not about regulations. Its about leaders in the country who are unwilling to deal with the truth about climate change, and who have cowed the silent majority into submission with their contrived and concerted attacks without facts, Kerry said.
Future generations are counting on us, he said.
We’ve endangered the country? Oh Nooooooos!!! We’re all doomed!
What do you call the ignorance and fear mongering that perpetuates this fraud?
Had no idea Algore EVEN HAD a little brother, much less one with BS on his breath.
Boy, talk about projection!!!
Is that the liberal propaganda intended to replace science and facts?
I agree with him 100% on that. But the disinformation is coming from his side, not ours.
How far into his speech did he implore people to pound on the doors of Congress? The audience must’ve missed that part, because Kerry puts even the most stubborn insomniac to sleep at the one-minute mark.
STFU.....John Kerry who served in Vietnam.
“theres a calculated campaign of disinformation on climate change”
Kerry and I agree on something!
Disgraceful is stalking rich widows.
Being "green" means saving bunnies!
Being "green" means saving bunnies!
Kerry’s a real tool, isn’t he?
He is such a schmuck.
In case you’ve been missing Kerry,
1) his hair is even better than ever
2) he still fought in Viet Nam
and, most exciting....
He will be Obama’s stand in for Romney in the fake debate practice sessions.
And has three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, and three slightly used bandaids to prove it.
They all have a raging case of Jor-El Syndrome (Superman’s father who was scoffed at and ignored when he predicted the destruction of the Planet Krypton).
They all want to be Jor-El. They want to be there smugly smirking at us and shouting “I told ya so!” on the day the Earth is destroyed.
Notice how now that summer is upon us, the warming kooks have forgotten that we are in a cooling period. They are the real danger.