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Kerry calls climate change 'weapon of mass destruction'

Kerry: Climate Change Just As Threatening As Terrorism

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday that man-made climate change could threaten their entire way of life, deriding those who doubted the existence of "perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction".

Kerry described those who do not accept that human activity causes global warming as "shoddy scientists" and "extreme ideologues", and said big companies and special interests should not be allowed to "hijack" the climate debate.

Aides said Kerry had chosen Indonesia for the first of what is to be a series of speeches on the topic this year partly because, as an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, it is particularly at risk from rising sea levels.

"Because of climate change, it's no secret that today Indonesia is ... one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth," Kerry told an audience of students at a high-tech U.S.-funded cultural center at a Jakarta mall.

"It's not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk."

In the middle of a trip to Asia and the Middle East, Kerry argued that it made no sense for some nations to act to stem climate change while others did nothing.

"Think about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't keep us safe if the United States secures its nuclear arsenal while other countries fail to prevent theirs from falling into the hands of terrorists," he said.

"The bottom line is this: it is the same thing with climate change. In a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."

Kerry's public push takes place against a backdrop of a negotiation among nearly 200 nations about a possible new global treaty on climate change that is scheduled to be agreed next year and to address greenhouse gas emissions from 2020.


In Beijing on Friday, Kerry announced that China and the United States, the world's largest emitters of such gases, had agreed to intensify information-sharing and policy discussions on their plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

U.S. officials made clear they hope that the example of two countries historically on different sides of the debate working together might inspire other nations to do more.

The global scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have said it is at least 95 percent probable that human activities, led by the burning of fossil fuels, are the dominant cause of global warming since the 1950s.

However, some skeptics argue that a rise in global temperatures is due to natural variability or other non-human factors.

The fact that temperatures have risen more slowly in the past 15 years despite a continued rise in greenhouse gas emissions has also emboldened those who question the need for urgent action.

Kerry, who faces a politically tricky decision at home on whether to allow Canada's TransCanada Corp to build the Keystone XL pipeline over the opposition of environmental groups, had little patience for such skeptics in his speech.

"We just don't have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation," he said. "I'm talking about big companies that like it the way it is, that don't want to change, and spend a lot of money to keep you and me and everybody from doing what we know we need to do.

"We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists ... and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact," he said. "The science is unequivocal and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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Ben Booher, Sr. February 18 2014 at 10:37 AM

Oh! The sky is falling!!! What a repulsive idiot to say such a thing (so calculated and ridiculous as it is). Climate is ever-changing: 'Ice ages' have come and gone; and as far as 'global warming' the earth will eventually be consumed by the sun. Seems this buffoon is following the footsteps of Gluttonous Gore. It's good that so many of you see the picture so clearly!

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epa2263 February 17 2014 at 8:17 PM

There is no doubt that we are undergoing climate change...as the earth has done many times before. However the "proof" that it is being caused by human activities is seriously flawed. Anyone promoting this questionable agenda is doing it to further their own ends...political and/or financial. It's the whole Chicken Little story playing out again.

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kbprime2 February 17 2014 at 10:41 PM

Have Your Say...Kerry is a goofball. This planet has been reinventing itself for billions of years. We're supposed to worry about it occuring again? PLEASE! It is enivitable John, do something about health care and STFU!

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roxharding February 17 2014 at 7:35 PM

Kerry is a weapon of mast detruction. Besides being an idiot, obummer has given a position that some idiots think is improtant. Hey let's give Iran the bomb

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Holli, Chaney February 17 2014 at 7:55 PM

John Kerry saw all the money AL Gore made off this..and no matter how much it cost us..he is going to get him some of that green money when he is out of office.

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arthurartw February 17 2014 at 2:35 PM

Maybe if he discharged his duties as Secretary of State rather than played as Secretary of the Interior the U.S. would be a more credible world leader.

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bveritas February 17 2014 at 2:21 PM

In thousands of predictions over hundreds of years, radical environmentalists have not been right about anything. Their obsessions have more to do with providing cover for a morally depraved attitude and repressed conscience that treats human lives as expendable commodities of convenience.

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gendroffendr February 17 2014 at 4:46 PM

What a dispicable tool. GL/CC is the lie that is totally disproven by scientific fact, yet its the trillion dollar lie socialists are doubling down and pressing forward with - now to the point of mocking all the "doubters" {read: realists}. But fear not Kerry, Gore, and all your other godless meat puppets -- for all your treachery and deceit, you will experience your own specialized brand of warming on Judgment Day.

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tdover3 gendroffendr February 17 2014 at 6:20 PM

Have you seen the information at NASA? Pretty convincing evidence for climate change, plus long list of scientific organizations that support Kerry's contention. See http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

I believe science is on his side, but would be interested in knowing if any high-level scientific organizations are saying that Climate Change is not occuring. If you know of any, please let me know. Thanks!

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BILL February 17 2014 at 1:20 PM

One volcano eruption puts more co 2 into the atmosphere than all the manmade co 2 for the last 50 years. Volcanoes have been erupting for thousands of years....is that because of climate change? If the liberals want to reduce fossil fuel emissions then why don't we have nuclear power stations all over our county? When gas gets to 7 or 8 dollars a gallon how will poor people get to work? OH, I almost forgot, they won't have to work because the top 2% of the rich folks will pay them to stay home. All is well then.

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BARRY AND KATHY BILL February 17 2014 at 2:12 PM

Your ignorance is appalling.
We have released hundreds of millions of years of trapped carbon into the atmosphere in a mere 150 years

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BARRY AND KATHY BARRY AND KATHY February 17 2014 at 2:13 PM

ADDED to the other polutants such as volcanos.

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gendroffendr BARRY AND KATHY February 17 2014 at 5:04 PM

Keep posting. Seriously. Best source of entertainment I've had in days.

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Patrick February 17 2014 at 2:47 PM

Like most Democrats, He's full of bulls_ _t.

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