John Kerry, the next secretary of climate change

posted at 2:01 pm on January 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Allahpundit covered John Kerry’s Secretary of State Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday with some hardcore foreign-policy questioning from Sen. Rand Paul, but there were some other juicy moments that were pretty revealing in terms of where the Obama administration is looking to focus their policy concerns in the coming years. Kerry enthusiastically followed his new boss’s lead from his second inaugural address, in which President Obama made quite the devout overture to the importance of tackling climate change:

Calling global climate change a “life-threatening issue,” Secretary of State nominee John Kerry said Thursday that the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, said at his confirmation hearing that the U.S. should pursue policies to boost clean energy and energy efficiency. In his state and others, such as California, “the fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy,” Kerry said. “It’s a job creator.” …

Kerry told fellow senators he would be a “passionate advocate” on the issue if confirmed as secretary of state, “not based on ideology but based on facts, based on science. And I hope to sit with all of you and convince you that this $6 trillion (energy) market is worth millions of American jobs and leadership, and we better go after it.”

Convince us that we need to “go after” the energy market? Er, actually, we are the energy market, thanks largely to the recent shale oil-and-gas boom — but no doubt Kerry and Obama will spare no amount of taxpayer money in trying to forcibly remake that market into one more closely resembling their own ‘green-and-renewable’ visions.

It’s going to be difficult for President Obama to make big moves on climate change without Congressional backing, so no doubt he’ll use regulatory fiat to crack down on energies he doesn’t like and policy initiatives to lift up energies that he does — and he’ll be looking for plenty of action items to work on so he can point to everything he’s been doing to combat climate change while Congress mucks it all up and ruins his plans. The State Department is a definite avenue for such ‘accomplishments’ at home and abroad, so no doubt Kerry will be taking the “embassy greening” and “electric vehicle fleets” programs from Clinton’s tenure up a significant notch, and assigning his support to all kinds of those internationalist climate efforts of which we’re all so very fond.

Yvo de Boer, the former top U.N. climate official, said he expected Kerry to be more active on the climate-change front than Clinton. …

“So far, the international engagement on climate has been driven very strongly from the White House. But that has not been matched as strongly so far through a direct engagement of the secretary of state,” said de Boer, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “Obviously climate is an environmental issue, but it’s also very much an economic and diplomatic issue, and I feel it’s really important that there is strong engagement from the State Department and the secretary of state, given the fact that the challenge we face is as much a diplomatic one as it is an economic and environmental one.”


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Looking forward to continued insufferability…

Drained Brain on January 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

John Kerry, et,al. can shove Agenda 21 in his corrupt Pie Hole!

http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?documentid=52

workingclass artist on January 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I move that we just call it Climate Chains.

It’s the new slavery.

Climate change justifies punitive taxation which absolutely WILL put the vast majority of the country into Biden-esque chains. The very few people in the Heinz-Kerry camp or our benevolent overlords will of course be exempt from its affects.

Think communist Russia – that’s the new social order they will deliver.

CorporatePiggy on January 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

The UN, Agenda 21, the New World Order – Climate Chains will deliver that for you. And you can claim you’re saving Gaia.

It’s beautiful.

CorporatePiggy on January 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Scientists the world over agree that ketchup causes global warming.

Limerick on January 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Why the Long Face, John?

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

This administration absolutely needs a dependable and experienced liar in order to promote a climate theory that every day is accumulating more evidence against it.

Socratease on January 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Calling global climate change a “life-threatening issue,”

Flying elephants are a far more likely “life-threatening issue”.

In his state and others, such as California, “the fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy,” Kerry said. “It’s a job creator.” …

If a comparatively inefficient technology requires taxpayer subsidies and government force in order to survive, it’s a net job destroyer. It’s so simple that only an idiot or John Kerry could fail to understand it.

RadClown on January 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM

John “I was for the climate before I was against” Kerry.

Flange on January 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

The bad thing is that no matter what we say he’s going to be confirmed. The Boys Club is going to vote for their own.

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Yup, it’s a job creator.

Obama bucks roll in,
People are hired,
Manufacturing ensues,
Crap product comes off line,,
Nobody buys product,
Massive layoffs soon follow,
CEOs walk away with millions.

Way to create jobs Scooter.

fogw on January 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Will Teresa give up her private jet? How many cars and SUVs do the two of you own, again?

Wethal on January 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Yep. The Heinz 57 apologies to the world.

Limerick on January 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Agenda 21

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

John Kerry: A quitter like Sarah Palin.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

…Botox Boy is going to make me puke!…that can’t be good for climate change…

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2013 at 2:26 PM

We must stop the climate from changing?

How is that going to work?

And what would the unintended consequences be if we could?

Babble for the rabble.

profitsbeard on January 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

CorporatePiggy on January 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Hmm… maybe I need an extra layer of tinfoil for my head… your reading my mind again.

At our level of civilization, absolute control of energy (production & distribution) is absolute control of general society.

Our chains will be crafted from carbon, rather than iron… but the effect will be the same.

CPT. Charles on January 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Wow, it’s almost like elections do have consequences….

BigWyo on January 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

It is a sure bet that Botox Rex The Ketchup King will accomplish two things as Secretary Of State: Jack and………the other thing.

pilamaye on January 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

…has anybody studied what Botox does to the environment!
…can we get a Czar and Federal commission and grants to study the effects?…oh wait…the expanding government bureaucracy types missed that?

KOOLAID2 on January 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I really have to wonder…If Obama is so bright and perfect, why does he need a dolt like Kerry?

Kerry couldn’t panhandle on his own without first marrying an experienced bag lady.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Someone has been overdosing on Crapola!

Shy Guy on January 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

An old gem from 2007 that never seems more timely:

British Scientist Warns of ‘Moral Danger Behind Global Warming Hysteria’

Excerpt”

“But does it matter if global warming is a “crisis” or not? Aren’t we threatened by a serious temperature rise? Shouldn’t we act anyway, because we are stewards of the environment?

Herein lies the moral danger behind global warming hysteria. Each day, 20,000 people in the world die of waterborne diseases. Half a billion people go hungry. A child is orphaned by AIDS every seven seconds. This does not have to happen. We allow it while fretting about “saving the planet.” What is wrong with us that we downplay this human misery before our eyes and focus on events that will probably not happen even a hundred years hence? We know that the greatest cause of environmental degradation is poverty; on this, we can and must act.”

http://newsbusters.org/node/11357

can_con on January 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I’m fully supportive of an Obama strategy that ties up congress in knots and has zero chance of going anywhere.

The more Obama and Skerry use executive authority and the EPA the more likely it can be undone with a finger-snap in the future by a real President.

Keep up the good work, Obama. We want you to know that Al Gore thinks the world of you.

HopeHeFails on January 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Kerry looks more like Frankenfish than Fred Gwynn as Herman Munster.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

“I will have significant, enormous reduction in the level of troops,” said John Kerry on ABC’s “This Week… I know what we have to do in Iraq.”… “I’ve been involved in this for a long time, longer than George Bush. … I know that as president there’s huge leverage that will be available to me, enormous cards to play, and I’m not going to play them in public. I’m not going to play them before I’m president.”

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Kerry looks more like Frankenfish than Fred Gwynn as Herman Munster.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

If horseface kerry had a son it would look like this

http://www.aruzegaming.com/gdeluxe/frankenmama.html

VegasRick on January 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Calling global climate change a “life-threatening issue,” Secretary of State nominee John Kerry said Thursday that the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

40 years ago they said we only had 10 years to save the planet.

30 years ago they said we only had 10 years to save the planet.

20 years ago they said we only had 10 years to save the planet.

10 years ago they said we only had 10 years to save the planet.

Today they say we we must act now … immediately. We must tax carbon, subsidize wind and solar and kill oil and coal.

The people who say these things want your money then they want you dead.

Wake up.

darwin on January 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

If horseface kerry had a son it would look like this

http://www.aruzegaming.com/gdeluxe/frankenmama.html

VegasRick on January 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Kerry isn’t man enough to sire a son.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Kerry isn’t man enough to sire a son.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

You didn’t look at the link did you?

VegasRick on January 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Secretary Nitwit.

pat on January 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Amazing how far THE INCOMPETENT can go in government.

GarandFan on January 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Only the most arrogant and self-deluded among us could believe they have the power to change the climate. Does Kerry represent the “new” superman, able to stop the seas from rising, and storms from forming? Pitiful human being with delusions of grandeur. Didn’t they used to place people like this in institutions, like the ones who thought they were Napoleon?

djtnt on January 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

You didn’t look at the link did you?

VegasRick on January 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Actually, I did. I saw nothing that will make me stop me from insulting Kerry or any other liberal.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Ahhh, memories…

John Kerry’s daughter, Alexandra Kerry, left movie fans gasping at the Cannes Film Festival in her daring see-through dress.

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Amy Schumer is hotter.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Ahhh, memories…

John Kerry’s daughter, Alexandra Kerry, left movie fans gasping at the Cannes Film Festival in her daring see-through dress.

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

No, it Burns! I may never be able to erase that from my memory!

djtnt on January 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

No, it Burns! I may never be able to erase that from my memory!

djtnt on January 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The family resemblance is remarkable, wouldn’t you say?

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

No, it Burns! I may never be able to erase that from my memory!

djtnt on January 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

When it comes to liberal females, never forget it’s “View at you own risk”. *L*

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Hey John:

Bqhatevwr

can_con on January 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

The Ruling Class (Kerry/McCain/Bushes/Romney/Clintons/Kennedys/etc.) are ALMOST in panic mode about funding their traitorous spending ways.

The Climate tax hyperbole will be accompanied by the typical media jihad about the polar bears and blah blah blah and IF the Ruling classers can get this passed incrementally as some sort of global tax then they can skim money off to their cronies through appropriations bills and the usual “credits”.

Then the AMNESTY push is another of their shreiking “must do right now, right now, RIIIIIIIGHT NOW” efforts. Because they have opened the borders to bring in cheap labor for their big business buddies and those illegals have been sucking off the teat of the entitlement sow for so long they are bankrupting Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment, Social Security etc. NOW they must get these 20-30 million illegals paying FEDERAL TAXES so give them citizenship so they can start filling the federal treasury…..SO THE RULING CLASS CAN SPEND MORE BILLIONS and enrich…..their cronies in big companies that they love (General Electric, Goldman Sachs, etc.).

We truly have an aristocracy in the United States.

And WE LET IT HAPPEN because we were to trusting and lazy.

How do we stop them is the real question. Do we flood the phones? Do we send them emails? Do we shop and march? Would it matter? Would Obama just declare Amnesty by Executive order and immediately Texas is lost for the gop?

The Dark Years of the Obama regime continue.

PappyD61 on January 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

show up…..not shop. :-)

ipad thingy.

PappyD61 on January 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Ahhh, memories…

John Kerry’s daughter, Alexandra Kerry, left movie fans gasping at the Cannes Film Festival in her daring see-through dress.

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Lovely, guess that’s what I get for looking.

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Conveniently forgetting that the US is carbon emissions are a twenty year low thanks to natural gas…

Wood Dragon on January 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Lovely, guess that’s what I get for looking.

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

You’ll know better next time, right?

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Conveniently forgetting that the US is carbon emissions are a twenty year low thanks to natural gas…

Wood Dragon on January 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Shhhh!

Liberals get hurt feelings when truth clocks them upside the head. So stop being such an insensitive beast!

/

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Lovely, guess that’s what I get for looking.

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

We warned you…:-)

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

John Kerry: A quitter like Sarah Palin.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

If you really can’t see the difference there, you really aren’t intelligent enough to participate in an adult conversation.

Solaratov on January 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

“not based on ideology but based on facts, based on science. And I hope to sit with all of you and convince you that this $6 trillion (energy) market is worth millions of American jobs and leadership, and we better go after it.”

When he got to “convince you” I thought he was gonna follow with “that the science is sound” or something having to do with showing their work on the global warming assertion. I should have known better. He’s more interested in convincing you that there is money to made by going along with the hoax.

When engaged in conversation with these Warmist hoaxers, it’s fun to ask them to “explain the science”. The conversation goes in interesting directions.

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM

If you really can’t see the difference there, you really aren’t intelligent enough to participate in an adult conversation.

Solaratov on January 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

I was being sarcastic there, Solaratov, tweaking liberal noses for entertainment. They call Sarah a quitter (which isn’t the case), so I shot back against them in a simplistic way. Liberals can’t do much more than simplistic.

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I’m sure Newt will be selling lots of the new Secretary of State’s books for him.

Resist We Much on January 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Calling global climate change a “life-threatening issue,”

Oh, dear God. Someday, will we be past these decidedly unserious, unscientific, agenda-driven people?

Midas on January 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Apologies!

My sarc detector must be on the blink. :(

Solaratov on January 27, 2013 at 4:14 PM

It should be the concern of every man, woman, and child in this country that this worthless Senate will confirm the Obama version of Benedict Arnold to the office of Secretary of State. Our government keeps sinking to lower depths everyday.

savage24 on January 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Apologies!

My sarc detector must be on the blink. :(

Solaratov on January 27, 2013 at 4:14 PM

No problem at all, friend! :)

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

So there wasn’t much money to be made or much interest in the coming ice age we heard about in the 80′s I guess.

docflash on January 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Kerry can sail his yacht around instead of jetting hither and thither. But…all those storms….yeeeeees, ALL those storms.

Nah, he’ll probably get swift boated again.

Or hit an iceberg.

Sherman1864 on January 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

So there wasn’t much money to be made or much interest in the coming ice age we heard about in the 80′s I guess.

docflash on January 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Can’t tell that to the power companies here in Buffalo *L*

Liam on January 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Charles K has described Obama and Deval Patrick to a T in his most recent collumn

As Czech president (and economist) Václav Klaus once explained, environmentalism is the successor to failed socialism as justification for all-pervasive rule by a politburo of experts. Only now, it acts in the name of not the proletariat but the planet.

shanimal on January 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

“I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me.“

petefrt on January 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Great post pete. It captures Kerry perfectly. Not just a liar, but a stupid person. Too stupid to know that LBJ was POTUS on Christmas 1968.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

“not based on ideology but based on facts, based on science.

Sure, sure, John. Do these nitwits like Kerry think that “science” is a magic word and that other proven energy sources are not more efficient and more economical scientifically? And that there are more compelling arguments on those sources as opposed to what this snake-oil salesman in pushing?

onlineanalyst on January 27, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Winston Churchill must be rolling in his grave. We are now “sinking into a new dark abyss, made perhaps, more protracted, by the lights of a perverted science”. And we beat the Germans!

tngmv on January 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM

John F’n Kerry, 69yrs old, 28yrs in office.

rayra on January 28, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Shared sacrifice.
Social justness.
The few must pay their fair share.
Heal the planet.
Sustainable energy.

My, what a marvelous utopia we are creating for future generations.

MJBrutus on January 28, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Pointing to California as an economic model says a lot about this moron.

Wine_N_Dine on January 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM