NYT: John Kerry getting pretty excited about orchestrating what he’s sure, this time, will be a successful global climate treaty

posted at 8:41 pm on January 6, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I’m not sure how many examples of the futility of the grandiose worldwide-climate-treaty scheme we need before globalist-minded, big-government bureaucrats will finally wise up to the reality that political interests pitted against economic ones is always unsustainable in the long run, but evidently… at least one more. Via the NYT:

But while the public’s attention has been on his diplomacy in the Middle East, behind the scenes at the State Department Mr. Kerry has initiated a systematic, top-down push to create an agencywide focus on global warming.

His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the United States and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution.

Whether the secretary of state can have that kind of influence remains an open question, and Mr. Kerry, despite two decades of attention to climate policy, has few concrete accomplishments on the issue. The climate bills he sponsored as a senator failed. At the United Nations climate summit meeting in Copenhagen in 2009, Mr. Kerry, then a senator from Massachusetts, labored behind the scenes to help President Obama broker a treaty that yielded pledges from countries to cut their emissions but failed to produce legally binding commitments. …

Shortly after Mr. Kerry was sworn in last February, he issued a directive that all meetings between senior American diplomats and top foreign officials include a discussion of climate change. He put top climate policy specialists on his State Department personal staff. And he is pursuing smaller climate deals in forums like the Group of 20, the countries that make up the world’s largest economies. …

Not only must he handle difficult negotiations with China — the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases — for the 2015 treaty, but the pact must be ratified by a Senate that has a long record of rejecting climate change legislation. “In all candor, I don’t care where he is, nothing is going to happen in the Senate for a long time,” Mr. McCain said.

No kidding. It’s never been a secret that John Kerry holds the ambition of donning the green mantle of environmentalist knighthood so close to his heart, but it’s still a mystery to me why so many Democrats and their ultra-progressive ilk the world over insist upon wasting everybody’s time and resources pushing for a top-down, one-size-fits-all regulatory agenda that treats environmental quality and economic prosperity as if they are mutually exclusive. The United Nation, et al’s ideas for these magnanimous treaties (the latest fizzled iteration of which just went down last November, although they’re hoping to revive things in time for the big Paris meeting in 2015) only seem to result in a recipe for mutual impoverishment, rather than gunning for the free-market, free-trade growth that is the real driver of efficiencies, innovations, and alternative technologies that can help the world reach cleaner goals.

Incidentally, you can bet that Kerry’s climate-treaty eagerness is a behind-the-scenes factor under consideration in the (dis)approval/delay of the Keystone XL pipeline; as the NYT notes, “approval of the pipeline could blacken Mr. Kerry’s green credentials and hurt his ability to get a broader climate deal” — and does he ever want that climate deal.


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And we’ll have peace between the Palestinians and Israelis too if we just keep working on the Process. Any day now.

Good grief, if all the money we spent on this crap were put into cancer research we’d maybe have a cure.

juliesa on January 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

One thing that can be said about Kerry, he sure does not have a grasp on reality.

sadatoni on January 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

A replay of my comment from the earlier thread:

Drudge reports: South Pole warmer than O’Hare…
“Well” the scare mongering eco-nerds will certainly say “there you go, the South Pole is set to become the only inhabitable place on the planet, when the rest of the world freezes over.” Yeah, in the meantime, there’s that little bit about the record levels of Antarctic ice that just doesn’t jive at all with the “scary scenarios” of runaway melting that the “experts” have been coached to make up.
“We have to offer up scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective and being honest.” -Stephen Schneider, lead ipcc author, 1989
“Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” -Sir John Houghton, ex ipcc chair
“The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” -Daniel Botkin, ex Chair of Environmental Studies, UCSB
“Global warming will kill most of us, and turn the rest of us into cannibals.” -Ted Turner
“Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs.” -John Davis, Earth First!

anotherJoe on January 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Polar vortex! I just finished digging out from another 10″ snowstorm, it’s minus 15 and Toledo is shut down for tomorrow due to the cold. John F. Kerry can go Censored!.

rbj on January 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

So much for that separation of church and state, eh libs?

crrr6 on January 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

“In all candor, I don’t care where he is, nothing is going to happen in the Senate for a long time,” Mr. McCain said.

Look at him, Mr. Hard to Get. Just wave an illegal under his nose and he’ll crawl on over.
Better do something, I guess. That ice is melting so fast! //

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on January 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

NYT: John Kerry getting pretty excited about orchestrating what he’s sure, this time, will be a successful global climate treaty

…he’s good with middle-east peace treaties too!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Remember, he met his wife, Theresa Heinz Kerry, at some global warming deal in South America. He’s got all that Heinz money (do you buy any Heinz products? I’m down to one of them) and ambition beyond most humans’ capacity. He SO wants to be the big cheese.

It would be nice if, somehow, the left woke up but that’s a miracle we most likely won’t see.

MN J on January 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

There’s so much global warming where I live school has been canceled.

Darksean on January 6, 2014 at 8:53 PM

*********************** NUTS ***********************************!!

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Has this guy been associated with anything but hoaxes?

The F is for “Fragger” btw.

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

He’s going to get Iran involved in a big way.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

How delusional does a person have to be to think he and his species are more powerful than the Earth and even the Sun? It would be like an ant thinking it could slow down a running Elephant by climbing up on it’s back.

The believing “Global Warmist” is a most odd curiosity … he thinks he is the Earth’s savior … he even believes the Earth can’t do without him; has a passion for his guidance; heats and cools in accordance with his laws and ideology, yes, he thinks he will watch over the Earth and keep the Earth out of trouble. He pontificates and legislates and he thinks the Earth cares what he thinks or does or even listens. Isn’t it a quaint idea

VorDaj on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Must be money in it for him.

BeachBum on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

As show of commitment, Kerry should consult with Al gore about energy consumption and methods to reduce it.

Utility records show the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.

The Gores used about 191,000 kilowatt hours in 2006, according to bills reviewed by The Associated Press spanning the period from Feb. 3, 2006, to Jan. 5. That is far more than the typical Nashville household, which uses about 15,600 kilowatt-hours per year.

His Nashville home is more than four times larger than the average new American home built last year — about 2,400 square feet, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month, according to the Tennessee Center For Policy Research’s release.

That is more than an average American family uses in an entire year.

Errrh…..maybe not.

BobMbx on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

When did Kerry turn into a muppet?

kim roy on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

MeanWhile,…The Ploar Vortex is UnLeashed:

Winter storm, ‘polar vortex’ hits US Midwest, East, January 2014

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/winter-storm-expected-in-midwest-jan-4-6-2013/
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Polar vortex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_vortex

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Crap,…thats Polar,..and nots Ploar!

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Will Teresa set an example by giving up her private jet first?

Wethal on January 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

How delusional does a person have to be to think he and his species are more powerful than the Earth and even the Sun?

VorDaj on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

If it were cost effective for us to blast our trash into space, they would claim that we’re polluting the universe.

crrr6 on January 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

He better come home and fix that super-volcano problem soon, too.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/executive-order-excessively-high-temperatures-already-harming-public

“Excessively high temperatures” are “already” harming public health nationwide, Pres. Obama declared on Nov. 1, 2013, two months before today’s assault by record low temperatures.

In his executive order on climate change, Obama warned that too much rain – and not enough rain – also dictated that executive action against climate fluctuations:

“The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures.”

What’s more, climate control “requires” action “by the Federal Government” (as opposed to the federal government), Obama declared:

“Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience; help safeguard our economy, infrastructure, environment, and natural resources; and provide for the continuity of executive department and agency (agency) operations, services, and programs.”

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Democrats and their ultra-progressive ilk the world over insist upon wasting everybody’s time and resources pushing for a top-down, one-size-fits-all regulatory agenda that treats environmental quality and economic prosperity as if they are mutually exclusive.
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Which reminds me,..of the Great InFamous Hopey Snub:

China snubs Obama in Copenhagen
posted at 8:48 am on December 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
******************************************************

“There is no time to waste,” Obama said. “Now I believe it is time for the nations of the world to come together behind a common purpose. There has to be movement on all sides. It is better for us to act rather than talk. ”

But action was hard to find.

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/12/18/china-snubs-obama-in-copenhagen/

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

“Excessively high temperatures” are “already” harming public health nationwide, Pres. Obama declared on Nov. 1, 2013, two months before today’s assault by record low temperatures.

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Murph9:Great example:)

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

D*mmitts, I’m on a roll,..thats Murphy9,..forgots the (y).

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Alternative headline: Scamming Scammers Double Down on Scamming Scam to Scam all Scams by 2015.

I despise this administration.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The very definition of insanity, writ large across the world stage.

Well done!

Kraken on January 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Sure, Kerry’s a dolt, but boy can he cheat on his taxes….

viking01 on January 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

(I)t’s still a mystery to me why so many Democrats and their ultra-progressive ilk the world over insist upon wasting everybody’s time and resources pushing for a top-down, one-size-fits-all regulatory agenda that treats environmental quality and economic prosperity as if they are mutually exclusive.

Because they hate our technological civilization, and seek to destroy it so they can replace it with an agrarian socialist feudal state operating at about Old Stone Age levels. I thought everyone had figured that one out by now, just from their rhetoric;

We have wished, we eco-freaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us back into the Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion- happy at last!

-Stewart Brand, The Whole Earth Catalog

If they can’t get (or force) “social change”, they’re perfectly willing to Blow Everything The F**k Up to achieve their goals;

We must reclaim the roads and the plowed fields, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers, and return to wilderness millions of hectares of presently settled land.

- David Foreman, A Field Guide To Monkey-Wrenching.

This explains the destruction of dams to “make rivers wild again”.

As for the people living on those “shackled” hectares (1 hectare= 2.47 acres)… f**k ‘em. They’re parasites on Holy Mother Gaia, and thus need to die.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six was only fiction because the deep-ecos haven’t yet figured out how to make their nihilistic dreams come true… and survive doing it. Yet.

The United Nation, et al’s ideas for these magnanimous treaties (the latest fizzled iteration of which just went down last November, although they’re hoping to revive things in time for the big Paris meeting in 2015) only seem to result in a recipe for mutual impoverishment, rather than gunning for the free-market, free-trade growth that is the real driver of efficiencies, innovations, and alternative technologies that can help the world reach cleaner goals.

Because the latter is the absolute last thing they want. The impoverishment is the goal, as the key to the destruction of…the rest of us.

They’ve gone past using “environmentalism” as an excuse for Marxism, now.

They’re shooting for out-and-out Fascism. Because it’s the most efficient tool for ridding their primitivist Utopia of “undesirables”.

Defined as “99% of the human race, other than ourselves, our guards, and the peasants who will work in our rice paddies spreading night soil by hand.”

JFKook, of course, sees himself in the palanquin being carried by eight brawny boys. While Theresa picks a peasant to be tortured to death at dinner for their entertainment.

After all, being a feudal lord is hard work. They’re going to need some release at the end of a hard day’s oppressing, and being impressed with their own perfection.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

HOLD THE PHONE ! . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.
It would appear that the environmental panic is going to transition from “global warming” to something called “global dimming”.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Kerry can’t get through the night without having to relieve himself… and he’s gonna control the Earth’s climate.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 6, 2014 at 9:55 PM

What did LurchBozo do to his jaw? He looks even stupider than before.

Jaibones on January 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

One of the best things about HotGas is the images the authors select for their story teasers. Can’t count how many laughs I’ve had just in the association of the pic chosen with the folly suggested by the headline.

The image accompanying the headline for this story is an image that caused an instant reaction here. And as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words… caption this:

http://s11.postimg.org/jmg3c9d83/kerry_idiot.jpg

notta_dhimmi on January 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Actually, bad luck with that.

paul1149 on January 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Global Warming died as political issue with the general public 5 or 6 years ago. Why are these nitwit politicians lagging so far behind with an issue that 65% of the people don’t believe in and another 25% don’t care about? Why waste political capital on this loosing issue? Never mind the fact that it is -5 degrees outside in Dixie.

Wallythedog on January 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Yeah and he’s gonna bring peace to the Middle East.
What a statesman dingus.

Kenosha Kid on January 7, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Seeing him standing there with that Dudley Dooright jaw and his thumb in the air makes me think of this caption: “Ok, I didn’t get the climate treaty but I did get this thumb in places you would have said were impossible with Obama’s hot Danish selfie-babe!! See? I’ve still got the old mojo!!! Oh! Hi Theresa. Did I just . . .? Look I’m really sorry. Grounded? But honey, I’m not done saving the world yet!!!”

smellthecoffee on January 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM

How many carbon credits does he own anyway? News for warmists, warming of the planet does not create ice. Water freezes at 32 degrees and below. We don’t need a hockey stick until it does.

Kissmygrits on January 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Shortly after Mr. Kerry was sworn in last February, he issued a directive that all meetings between senior American diplomats and top foreign officials include a discussion of climate change.

Can you imagine how boring our diplomats are going to sound to foreign leaders.

GarandFan on January 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Quote: “Kerry’s climate-treaty eagerness is a behind-the-scenes factor under consideration in the (dis)approval/delay of the Keystone XL pipeline;”

Does Kerry accept part of the blame for accidents and derailments involving trainloads of crude oil tank cars? Because rail transport is the alternative to pipelines.

Too bad Mr Kerry does not have to sit at railroad crossings at least twice a day, waiting for a 100-car train of tank cars carrying oil from Canada or North Dakota.

J Baustian on January 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

When did Kerry turn into a muppet?

kim roy on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Botox. Big time. His face looks like a shoe box with holes cut into it for eyes and a mouth.

iurockhead on January 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

CO2 has no impact on climate. These devil’s errand boys can go straight to gehenna.

Murphy9 on January 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

… but it’s still a mystery to me why so many Democrats and their ultra-progressive ilk the world over insist upon wasting everybody’s time and resources pushing for a top-down, one-size-fits-all regulatory agenda that treats environmental quality and economic prosperity as if they are mutually exclusive.

No mystery. Better opportunities for graft.

Secretary Lurch, on the other hand, doesn’t need the money thanks to Terayza, so he’s after a legacy instead, hoping it will smother for all time that disgraceful Vietnam/Cambodian/Christmas whatsis (but not the hat … he likes the hat).

RebeccaH on January 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I know where there is a ship Lurch can have his meeting.

Wade on January 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

it’s still a mystery to me why so many Democrats and their ultra-progressive ilk the world over insist upon wasting everybody’s time and resources pushing for a top-down, one-size-fits-all regulatory agenda that treats environmental quality and economic prosperity as if they are mutually exclusive.

Because they are wrong (in our opinion) but they don’t think so.

Likely, they truly believe that they will still enjoy all the perks they currently have after they get their way. It would be sort of counter-intuitive to think they would expect to give up cars, jets, air travel, vacations overseas, Lattes, etc. In that case, (if we are right and they assume we are not), when it all comes crashing down, they will plaintively cry out, “What happened? It was not supposed to be this way!”

Russ808 on January 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the United States and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution.

Never let them get away with this. Petroleum products are NOT fossil-based. It’s the biggest of the big lies. Raw oil is a by-product of natural subsurface processes. As long as those processes continue, oil will be produced.

That doesn’t change that burning it produces pollution, but the concept that it is running out is nonsense.

But how much pollution does it cause? All of the cars and trucks in California could run their enginges non-stop for 15 years, and not produce the pollution created in a few hours by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Phillipines.

Offering ourselves up on a platter to be turned into a third-world nation isn’t going to fix any of the world’s problems. It will make us less able to do what we currently do to mitigate those problems.

Mr. Kerry, fatheaded, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

Freelancer on January 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

How delusional does a person have to be to think he and his species are more powerful than the Earth and even the Sun? It would be like an ant thinking it could slow down a running Elephant by climbing up on it’s back.

VorDaj on January 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Check out YouTube video of Charlton Heston reading Michael Crichton on this very subject.

E-R

electric-rascal on January 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM