The longfaced new Secretary of State, John Kerry, delivered his first major address today. It was not on the recent North Korean nuclear tests or the ongoing strife in the Middle East or the rise of China. It was on global warming aka climate change.
Secretary of State John Kerry gave his first major foreign policy speech today. In his address, delivered at the University of Virginia, he discussed tackling climate change.
“We as a nation must have the foresight and courage to make the investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust we keep for our children and grandchildren: an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate,” said Kerry, according to prepared remarks.
“And let’s face it – we are all in this one together. No nation can stand alone. We share nothing so completely as our planet. When we work with others – large and small – to develop and deploy the clean technologies that will power a new world, we’re also helping create new markets and new opportunities for America’s second-to-none innovators and entrepreneurs to succeed in the next great revolution.”
Kerry called for collective action to deal with this problem.
And so forth. I’m sure you can imagine his dull tones and his deadman delivery as well as I can. John Kerry is a spectacularly unimpressive man and a dreadful public speaker, easily one of the worst in politics today. The Democratic Party has abdicated American foreign policy, as a party. They’re just not interested in it. It’s hard to blame them, really, since a majority of the American people can’t be bothered with foreign policy either.
As for Kerry’s scientific acumen, a plurality of scientists have pretty much abandoned the idea that humans are making things hotter. Not that we should conduct science by poll, which is itself as much art as science. But politicians like Kerry and his boss apparently never will let go of the idea that they can literally save the world. At least, from the internal combustion engine, if not the mullahs and assorted other madmen roaming the planet.