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Bridget Johnson

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June 17, 2014 - 7:17 am

As Iraq is overrun by terrorists and President Obama said “intensive diplomacy” is needed to solve the crisis, Secretary of State John Kerry is spending the beginning of the week hosting celebs and royalty at Foggy Bottom to discuss clean oceans and climate change.

Kerry welcomed Monaco’s Prince Albert at a luncheon yesterday, lauding him for “doing whatever he can do to protect the ocean.”

“In 2009, when scientists first began to discover that carbon pollution was dramatically disturbing the chemistry of the ocean and causing it to acidify, Prince Albert brought together a group of 150 scientists from more than two dozen countries to alert policy makers around the world about the troubling findings. Thanks in part to his commitment and sense of urgency, last year the International Atomic Energy Agency established a new international coordination center in Monaco in order to better understand the global impacts of ocean acidification,” he said.

Kerry announced that the State Department will be making a $320,000 contribution to Monaco’s effort this year, and the Department of Energy will match that contribution with another $320,000 of its own “in order to help kick the acidification study into even higher gear.”

At a reception Monday evening with Prince Albert, Kerry gave a shout out to attendees Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

Kerry said he and Danson met 25 years ago, and “also got to know each other because Cheers was not too many blocks away from where I hung out in Boston.”

“And on one occasion, I was walking by at night heading home. And the producers, they were shooting this scene outside, and I think Norm and someone were out there. I can’t remember who else — Cliff. I think Norm and Cliff were in the thing or something. But anyway, they stopped me on the way and they said, Senator, we got to put you in this thing. So we literally ad-libbed this thing on the spur of the moment,” he said. “And they were hanging out outside and they had me walk up and they said, hey, can we get your autograph? And I started to sign the autograph very proud and peacocked because I was being asked for an autograph. And then they start talking to each other and say, God, we really liked that weather report you did the other day on the news. It was so terrific.”

“And then I said, who do you think I am? And they said, you’re so-and-so, the local weatherman. And I said, no, I’m Senator Kerry. And they both shrug and walk away. So it was a great lesson in humility, and the residuals have gone to a charity for years. But thank you, Ted, for helping me to support the charity. I’m very appreciative.”

Today, Kerry’s schedule was packed with opening remarks on the second day of the Our Ocean Conference and a conference luncheon with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, White House Senior Counselor John Podesta, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Whitehouse makes a weekly speech on the Senate floor about climate change.

Kerry was also hosting a Twitter Q&A on climate change today with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Rate of ocean acidification due to carbon emissions is at highest for 300m years.
Ocean acidification is a major and important issue - any of you believe humans will survive if we kill the ocean?
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/03/ocean-acidification-carbon-dioxide-emissions-levels
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Show me the Calibrated Litmus Paper Strips from 300 million years ago that support your assetion.

I'll need representitive samples from (all) Oceans Surfaces, and also 10, 50, and 100 meters depths, at 100 year intervals, for the time period you mention.

Thats actual science.

What you have are emotions, and no f*cking data to support them.

Just like "climate change".
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Ah, the Emperor Nero of the State Department. As the folks out west would say, all hat and no cattle.
19 weeks ago
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Gawd, Kerry is embarrassing.
19 weeks ago
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Look, the poor guy has no clue what to do - so he just goes off and parties, like any undergrad would do when confronted with an assignment that is way over his head.
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Like all of O's appointments this guy is a total joke. Pontificating self absorbed and elitist is just scratching the surface.
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One wonders about the mental abilities of the people of Massachusetts (including Harvar, MIT, Boston University, etc., etc.). They have elected two bona-fide idiots and one lier to the US Senate. Now one of those idiots is Secretary of State. When reporters say that Obama is the smartest man in the room, that's because the bar is not very high. Oh, and by the way, we need change Kerry's first name to ba'al; that way he would be Ba'al Kerry (for those who get this tribal joke).
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"Whitehouse makes a weekly speech on the Senate floor about climate change."

So this nitwit heckters his colleagues every week with this global warming nonsense? Outrageous waste of time and money.
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He should have went golfing - its what his boss did. Any portrait of Lurch should have a 'What - me worry?' caption under it. So should Obama's too. So appropriate.

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"In America you have a right to be stupid — if you want to be."

Yes John, we know. You must have had yourself in mind when you made that statement in a speech to German students.
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So this regime is clearly in favor of the establishment of a new caliphate.
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It's what they've been working toward for many years now. During Bush's administration they could only do their best to agitate for it but now that they are in the driver's seat they can go whole hog.
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