You could only laugh when John Kerry doubled-down on “climate change” in a speech in Indonesia over the weekend, calling global warming as great a threat to humanity as terrorism and WMDs. Laugh bleakly, that is.
Why had our secretary of State, whom even Wikipedia describes as having been a mediocre student and who has no discernible background in science and technology (other than being able to windsurf), settled on “climate change” as his cause célèbre of the moment?
Well, things are probably not going so well on the Iran nuclear deal or on the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, if current reports are anywhere near correct. (Ditto on the economy and healthcare fronts — not his purview, but still…). So what’s a fellow to do?
The great thing about “climate change” armageddon talk is that no one can prove you wrong, unless you’re like Al Gore and start to make short run predictions. But no one’s likely to make that mistake again.
No, “climate change” makes, or should make, a perfect distraction. And right now liberalism needs a distraction, preferably one that gets people and nations to cough up money.
Unfortunately (or really fortunately), the money-collecting part won’t be so easy. Even a few liberal audiences, religious fanatics though they may be, are beginning to smell a rat, not that you will hear too many say it out loud. That would be an admission that could start some serious and dangerous unraveling.
Still, even some high-level folks at the British Met Office, considered by many to be command and control for the warmists, are evincing a little skepticism, but don’t tell Kerry. He’s busy saving the world, with no time to read web sites like Watts Up With That.
And in Kerry’s case he has even more reason to emphasize climate armageddon over nuclear armageddon. He and his boss are about to allow Iran to have a real weapon of mass destruction. Better to downplay it. After all, it’s only an atomic bomb, Dr. Strangelove. How many people can that kill compared to a horrific weather event? Just because Katrina only resulted in an estimated 1500 deaths and 135,000 died in Hiroshima doesn’t mean it’s always going to be like that. And just because current thermonuclear weapons are exponentially more powerful than the Hiroshima original — the first atomic bombs were the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT, today’s hydrogen bombs 10,000,000 tons of TNT — doesn’t mean the mullahs are going to be anywhere close to that for at least five years.
So relax. The real problem confronting humanity is “climate change.” That’s what we all have to focus on. And, if early word on the motion picture Noah is correct, it’s also overpopulation and environmental degradation by you profligate humans. So do as Dr. Strangelove (and Slim Pickens, for that matter) and stop worrying about the Iranian bomb. It’s “climate change,” stupid. Open your wallets, listen to Lord Kerry, and bombs away.