Sen. John Kerry as Sec. Of State?! Be Afraid, Kerry’s Poor Understanding of Climate Science Poses Threat to U.S. National Security

Climate Depot Editorial

Democratic Senator John Kerry is set to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, replacing Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kerry has declared his intention to treat man-made global warming as a national security threat. See: Sen. John Kerry To Be Nominated As Next Secretary of State: Kerry ‘believes climate change is the ‘biggest long term threat’ to national security’ & A Secretary John Kerry Would Elevate Climate Issues: Reaction: ‘about as far as 2010′s failed Kerry-Boxer climate bill, which failed to launch’

Climate Depot Statement on Sen. Kerry: “Senator Kerry is on record expressing outlandish climate and national security claims based on his basic misreading of climate science. Having a Secretary of State who views the emission of a trace essential gas in the atmosphere – CO2 – as some sort of monster threat to national security or the equivalent a the 9/11 terror attacks or the equivalent of old Soviet nuclear warheads, is a sad day in American history. Kerry is ignoring a large body of data and research that demolishes his beliefs. (see below) The American people deserve much better.” #

See: Sen. John Kerry: Global Warming Is The Next 9/11: Kerry: ‘On August 6, 2001, Pres. George W. Bush famously received an intelligence briefing entitled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Thirty-six days later, al Qaeda terrorists did just that. Scientists tell us we have a 10-year window — if even that — before catastrophic climate change becomes inevitable and irreversible. The threat is real, and time is not on our side… ‘Make no mistake: catastrophic climate change represents a threat to human security, global stability, and — yes — even to American national security’

2010: Sen. John Kerry: ‘Equates nuclear Armageddon with fluctuations in a natural trace atmospheric gas’: Kerry: ‘The threat from Soviet nuclear warheads was a clear and present danger in our lives. Just as clear and present is the danger climate change poses to our economy and national security.’

Sen. Kerry: Climate change ‘as dangerous’ as Iran’s nukes; on the growth of climate skepticism: ‘I have to say it’s been a remarkably effective campaign, you can’t sit here and say it hasn’t worked’

‘Just When You Thought Global Warming Couldn’t Get More Stupid, In Walks John Kerry’: ‘Of all the ridiculous arguments in support of climate legislation, national security has to be the most idiotic’

Faith Based Science: Dem Sen John Kerry: ‘An exceptional country does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet. That is a responsibility from the Scriptures’

Watch Now: Climate Depot’s Morano on Fox News rips Sen. John Kerry’s global warming claims: Morano: ‘The whole movement has collapsed. Sen. Kerry is a desperate man’ — Morano: ‘Sen. Kerry once called the UN climate panel the ‘gold standard’ of science. Well Climategate exposed the IPCC as ‘fool’s gold.’ Kerry would have you believe is that somehow acts of U.S. Congress can control the weather: If we pass a climate bill, we can reduce droughts, hurricanes & tornadoes. This is now akin to medieval witchcraft where we used to blame witches for controlling the weather. Now akin to Nostradamus & the Mayan calendar’

Warmist Sen. John Kerry: ‘There’s a lot of work that has to be done to revalidate the [global warming] science’ — Climate Depot Response: You are correct, Sen. Kerry. But it was your buffoonery that helped lead to the collapse of the movement. Please, get out front and center and spew more of your inane climate comments for all the world to hear.

2012: The New Climate Reality: Sen. John Kerry’s lament: ‘You can’t talk about climate now. People just turn off. It’s extraordinary’

Flashback 2007: Sen. John Kerry and Gingrich Hugging Trees — & (Almost) Each Other — Gingrich folds like pup tent in alleged ‘debate’ on AGW — ‘Positions himself as a tree-hugging green’ — ‘Before Kerry got a word in, Gingrich conceded that global warming is real, that humans have contributed to it and that ‘we should address it very actively.’ Gingrich held up Kerry’s new book, and called it ‘a very interesting read.’ — Kerry gushed: ‘I frankly appreciate the candor.’


Climate Depot’s rebuttal to Sen. John Kerry’s climate change/national security claims — Carbon taxes, UN treaties & cap-and-trade will not prevent wars!

[For recent claims, see NYT article: CIA commissioned study by National Research Council claims: ‘Climate change is accelerating, & it will place unparalleled strains on American military & intelligence agencies’]

Climate Depot Round Up Counters global warming/war claims:

Study: Cold spells were dark times in Eastern Europe: ‘Cooler periods coincided with conflicts and disease outbreaks’ –Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’: ‘Some of Eastern Europe’s greatest wars and plagues over the last millennium coincided with cold periods’ — ‘The Black Death in the mid-14th century, the Thirty Years’ War in the early 17th century, the French invasion of Russia in the early 19th century and other social upheavals occurred during cold spells. The team suggests food shortages could explain the timing of some of these events’

New study: Global cooling led to wars, famine and plagues in 1560-1660: Cold ’caused successive agro-ecological, socioeconomic, and demographic catastrophes’

Debunked: the ‘climate change causes wars’ myth —Peer-reviewed paper ‘thoroughly eviscerates’ climate war claims — ‘The primary causes of civil war are political, not environmental’

‘A total takedown’ of myth by the Center for Strategic and International Studies — ‘Since the dawn of civilization, warmer eras have meant fewer wars. The reason is simple: all things being equal, a colder climate meant reduced crops, more famine and instability. Research by climate historians shows a clear correlation between increased warfare and cold periods. They are particularly clear in Asia and Europe, as well as in Africa’

Global Conflict Not Linked to Global Climate Change — ‘Wars in Burundi, Chad, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Peru, the Comoros, Congo, Eritrea, Niger, and Rwanda are so numerous that I could probably make a statistical argument that one in five wars are due to the AFC winning the Super Bowl’

Discovery News: Cold times led to angry runts, famine, and war; warm times led to The Renaissance

Remarkably sane article in Science: Warm periods are good, cold periods are bad

Time Mag reports: ‘Peaks of social disturbance such as rebellions, revolutions, & political reforms followed every decline of temperature’ — ‘Number of wars increased by 41% in Cold Phase’ — ‘Peaks of social disturbance such as rebellions, revolutions, and political reforms followed every decline of temperature, with a one- to 15-year time lag’

Study: Climate change ‘not to blame’ for African civil wars — ‘Climate variability in Africa does not seem to have a significant impact on risk of civil war’

UN Climate Chief: Middle East Was Peaceful When CO2 Was Below 350 PPM — UN’s Christiana Figueres: ‘Food shortages and rising prices caused by climate disruptions were among the chief contributors to the civil unrest coursing through North Africa and the Middle East’

So much for climate ‘national security’ threat: ‘All Large European Wars Occurred With CO2 Below 350 ppm’

Shock News : Most Of The World’s Wars Occurred Below 350 PPM CO2 — ‘Now that we know that war is caused by global warming, I was very surprised to discover that the vast majority of wars occurred before 1988 – including the War of 1812’

Climate Depot’s Inconvenient Rebuttal to ‘National Security’ Climate Argument – August 9, 2009 Excerpt: The heart of the “national security” argument is merely a redux of the 1970’s laughable scares about famines and resource scarcity. Those same baseless claims and fear mongering arguments are simply being shamelessly updated with a military uniform. It is sad to see members of our armed forces wearing their uniforms promoting such unsubstantiated and embarrassing drivel…“We will pay for this one way or another,” Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, a retired Marine and the former head of the Central Command. “We will pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today, and we’ll have to take an economic hit of some kind. Or we will pay the price later in military terms. And that will involve human lives.” Gen. Zinni needs to do his homework on global warming claims. Had the General done more research, he would quickly realize that the estimated 1.6 billion people in the world without electricity who are leading a nasty, brutish and short life, will be the ones who “will pay” for global warming solutions that prevent them from obtaining cheap and abundant carbon based energy. (See:1) It is a moral issue! – ‘People cannot cook’…Chad’s Global Warming Inspired Ban on Charcoal leads to ‘Desperate’ Families! – January 16, 2009 2) Black clergymen protest Robert Redford ‘link his environmentalism to racism’ 3) Poor Kenyans rebel as UK grocery store’s “carbon friendly” policies may stop food exports – 4) African Activist: ‘African life span is lower than it was in U.S. and Europe 100 years ago. But Africans told we shouldn’t develop’ because wealthy Western nations are ‘worried about global warming’: ‘Telling Africans they can’t have electricity and economic development – is immoral; 5) India: ‘It is morally wrong for us to reduce emissions when 40% of Indians do not have access to electricity’ ; 6) Obama Advisor Warren Buffett ‘repeats criticism of cap and trade, saying it would be a huge, regressive tax’)

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Climate Depot’s rebuttal to climate change/national security claims — Carbon taxes, UN treaties & cap-and-trade will not prevent wars!

U.S. Military goes full stupid: CO2 To Wreck The Military — The military is threatened by 0.0004 mole fraction CO2 — ‘The Pentagon was warned to stand guard against ‘climate surprises’ which could throw off its efforts to secure America’s future. An expert report, prepared for the intelligence community by National Academy of Sciences, warns that security establishment is going to have start planning for natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought, epidemics & the other consequences of climate change’

Flashback 2009: Climate Depot’s Inconvenient Rebuttal to ‘National Security’ Climate Argument

Laugh at U.S. Govt! CIA commissioned study by National Research Council claims: ‘Climate change is accelerating, & it will place unparalleled strains on American military & intelligence agencies’ — U.S. Govt. Report cites Sandy as evidence of runaway climate change! John D. Steinbruner: ‘We’re saying climate extremes are going to be more frequent, and this was an example of what they could mean. We’re also saying it could get a whole lot worse than that’

Warmist Tom Engelhardt for Al Jazeera on bad-weather-causing energy executives: ‘They are the business equivalents of terrorists’

Nov. 2012: Unnecessary, wasteful and totally out of place’: CIA Closes Its Climate Change Office

Nov. 2012: nother indicator that climate is falling off the threat radar: CIA shuts down Center on Climate Change and National Security


New Report: ‘Extreme Weather Report 2012’: ‘Latest peer-reviewed studies, data & analyses undermine claims that current weather is ‘unprecedented’ or a ‘new normal’

Watch Now: CNN Climate Debate! Climate Depot’s Morano Debates Bill Nye the Science Guy on Piers Morgan — Updated Transcript Includes Citations

SPECIAL REPORT: More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – Challenge UN IPCC & Gore