John Kerry

John Kerry's Climate Change Swan Song at Marrakech

"No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology."

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Ronald Bailey

Marrakech—The standing room only crowd rose to its feet and burst into sustained applause when Secretary of State John Kerry walked into the Fes press conference tent at the Bab Ighli site of the COP22 U.N. climate change meeting. I thought that only U.N.-accredited media and members of the U.S. delegation were admitted to the venue. Odd. Kerry opened by acknowledging that at Marrakech he was "preaching to the choir" and that "all of us here are the proverbial choir." The Secretary of State evidently knew his audience better than I did.

"No one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States, who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris," asserted Kerry near the beginning of his clearly heartfelt speech.

Just before Kerry spoke, the U.S. delegation submitted under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change a long-term climate strategy for deep decarbonization of the U.S. economy by 2050. The strategy "envisions economy-wide net GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050." The Obama administration had earlier promised to reduce U.S. GHG emissions by 26 to 28 percent below their 2005 levels by 2025.

The Secretary of State noted since the Obama administration came into office in 2008 that electricity generated by wind power had tripled while solar power generation had grown 30-fold. For context, wind currently provides 4.7 percent and solar 0.6 percent of U.S. electricity. Kerry nevertheless believes that market forces are already driving the switch from fossil fuels to renewable power sources. "I can tell you with confidence that the United States is right now, today, on our way to meeting all of the international targets that we have set, and because of the market decisions that are being made, I do not believe that that can or will be reversed," Kerry claimed. "Emissions are being driven down because market-based efforts are taking hold."

"We are not on a pre-ordained path to disaster," Kerry declared. "It is a test of willpower. It requires us to hold ourselves accountable to facts and to science." Kerry noted that 2016 is likely to be the hottest year in recorded history, adding that 15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have occurred since the beginning of the 21st century. The last decade was the hottest in recorded history; the decade before that was the second hottest, and the one before that was the third hottest. "For those in power in all parts of the world, including my own, who may be confronted with decisions about which road to take at this critical juncture, I ask you, on behalf of billions of people around the world: Don't take my word for it," he pleaded, "I ask you to see for yourselves." Kerry further urged, "Above all consult with the scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding this challenge." He asserted, "At some point, even the strongest skeptic has to acknowledge that something disturbing is happening."

Like other members of the U.S. delegation here at the climate change conference, Kerry did not offer any conjectures about what the Trump administration's policy with regard to climate change might be. He did say, "While I can't stand here and speculate about what policies our president-elect will pursue, I will tell you this: In the time that I have spent in public life, one of the things I've learned is that some issues look a little bit different when you're actually in office compared to when you're on the campaign trail." Toward the end of his talk Kerry declared, "No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology or without proper input."

Kerry observed that he had been participating in the U.N. climate change negotiation process ever since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. (I was there as a reporter too.) He suggested that he would attend the next COP as plain old "Citizen Kerry." Kerry received two minutes of sustained standing applause as he departed.

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  1. ‘No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology’

    Hell of an own goal there, Mr. Heinz.

    1. My thoughts as well. But like a true religious zealot, he is utterly lacking in self awareness.

      1. Cultist tend to be that way…

    2. Elections don’t have consequences, ever.

      1. Yep. Having their ass handed to them when the Econazis got 5 times the vote spread in the Y2k election was happenstance. The Dems then assimilating the ENTIRE Econazi platform, down to extermination of “denier” scientists was coincidence. But carbon taxes and crippling regulations to shut down industry and subsidize communism… that, Mr Bond, is enemy action.

    3. Lurch is the gift that keeps on giving.

      1. Lurch is the douche that keeps on giving…FIFY

    4. That’s classic

    5. It’s beautiful. He will never say or do anything as awesome. This should be engraved on his grave.

      1. none too soon either…

  2. Kerry received two minutes of sustained standing applause as he departed.

    And somebody just happened to snap a photo of Ron.

    1. does Ron have August’s smirk?

    2. for leaving, I’d have given him a 5 minute standing o…

  3. “No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology or without proper input.”

    Like not submitting something to the US Senate, Horseface?

    1. based solely on ideology or without proper input

      Of course, he means that you can use ideology to determine what is “proper”, in terms of input. Just not using ideology alone for the decision.

      1. So, the same thing only one way is less honest? Seems about right.

    2. That was done because the obstinate congress wouldn’t allow what the intelligentsia want pass for fear of the impact it has on the people they are supposed to represent..

    3. Or entering into unauthorized negotiations with North Vietnam after being rejected by the voters.

  4. I will be so glad to be rid of him. We’re emitting less because of markets but here is our plan for government intervention. Goodbye and good riddance.

  5. “No one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States, who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris,” asserted Kerry near the beginning of his clearly heartfelt speech.

    If only they had all voted.

    1. Yea this is funny to me. So why does the GOP hold the house, Senate, state governments and presidents?

      They are full of crap for a few reasons and they know it:

      1. Dems mysteriously drop climate change from their campaigning as election time rolls around. See 2014 and 2016…if the overwhelming majority had supported it, why didn’t Hillary focus her campaign on that?

      2. Washington state said no to a carbon tax that would have reduced taxes in other areas.

      1. It wouldn’t have reduced taxes in other areas.

        1. Well yea but at least that was the “intent” and it still failed in liberal washington

          1. It was sold as being “revenue-neutral”, but it felt more like that was their tactic for getting the camel’s nose under the tent. You know they won’t stop there.

      2. Yep they are going to get the same treatment that the anti-war protesters got.

      3. Because of the racist, slave legacy of the Electoral college. Or the same system that gave us Barack Obama. A system that inexplicably worked, if ever so briefly.

  6. Hottest year in recorded history, huh. Pretty cool definition of recorded history (about 1880 or so?)

    And if market forces are driving the changes, why the need to use government force? Why should we need “willpower” when marked-based forces are doing the job?

    “…our commitments” I never signed any mother fucking document in Paris. And since the Senate hasn’t ratified it, there is no commitment.

    1. But he just knows that the overwhelming majority of citizens are determined to double their energy bills. The people have spoken by electing Barack!

      That they have spoken again by electing Trump, well, the plebes just don’t know what’s best for themselves and must be told what they should want.

    2. Hottest year in recorded history, huh. Pretty cool definition of recorded history (about 1880 or so?)

      Well, the probability that 15 of the last 16 yrs. have been the hottest of the 21st Century is pretty close to 1.

      1. 17 yrs.! Stupid fenceposts.

      2. the probability that 15 of the last 16 yrs. have been the hottest of the 21st Century is pretty close to 1.

        To be fair, that’s not what the claim was:

        15 of the 16 hottest years in recorded history have occurred since the beginning of the 21st century.

        [Emphasis added] But whatever.

        1. All I hear is you denying science.

        2. 10,000 years ago, Manhattan was covered in glaciers as high as the Empire State building. And sea levels were 400 ft lower than today.

          “Global sea level rose by a total of more than 120 metres as the vast ice sheets of the last Ice Age melted back. This melt-back lasted from about 19,000 to about 6,000 years ago, meaning that the average rate of sea-level rise was roughly 1 metre per century.
          link

          “In 2013, the [IPCC] projected that for the same high-end emissions scenario used in the current study, sea level rise by the year 2100 would be between 0.52 and 0.98 meters.”
          link

          Roughly 1 meter per century… then and now… because we’re still coming out of an ice age.

          “The Quaternary glaciation, also known as the Pleistocene glaciation or the current ice age, is a series of glacial events separated by interglacial events during the Quaternary period from 2.58 Ma (million years ago) to present.”
          link

    3. if market forces are driving the changes, why the need to use government force? Why should we need “willpower” when marked-based forces are doing the job?

      Because… uhm… because… shut up! /sarc

  7. Kerry opened by acknowledging that at Marrakech he was “preaching to the choir” and that “all of us here are the proverbial choir.”

    Obligatory

  8. People state percentages when the total values or values with respect to other things isn’t very good.

  9. And if market forces are driving the changes, why the need to use government force?

    Because government should be driving the markets so they can drive what big government wants?

  10. Democrats are so cute and precious.

    1. You’re only saying that until they finally turn full zombie and try to eat your brain. I’ve seen that movie and it does not end well.

  11. When considering how much power government should have imagine that power in the hands of the most depraved person possible because sooner or later that power will be in the hands of the most depraved person possible.

    We really dodged a bullet on the 8th, and good riddance to the Obama’s creepy cult of personality freakshow.

    1. Supreme executive power in he of the shriveled pancreas (clearly the most depraved person *I* know of!)?. Now that is frightening!

      1. *in the hands of*

        Where’s muh edit button?

        1. This made me laugh.

          All hail King Saccharin the I !

          1. He slays his enemies with his writings!

            *kneels in awe*

        2. If elected Moderator, I will give you an edit button, sir. Maybe even two!

          1. Only if you promise not to mod-edit our posts, transforming them into unspeakable filth.

            1. They have to be transformed into that?

              *glances over comments for the last 48 hrs*

              What the hell are you talking about?

    2. good riddance to the Obama’s creepy cult of personality freakshow.

      Oh, so much this. Unfortunately…

      *It ain’t going’ away with the proggies, and now there’s one for so inclined in the R camp, because turn about is fair play. Right?

      1. Yeah, I’m really not that sanguine about the new cult of personality freakshow in town. Although, on the plus side at least this time the mainstream media isn’t part of the cult, so there’s that.

    3. The Democrats are suddenly learning that lesson right now.

      1. I’d phrase it more like the Democrats are having that modeled to them right now. As to whether or not they will learn that lesson, I have little confidence they will.

        Then again, it’s about convincing individuals. Maybe some will learn.

    4. Imagine a Woodrow Wilson with the power of today’s Federal government.

  12. “I can tell you with confidence that the United States is right now, today, on our way to meeting all of the international targets that we have set, and because of the market decisions that are being made, I do not believe that that can or will be reversed,” Kerry claimed. “Emissions are being driven down because market-based efforts are taking hold.”

    Hmm

    1. Enormous subsidies
    2. Why do you need an agreement then?
    3. Not being driven down to wind/solar
    4. Funneling money to wind and solar isn’t a market based solution

    1. Why not? Isnt Obumblecare a market based solution? Shreek said it is.

      Market based system = oceans of tax payer subsidies funneled to cronies who form potemkin companies

      *notice weasel word ‘based’

      1. “Market-based” to a liberal means it’s probably cronyist to everyone else.

        1. It means they put lipstick on a pig.

          1. Which end of the pig?

    2. “Emissions are being driven down because market-based efforts are taking hold.”

      If you count wrecking the economy as market-based.

      1. Maybe they mean the advent of fracking.
        But fracking is emotionally wrongbad to the cultists who fucking love science.

  13. Do they ever make the connection why Democrats drop climate change within 3 months of an election? I think some liberal papers were lamenting about this but it didn’t appear they connected the dots.

  14. “No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology”

    …Whut?

    1. +1 commie pope

  15. So! Five houses, private plane and a yacht. It’s not easy being green.

    1. Kermit empathizes.

    2. The evangelical preacher leaves his 100k sqft marble mansion, is driven to his shining mega-church in a gold plated stretch limo and gives a thundering sermon about a camel and the eye of a needle.

      Sounds legit.

    3. And I think that yacht was bought in a non-sales-tax state…
      Oops. Even better:
      “John Kerry Saves $500,000 By Docking 76-Foot Luxury Yacht Out Of State”
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..56985.html

      Yep, that’s our John! Telling us the rich have to pay their share…

  16. He suggested that he would attend the next COP as plain old “Citizen Kerry.”

    “Comrade Kerry” would’ve let the mask slip a bit too much.

  17. if only we had turbines that ran on pure schadenfreude.

  18. “No one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States, who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris,” asserted Kerry near the beginning of his clearly heartfelt speech.”

    And then he threw democracy under the bus.

    1. Who really cares about democracy? Even if 51% of the population supports the Paris Accord it don’t mean shit until they appoint Congresscritters willing to ratify the thing.

      We are a constitutional republic. And expressly so in order to protect the liberty of the minority.

  19. Why the long face, John?

  20. I wonder what Teresa Heinz sees in John Kerry?

    1. Rocky Dennis?

  21. Know why his wife – what’s her name? Ketchup? – doesn’t allow Kerry to go down on her? Because his chin keeps getting in the way.

    But seriously folks. Did Captain Gigolo have ‘You’ve got a friend in me?’ playing in the background?

  22. RE: John Kerry’s Climate Change Swan Song at Marrakech
    ‘No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology’

    Now that John Kerry has kissed the UN”s ass, he invited to kiss mine.

  23. “No one should doubt the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the United States, who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris”

    LMAO

  24. ‘No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology’

    You might want to consult a mirror, Mr. Kerry.

  25. Back in 1979, a mean climate sensitivity range was reached by the method of “Take the two existing estimates used in the two current models, add a half-degree margin of error to the higher one, subtract a half-degree margin of error from the lower one, and call it the estimated range”.

    Which was fine for when a field was just starting out.

    But given that the same range, to the same precision, is still the “consensus” in the latest IPCC report, it seems pretty unlikely that figure, today, is actually a reflection of decades of scientific research, rather than an ideological assumption baked in at the very beginning of climate “science”.

    1. That’s because climate science is the only science that does not rely on experimental observation and predictive models to provide repeatability. Its knowledge is “settled,” so further experimentation, much less any evolution in the thinking is not only unnecessary, it’s sort of blasphemous.

      Forget Francis Bacon and other such old white dead guys. In the words of George Michael, “You gotta have faith.”

      1. Since the science is settled we no longer need to fund any further research. Instead let’s actually focus that money on researching viable replacements for oil.

    2. Kind of makes you wonder what they’ve been spending those hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars on if after 37 years they still can’t get a more accurate estimate of the predicted temperature range.

      Blackjack and hookers?

      1. Chiefly it is a language and scam of Marxists. They just don’t know they are Marxists. That’s the beauty of being a robot turd.

        Kerry is the good old fashioned Stalin or Obama Marxists that knows damn well its a scam and is willing to ruin the world to retain the power the scam has garnered him.

        1. Hey, have you seen what Gore did with all his climate cred? That sort of serious green could finally get John free from ‘ol Teresa. Get him some chakra release too.

  26. For once, I am completely in agreement with Kerry. But I’m surprised he has admitted it’s really about ideology. Maybe he decided he has nothing to lose and wandering off the radical-enviro reservation will thrust him into the limelight one last time.

  27. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

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  28. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

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  29. “The standing room only crowd rose to its feet and burst into sustained applause”

    And those in the standing room only area immediately stole their seats.

  30. Econaziism cost the Dems the illiction. Totalitarianism and pseudoscience was more important than women’s rights.

  31. Fuck you, Kerry. Good riddance.

  32. I?ve asked before, what evidence do you have that contradicts what every other climate expert agrees will be the end of civilization? You make many assertions but I see no evidence supporting those assertions

    1. 1. CO2 is only 0.04 % (4/100s) of the total atmosphere.
      2. The current level of CO2 in the atmosphere is around 400 ppm (parts per million) There have been several times in the distant past where it was in the 4,000 to 5,000 range and up. The earth survived. Why all the panic at 400 ppm?
      3. I have read figures that human generated CO2 amounts to between 5 to 7% of the total volume. The other 93-95% is generated naturally.
      4. Plants need a minimum of around 260-280 ppm to grow. Below that they won’t grow very well.
      5. The increase in CO2 levels have increased foliage around 11%. The increased levels have increased food supplies per acre, and amount under tillage has been reduced. The population projections say that there will be another 2-2.5 billion people on earth by about 2050. We are going to need to feed them. Lowering CO2 levels is not going to help that problem.
      6. There have been times in earth’s history that have been warmer/hotter than it is now. The Roman Warm & Medieval Warm period were hotter than today. There were times in the distant past where it was 8-10 degrees Centigrade/Celsius warmer than today
      7. There have been several times in history where the temperature rose first, then increases in CO2 followed after. If CO2 is the prime cause of an increase in global temperatures how can this be?

      1. 8. During the 1970’s the big scare was the next ice age. Now it is CAGW.
        9. There are upcoming Maunder minimums in sun activity which will reduce temperatures.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci…..ummet.html

        Now, some comments on the “models”. They are a joke. Earth’s climate is a dynamic and chaotic system. The models are based on static systems. Almost all of the models have predicted more than twice as much warming as has been observed. Models are not science. They are a software approximation for a system. They don’t even predict the current hiatus in temperature. My answer to the climate catastrophists is get back to me when your models get anywhere near reality.
        I also found Patrick Moore’s video interesting & educational. You can see it at
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0Z5FdwWw_c

  33. climate strategy for deep decarbonization

    Can we “deep carbonize” the outgoing administration, please? Gore? Kerry?

    1. Sure! Just put each in a 55 gallon steel drum, put the lid on, and set it over a gas burner to cook. Be sure to make a small hole in the lid of each for the volatiles to escape. Bake for a couple of hours or until smoke stops coming out, let cool, and then open. Voila! Charcoal – or nearly pure carbon!

  34. “No one has the right to make decisions that affect billions of people based solely on ideology.” OK, John.

  35. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

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  36. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

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  37. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

    >>>>>>>>>http://www.centerpay70.com

  38. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

    >>>>>>>>>http://www.centerpay70.com

  39. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

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  40. until I looked at the paycheck saying $4730 , I did not believe that…my… brother woz like actualy bringing in money part time from there computar. . there friend brother started doing this for less than 7 months and resently paid for the morgage on there home and bought a new Cadillac …….

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