Climatologist Slams Sec. of State John Kerry after Kerry explains the science of global warming: ‘Kids at the earliest age can understand this…It’s a huge irony that the very same layer of gases that has made life possible on Earth from the beginning now makes possible the greatest threat that the planet has ever seen’


By: - Climate DepotMarch 4, 2014 9:44 AM with 10 comments

Via: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/02/221704.htm

Remarks on Climate Change

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Jakarta, Indonesia
February 16, 2014

Kerry: This is simple. Kids at the earliest age can understand this.

Try and picture a very thin layer of gases – a quarter-inch, half an inch, somewhere in that vicinity – that’s how thick it is. It’s in our atmosphere. It’s way up there at the edge of the atmosphere. And for millions of years – literally millions of years – we know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of the Earth to the ideal, life-sustaining temperature. Average temperature of the Earth has been about 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which keeps life going. Life itself on Earth exists because of the so-called greenhouse effect. But in modern times, as human beings have emitted gases into the air that come from all the things we do, that blanket has grown thicker and it traps more and more heat beneath it, raising the temperature of the planet. It’s called the greenhouse effect because it works exactly like a greenhouse in which you grow a lot of the fruit that you eat here.

This is what’s causing climate change. It’s a huge irony that the very same layer of gases that has made life possible on Earth from the beginning now makes possible the greatest threat that the planet has ever seen.


  • socalphysicist

    Typical low-info prog dumbing down of the population.
    The Earth is NOT a closed system. A greenhouse is.

  • Bjorn Thompson

    Gasses that he is emitting whiles saying those words.

  • He is right : It is stunning how little the discussion has changed since 1992 .

    ( and how little the temperature has changed )

    Without “science” we wouldn’t know that water freezes and boils ! . Talk about mistaking a horses ass for its mouth .

    Then just utter criminal inexcusable stupid ignorance !

    How can a major fraction of Indonesian pols & press not ridicule the hell out of gross nonscience ?

    What an astounding pile !

    • Jmayer

      They will not ridicule “Swift Boat Kerry” because they are an island nation, and they will be waiting for their environmental reparations from the US tax payer.

  • glenncz

    It’s gotten thicker and thicker. Yes, it used to be 350 ppm in 1950 when supposedly AGW started it is now 400ppm. So it grew by 50ppm or 1 in 20,000 parts of the atmosphere has changed from something to CO2. Wow, that’s so SCARY, no wonder even little kids know about this!

  • SiberCindy

    It’s fun to watch “warmers” make stuff up to support their unsupportable argument.

  • John Swallow

    I suffered through this mindless diatribe and now
    wonder just what chance the US has to ever survive with some one like John
    Kerry doing the bidding of his boss, Obama, and the mind set that Kerry seemed
    to lay out regarding an odorless, colorless benign trace gas that is .04% of
    the atmosphere and essential for all life on earth, CO2. To hear this idiot call it “carbon
    pollution” is indicative of the total stupidity that this people operate
    with and to imagine that these two speak for the United States of America is
    frightening. With people like these we have no chance of ever surviving unless
    the few that know the truth make it known to all that seem to be too stupid to
    even want to look for the truth. Another
    truth is that Indonesia has cut so much of the old growth forest on Borneo to
    plant palm oil plantation that the old growth forest have been destroyed and
    with that all of the plants and animals that use to depend on them to survive.

  • TruthTeller

    Translation: If we are allowed to brainwash children, we can get them to believe this stuff. It’s those pesky adults that keep getting in the way.

  • John Swallow

    “There is something fascinating about science. One gets such
    wholesale returns of conjecture out of such trifling investment of facts.”
    Mark Twain

    Prevarication
    pre·var·i·ca·tion
    [pri-var-i-key-shuhn]
    Show IPA
    noun

    1. the act of
    prevaricating,
    or lying: Seeing the expression on
    his mother’s face, Nathan realized this was no time for prevarication.

    2. a false or
    deliberate misstatement;
    lie: Her many prevarications had apparently paid off;
    she was free to go.

  • Jim Bob 1028

    When I saw this quote, I thought it was a spoof. I had to check the state.gov website for the transcript: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/02/221704.htm.

    Kerry’s arrogant ignorance is simply astonishing!

    I lean Libertarian, and have regretted voting for a Republican president for the first time in decades back in 2004. Now I remember why I did and don’t feel so bad now.