John Kerry invokes 9/11 to support the ‘Security Threat from Climate Change’

Whenever the Republicans invoked 9/11 over the last 8 years, Democrats would scream or worse – hide in fear of appearing weak.

They should have been incensed.  Calling upon arguably the worst day in American history in order to benefit or support an unrelated issue is a travesty.

Last week in a column, Senator John Kerry amazingly invoked 9/11 when discussing climate change.  You ought to be ashamed of yourself Senator.

He titled the article:  We Can’t Ignore the Security Threat from Climate Change

His first paragraph:

“On August 6, 2001, President 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.”

This is what Democrats accused Republicans of doing since 9/11/2001.  It is wrong when Republicans do it.  It’s wrong when Democrats do it.

“The Bush campaign and its allies have turned to the tactics of fear and smear because they can’t talk about jobs, health care, energy independence and rebuilding our alliances. “  – John Kerry in a speech to students at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York in 2004.

The 2004 John Kerry makes a good point.  You don’t use fear when you are unable to make your point on its own merit. 

How many Global Warming skeptics are called kooks, deniers, shills and flat-earthers.  These are smears from the Global Warming alarmists used to deflect skeptics by putting them on the defensive. 

Then Kerry threw the entire cookbook at us with regards to fall-out from the unavoidable catastrophe of Global Warming:  “… famine and drought, worse pandemics, more natural disasters, more resource scarcity, and human displacement on a staggering scale.” 

Surprisingly, he didn’t throw Ted Turner’s Global Warming’s threat of cannibalism.  Even Turner was too far out there. 

“The individual data points may sometimes be murky. But the pattern they create is irrefutably clear: We don’t know if Hurricane Katrina was caused by climate change, but we do know that we are rapidly heading for a world where climate change causes worse Katrinas.”

I love how Senator Kerry provides no facts or evidence that future hurricanes will be stronger than Katrina. 

Why are his facts better than Dr. Neil Frank’s – meteorologist – former director of the National Hurricane Center in Florida and skeptic of man-made Global Warming.

Why are his facts better than Joe Bastardi – weather forecaster for AccuWeather. 

“I have no doubt this may be some value to human-induced global warming, but there are a lot of things that are happening now that have happened before.”  – Bastardi on Larry King Live (June 28, 2006)

Why are they better than Dr. William Gray – Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Colorado State University.  He has been forecasting the Atlantic hurricane season since 1984. 

Gray steeped down at CSU in order to focus more time on addressing his skeptical position of Global Warming.

“… climate models, while surely useful, are far from perfect … but when modelers move out onto the climate area the complexity becomes too damn much.” 

I guess John Kerry knows more about hurricanes than 3 of the most preeminent authorities on hurricanes. 

Let’s address Senator Kerry’s only points from his article:


“Atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels have risen 38% in the industrial era, from 280 to 385 parts per million (ppm). Scientists have warned that anything above 450 ppm — a warming of 2 degrees Celsius — will result in an unacceptable risk of catastrophic climate change.”

Carbon dioxide is a very small greenhouse gas that makes up much less than 1% of the atmosphere. In addition the human contribution to carbon dioxide is less than 2% of its natural level.


Greenhouse Effect 1

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Arctic ice loss:

“The truth is that the threat we face is not an abstract concern for the future. It is already upon us and its effects are being felt worldwide, right now. Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013. Not in 2050, but four years from now.”

The Arctic has had recent ice loss but it’s related to the phases of the AMO & PDO. Meanwhile ice levels in Antarctica are near 30 year highs.

For the bulk of Kerry’s article he uses fear to frame his argument. 

“… The bottom line is that failure to tackle climate change risks much more than a ravaged environment:  It risks a much more dangerous world, and a gravely threatened America.”

Clearly, Senator Kerry uses fear in order to justify a position that lacks in facts. 

To be honest, it would be great to see a real debate of facts on the effect of climate change and how humans have exacerbated those effects.  Sadly, Senator Kerry would never allow the debate to take place. 

Read the full column from John Kerry here:


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