Is there anything about the real world that John Kerry understands?

September 5, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is now appealing to a higher authority in order to stoke our fears of “climate change” and urge us to adopt draconian actions.

Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable.

Kerry says a lot of stupid things. In fact, he can make Joe Biden seem like Cicero. But he’s our secretary of state, in large measure responsible for our relations with other countries—not least the Muslim countries to which we’re beholden for the oil we import. Like all his predecessors, he has to avoid antagonizing them.

Yet by citing environmental destruction in the Muslim world as moral ballast for his climate-change agenda, he couldn’t have found a less approving audience than the Saudi royal family.

What he’s apparently failed to notice is that the battle against “climate change” centers on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those that come from fossil fuels—as in petroleum products, the kind Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors pump out of the ground to account for pretty much their entire GDP.

So Kerry is advocating policies that, if implemented, would quickly turn Saudi Arabia into Detroit and put its royal heads literally on the chopping block. That he’d advocate such policies in Davos is one thing. That he blithely dragged Muslims into the conversation would be a lot funnier if it didn’t also raise the question: Is there nothing about how the real world works that John Kerry understands?

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