Monday, February 17, 2014

John Kerry Calls Climate Change a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a speech on climate change on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Jakarta. Climate change may be the world's 'most fearsome' weapon of mass destruction and urgent global action is needed to combat it, Kerry said on Sunday, comparing those who deny its existence or question its causes to people who insist the Earth is flat. (Credit: Evan Vucci/AP) Click to enlarge.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said global warming is as big a threat as terrorism in a speech in Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of coal for power plants, seeking to burnish his credential as a climate champion before deciding on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project.

Speaking Saturday in the capital of Jakarta, the last stop on his three-nation Asia tour, Kerry called on the international community -- nations and individuals -- to do more now as addressing climate change required a global solution. ...

“We’ve seen here in Asia how extreme weather events can disrupt world trade,” Kerry said to an audience of Indonesian students and business leaders.  “In today’s globalized economy, the entire world feels it.”

John Kerry Calls Climate Change a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

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