The Washington Examiner reported that Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna to amend the 1987 “Montreal Protocol,” said that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life on Earth as the threat of terrorism posed by groups such as the Islamic State. (The Protocol was intended to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers). “As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said, “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we-you-are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
Yet Kerry went on to state that most of the substances banned by the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He believes that the increase in HFCs has led to global climate change. “The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”
Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, is also in Vienna acting as her nation’s lead negotiator. She has stated that her goal is to enact the HFC agreement by the end of this year. If the global deal is completed, it would ban HFCs in the United States. The negotiations are part and parcel of President Obama’s aggressive attempt to combat global “climate change.”
Loyal readers of this blog know that I don’t use coarse language often- if ever. They also know that I vet my stories and double check punctuation, etc., etc., and that I have never called for violence. I take a certain pride- warranted or not- in my use of the language. Concepts and words mean something. That said, Kerry’s unprovoked remarks on this subject leave me speechless. He is a special kind of insane. He is not only unfit to be Secretary of State, he is certifiable.
Air conditioning has saved literally countless lives over the years since Willis Carrier invented it. Without refrigeration, many, many foods couldn’t be safely consumed. Inhalers have saved many lives as well, and made millions more bearable. Any attempt to compare these enormously important human inventions that save millions of lives- and make millions of others better- to brutal acts of Islamic terror that indiscriminately kill throngs of innocents is so far beyond the pale that it beggars description. It is Biblical, Herculean assininity.
Kerry didn’t aver that automobile accidents kill more people world-wide every year than terrorism, or that fire or nuclear weapons can be dangerous, but singled out some of the greatest life-saving inventions and innovations in the history of this planet.
John Kerry is rich. His wife is the heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune. I wonder if the massive Heinz factories are “green?” I bet they are air conditioned for the employees comfort. I guess ketchup is as dangerous as ISIS!
What does the label state on every ketchup bottle, John? “Refrigerate After Opening,” correct? Why is that? Kerry’s mouth should have a government mandated label on it stating: “Please regurgitate after opening.”
Kerry’s statement was 57 varieties of dumb. Clearly there exists something more dangerous than air conditioning, refrigeration, inhalers, and even terrorism- combined. It is the mindset of John Kerry himself. And of those in his party that agree with him.