Secretary of State John Kerry took time out of a speech to an environmental group to tell them that their work in trying to ban hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from household appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators, “is of equal importance” to anything being done to combat ISIS.
“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.”
Via the Washington Examiner:
Air conditioners and refrigerators pose as big a threat to “life on the planet” as the threat of terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
Kerry was in Vienna negotiating a global climate deal to phase out chemicals used as refrigerants in basic household and commercial appliances such as air conditioning and refrigerators, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. The chemicals are a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions that many scientists blame for contributing to global warming.
Kerry made the remarks as part of a pep talk for negotiators working through the weekend to amend a 1987 treaty called the Montreal Protocol to deal with the chemicals.
“Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism,” he 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.”
Not surprisingly some people disagreed with the sentiment, including meteorologist Joe Bastardi (HT Twitchy) …
Kerry is nothing more than an anti-war hippy who can’t stomach reality.
The man, after all, once countered ISIS attacks in France by having James Taylor sing You’ve Got a Friend to the grieving nation.