I see Scott has already commented on this story, but here’s my 2 cents’ worth, too:
Let’s see if I’ve got this straight: Secretary of State John Kerry, owner of five multi-million dollar mansions along with a luxury yacht, has seen fit to lecture Indonesians (average income in 2012: $3,420) about why
global warming climate change is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
“Because of climate change, it’s no secret that today Indonesia is … one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth,” Kerry told an audience of students at a high-tech U.S.-funded cultural center at a Jakarta mall. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk.”
Maybe Kerry thinks every Indonesian can marry a rich condiment heiress or something.
Incidentally, according to World Bank figures, Indonesian per capita greenhouse gas emissions are 1.8 metric tons. The United States: 17.6. Like Al Gore, John Kerry’s per capita emissions are surely a multiple of this, which suggests an obvious first step. What Indonesia is most vulnerable to is following the policy prescriptions of mountebanks like Kerry. The good news it that they know that. India, China, Indonesia, and other developing nations have consistently told our diplomats a version of the following: “We don’t understand you Americans; you expect us to remain poor forever?” Or: “You Americans got rich on fossil fuels. When we’re as rich as you, then maybe we’ll talk about emissions reductions.”
If Kerry really wants to spot a “weapon of mass destruction,” he should look in the mirror. Is it 2016 yet?