Never mind the idea that Nancy Pelosi may be a GOP deep-cover double-agent.* I think I’ve figured out who is operating in even deeper cover: Secretary of State John Kerry. Today in Jakarta Kerry spoke about the causes of climate change. Here are some highlights of Kerry’s keen grasp of science:
The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3D movie. . .
In fact, this is not really a complicated equation. I know sometimes I can remember from when I was in high school and college, some aspects of science or physics can be tough – chemistry. But this is not tough. This is simple. Kids at the earliest age can understand this.
Try and picture a very thin layer of gases – a quarter-inch, half an inch, somewhere in that vicinity – that’s how thick it is. It’s in our atmosphere. It’s way up there at the edge of the atmosphere. And for millions of years – literally millions of years – we know that layer has acted like a thermal blanket for the planet – trapping the sun’s heat and warming the surface of the Earth to the ideal, life-sustaining temperature. Average temperature of the Earth has been about 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which keeps life going. Life itself on Earth exists because of the so-called greenhouse effect. But in modern times, as human beings have emitted gases into the air that come from all the things we do, that blanket has grown thicker and it traps more and more heat beneath it, raising the temperature of the planet. It’s called the greenhouse effect because it works exactly like a greenhouse in which you grow a lot of the fruit that you eat here.
This is what’s causing climate change. It’s a huge irony that the very same layer of gases that has made life possible on Earth from the beginning now makes possible the greatest threat that the planet has ever seen.
And there’s more, much more. This bit about the “quarter-inch” layer “at the edge of the atmosphere” “sets a new standard for utter imbecility” in the words of my CEI pal Myron Ebell. Myron adds:
Later in his speech, Secretary Kerry made the usual sneering remarks about people who don’t think that global warming is a crisis: “President… Obama and I believe very deeply that we do not have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.” I suspect that were Secretary Kerry to find the time to attend a meeting of the Flat Earth Society, his presence might lower the level of discourse.
Kerry is a double-agent, I tell ya’, more necessary now that Gore has become so utterly useless.
* Did you hear Pelosi’s latest? The whole Ray Rice situation is somehow the fault of . . . Republicans.
JOHN adds: So Kerry thinks the Earth’s temperature has been stable for “literally millions of years”? What an idiot. Has he not heard of the Ice Age? Here is a reconstruction of the Earth’s changes in temperature over the last 450,000 years, based on ice cores: