'What's the Worst That Can Happen?'
Secretary of State John Kerry, in a commencement speech at Boston College, derided skeptics of man-made climate change as members of the “Flat Earth Society” and we need to act quickly as “things will change in a hurry”. He went on to say that the policies of the climate alarmists will result in millions of new jobs, make life healthier, and provide greater security and energy independence. The icing on the this bloviated cake was his rhetorical question that even if he and the scientists are wrong, “What is the worst that can happen?”.
Secretary Kerry’s comments are remarkable, even for a self-important, narcissistic politician, in its arrogance, ignorance, and fllat-out falsehoods. To begin with, the “Flat Earth Society” never actually existed; much like physical proof of man-made climate change. None of their computer models have proven accurate. Scientific theory only has value if it can be empirically tested and found to be consistently accurate. As for the “millions of jobs”, only a comparative handful have been created in green energy fields despite billions in government subsidies and grants. There is nothing to indicate that this lack of success will change any time in the near future. The war against coal and fossil fuels, however, has been very successful in that by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline and closing a record number of coal plants, tens of thousands have been put out of work. How this mass unemployment makes life healthier and more secure is not explained. Neither is how strangling gas and coal production will make us more energy independent. As for things changing “in a hurry”, we have been hearing tales of the coming Armageddon since Earth Day 1970. None of the dire predictions made at that event that were going to befall the world in thirty years actually happened.
The answer to Secretary Kerry’s question would include continued high unemployment, skyrocketing energy costs resulting in a decreased standard of living, more energy dependence on foreign sources and a collapsing American economy all while China and India continue to pour as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as they feel is necessary to build their economies and improve the lives of their people. John Kerry, of course, would not understand the significance of the negative results of his policies since he has never experienced it. His extended family was wealthy and a rich aunt paid for his ivy league education. When he was on his own, he rolled up his sleeves and married into his own wealth. He does not care about how his policies affect people he never sees. What is the absolute “worst thing” that can happen? That depends on how far Americans will stand to see this economically insane carnival run.
Victor Keith writes from Burbank, California and can be contacted at victorakeith.com