Kerry’s Fed Up With the Flat Earth Caucus

Reuters had an interesting piece yesterday about John Kerry speaking at the New Republic forum at the National Press Club. Kerry apparently was showing his feisty side yesterday, and it was a side of Kerry that the Reuters correspondent was unfamiliar with:

[…] there’s a feisty side to the senior senator from Massachusetts, and it was on display at a forum on energy and economic growth, where Kerry teed off on congressional Republicans and others who doubt the seriousness of the challenge of climate change.

Yes, Senator Kerry does have a feisty side (unbeknownst to some) and he was on fire yesterday:

“After a while you get exasperated and jaded and frustrated about it all,” Kerry told The New Republic forum at the National Press Club. “I’ve had it just about up to here with America’s indifference to the realities of this crisis … the United States is like an ostrich putting its head in the sand.”

How do you feel about the U.S. political establishment, Senator Kerry? “I don’t know what’s happened to us in the body politic of this country where facts and science seem to be so easily shunted aside and disposed of in favor of simple sloganeering, pure ideology and little bromides of politics that are offered up, that offer no solution to anything but might get you through an election.”

Your Republican colleagues in Congress? “In the Republican party … about half the class that came in (to Congress) this year doubts that humans have anything to do with climate change or that climate change is happening … The Flat Earth Caucus is growing.”

How ’bout those Koch Brothers Senator?

The Koch brothers are funding a lot of efforts to prevent us from doing anything (about climate change). They funded this climate doubters Berkeley study in the hopes that one study out of thousands would … show that all the rest of this stuff is fabricated ideological bunk from the left.” (As it turned out, and as Kerry noted, the Berkeley Earth Science Project agreed with most other studies that climate change is occurring and human activities fuel it.)

There’s more here.

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One Response to Kerry’s Fed Up With the Flat Earth Caucus

  1. Bronwyn Beistle says:

    It’s not America that’s indifferent, as I guess Senator Kerry probably knows–it’s our political system that suppresses the will of the people. After Katrina and _An Inconvenient Truth_ Americans were ready to move forward on this issue, especially in light of constantly increasing oil prices. But our government had no intention of changing the status quo.

    “Exasperated and jaded and frustrated about it all” pretty much sums up how I felt trying to get the 110th Senate (with 59-60 Democrats) to put money into energy efficiency retrofits on buildings. Funding energy efficiency would reduce pollution, create jobs, lower people’s electricity bills, and bring us at least somewhat into line with the modern world. We couldn’t get anywhere. Did OK in the House, couldn’t get anywhere with the Senate. So it goes. I’m not surprised the Senator is sick of it.