John Kerry and His Climate Clown-Science

From The Institute for Energy Research

By David Kreutzer

March 13, 2020

Joe Biden’s “confidants” are throwing out names for cabinet positions. Whether this is sophisticated political jockeying or the equivalent of a frat-house bull session is unknown, but the first name on the list at Axios makes us dearly hope it is the latter. The first bullet point on their list reads: “John Kerry would love to take a new Cabinet position devoted to climate change…”

This possibility is emblematic of sorry state of climate policy. John Kerry has proven he is totally ignorant of the basics of climate science. Nevertheless, while he ridicules those who know more, he is aided and abetted by the media.

In a widely covered speech in Jakarta in 2014, Kerry asserted that climate change is “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He also went to some lengths to lay out the basics of climate science.

After invoking the requisite “97 percent of scientists” cliché, Kerry goes off script (or we can hope it was off script) to explain how simple it is to understand climate science: “But this is not tough. This is simple. Kids at the earliest age can understand this.” It is worth watching the video just to get a sense of the condescension and derision toward skeptics.

Here is his description of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas:

“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.”

Don’t bother going outside to look for it. Kerry’s is an absolutely cockamamie description of greenhouse gasses in general and CO2 in particular. CO2 is not “way up there at the edge.” It is all through the atmosphere. It is not a quarter or half an inch thick—it is part of the many-miles thick atmosphere. It seems he may have been using talking points from the twenty-years-earlier debate on ozone. Ozone is mostly “way up there” and if isolated and compressed to right-down-here pressures would form a layer 3 mm thick. If so, Kerry confused an abstract description of ozone (O3) for the reality of CO2. More notable than his confusion is his confidence in his ignorance. He asserted that those who did not have his level of understanding were flat-Earthers with less comprehension than small children.

After misinforming the audience about the thin layer, way up there, he immediately adds:

“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.”

Kerry’s implication that the Earth’s climate has been coddled by a steady 57-degree “Ideal, life-sustaining temperature” for “literally millions of years” is also cockamamie.

Full article here.

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March 18, 2020 10:16 am

I worked with Kerry back in the 80’s. My impression of him was if all the people in the room were bulbs on a tree, his would be the dimmest.

Reply to  rbabcock
March 18, 2020 1:47 pm

Well he does have the advantage of a two legged Heinz ATM…

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  yirgach
March 18, 2020 10:35 pm

He’s Secretary of Ketchup, or is it Secretary of Catsup??

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 24, 2020 8:54 am

Says ketchup on the bottle. Mystery solved!

March 18, 2020 10:22 am

Yes, John Kerry lives in his own “bubble” oblivious to the world. Even with the rapid growth of electricity generation, renewables, the oil and gas industry is projected by the EIA to remain the main player for world energy through 2050, so why are U.S. politicians and environmentalists so anxious to thrash it and seek its demise in America? The industry is not just isolated as an American industry, as it’s an international industry. Without an oil and gas industry in the USA, the world will incur more emissions as most refineries outside our country, have significantly less environmental controls than here in our homeland. Our entire country would become a national security risk being dependent on foreign countries for our existence.
Check out the Op Ed: Note to U.S. Politicians – Oil and gas is an International industry
Published January 16, 2020 at CFACT

Ron Long
March 18, 2020 10:26 am

“Nevertheless, while he ridicules those who know more, he is aided and abetted by the media.” This is the wild card in the whole CAGW/Trump Derangement Syndrome/Coronovirus issue. The media is left side politically so they have a built-in hate of anything capitalistic or conservative. Couple that with the basic issue that you can’t sell good news, you have to remember the “if it bleeds-it leads!” theme for news. Have you ever seen headlines like: Good News! Every Things OK! NO! Instead it’s the world ends in 10 years, Trump is a Russian agent, and at least a million people will die from COVID-19 (don’t call it China virus or Wuhan virus because they are poor, honest hard-working progressive people!). Can we clone Andrew Breitbart? Is it too late?

Reply to  Ron Long
March 18, 2020 11:12 am

Dunning Kruger in action.
‘The fool doth think himself to be a wise man, while the wise man knows himself to be a fool’

Bryan A
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
March 18, 2020 12:06 pm

In Mr. Kerry’s defense, he is the wisest man in an empty room

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Bryan A
March 18, 2020 12:36 pm

I suspect some quantum entangled electrons would argue that they are actually smarter than Kerry!

Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 18, 2020 1:53 pm

They certainly carry more information.

Reply to  Bryan A
March 18, 2020 8:58 pm

I believe Kerry entering any room, even an empty one, lowers the room’s aggregated intellect.

Claiming Kerry could be wise, even a miniscule amount is false. Moronic, maybe. Wisest anything, impossible.

Robert of Texas
Reply to  Bryan A
March 19, 2020 7:09 pm

So…you do not believe in ghosts? Or are you just insulting them?

March 18, 2020 10:27 am

You all know when you know Kerry is not lying? That’s when he does not open his mouth.

Reply to  TomRude
March 18, 2020 10:44 am

I don’t think he is actually lying , as such.

Seems to me that he is SO DIM that he actually believes all the idiotic, zero-knowledge crap that he spews.

How one person can be so “unfortunate” as to be wrong with basically everything he says, is the big puzzle !

Reply to  fred250
March 18, 2020 1:54 pm

It took years of training at advanced liberal arts colleges, for him to act so dumb.

Tim Gorman
March 18, 2020 10:50 am

“Average temperature of the Earth has been about 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which keeps life going.”

Environmental impacts occur at the edges of the temperature envelope, not at the “average”. It is temps over 90degF and under about 55degF that stunt green growth such as grains, e.g. wheat, rice, and corn. The average is truly meaningless.

If the Earth is truly turning into a cinder then why do we continually see record global grain harvests over the past twenty years? Why have we seen a 10%-15% growth in the green area over the past forty years?

Most of the politicians in Wash DC need to abandon their liberal, coastal bubbles and go live with someone like a rancher in Wyoming or a farmer in Kansas and actually *learn* something about reality before making idiotic claims about “global warming”!

Rhys Jaggar
March 18, 2020 10:51 am

You would be amazed how easy it is to create cultures where you have to adhere to the group think narrative.

I experienced it as a PhD student and was profoundly shocked to learn what was going on. There I was thinking science was about commitment to discovery and truth and finding out that it was about squeezing grants out by whatever means worked.

March 18, 2020 10:52 am

Kerry is exactly to the type of person the UN/Alarmists want to spread their message. A useful idiot with political connections and background.

Reply to  markl
March 18, 2020 11:25 am

Kerry is exactly to the type of person the UN/Alarmists want to spread their message. A useful idiot with political connections and no scientific background.

Reply to  BobM
March 18, 2020 3:11 pm

markl and BobM

How did you guys do that?

Reply to  markl
March 18, 2020 12:33 pm

And rich.

(Disclosure – I always aspired to get rich enough to become a ‘progressive’. Every time I thought I got close though, the goalposts shifted from having to have $,000s to having to have $,000,000s 🙁

Bryan A
Reply to  Mr.
March 18, 2020 2:02 pm

I’m already on my Second $,000,000
I gave up on my First $,000,000

Reply to  Bryan A
March 18, 2020 3:12 pm

So did you get a “participation certificate” as a progressive?
If so, where’s mine??

Joel Snider
March 18, 2020 11:13 am

Biden is demonstrating that his presidency would be a puppet regime.

Bill Rocks
Reply to  Joel Snider
March 18, 2020 11:44 am

A sock puppet.

Bryan A
Reply to  Bill Rocks
March 18, 2020 2:03 pm

Though not as bright or insightful as Howard Handupme

Reply to  Joel Snider
March 18, 2020 3:21 pm

Joel, my mother had dementia. They can hide it to a certain extent and call people’s bluff early on, once it becomes clear that all is not well they go down hill quite fast. Treatment may delay the symptoms somewhat for a while. The disease is insidious.

I think it’s clear that they are setting up for a puppet regime. He certainly won’t be capable of being any kind of leader.

Reply to  Megs
March 19, 2020 7:22 am

Is that Felonia Von Pantsuit I see standing in the shadows? You can trust the Dems to try a stunt like that.

March 18, 2020 11:40 am

If Kerry were to become the climate czar, then his desire to fix a non existent existential threat will become the real existential threat to freedom.

But then again, it’s inevitable that one day a Democrat will become President and unless climate science is corrected before then, freedom is destined to become a distant memory.

The most important thing to concentrate on is to expose the supporting ‘science’ for what it is, which is so obviously wrong, it’s a pox on all science that it was allowed to become so wrong for such nefarious reasons.

March 18, 2020 12:56 pm

Being a Brit I have no idea who John Kerry is so I will restrict this to my dismay that the huge and well funded Democrat party can’t find a more credible (and younger) person than Biden to bid for the Presidency.

He will be the leader of the Free World for goodness sake, assuming there is still one after we have destroyed our economies and freedoms through a combination of Climate and Covid 19 hysteria.

Come on Democrats, surely you can do better than this?


Reply to  tonyb
March 18, 2020 1:36 pm

Assuming Biden is elected, not an assumption I would make, he won’t be president for long. The person to watch will be whoever he picks for his VP.

Reply to  SMC
March 18, 2020 1:56 pm

Especially if it’s Hillary.

Bryan A
Reply to  SMC
March 18, 2020 2:07 pm

I was kind of hoping He would Tap Nancy Solousy and get her out of the Senate.

Though I should be careful what I wish for

Reply to  Bryan A
March 18, 2020 3:31 pm

Pelosi is already out of the Senate.

Make another wish ;o)

Reply to  Bryan A
March 18, 2020 3:50 pm

Ms Pelosi is the Speaker of the House. She isn’t in the Senate.

Bryan A
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
March 18, 2020 8:23 pm

Fine then Get her out of the house…sheesh

Reply to  tonyb
March 18, 2020 1:49 pm

Sorry, but they can’t.

Nicholas Harding
March 18, 2020 1:11 pm

I cannot find it, but didn’t Kerry make a statement about sea level rise endangering Chicago, one of our great cities?

March 18, 2020 1:59 pm

I have absolutely no doubt that Kerry’s measures against climate change would exempt him. I recall him once commenting on how air conditioning was destroying the earth, but never did I hear that he had turned his own AC off

March 18, 2020 2:20 pm

John Kerry is not alone in being cockamamie. Most of the Democrats are cockamamie, some are even cockamamier. John Kerry is beloved amongst the Democrats because of his limited intelligence.

March 18, 2020 2:31 pm

The 97% consensus was explained in the simplest form by 19 year old Naomi Seibt in this video at the 9 minute 30 second mark – a John Cook bogus survey. . . :

I guess John Kerry can’t even understand her – Naomi he is so dumb.


Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Jon P Peterson
March 18, 2020 9:21 pm

The Cook paper wasn’t where the 97% started. He just tried to prop it up.

March 18, 2020 2:46 pm

The “Hail Mary” unity ticket?

March 18, 2020 2:48 pm

Regarding Chicago being threatened by rising sea levels, it is some 600 feet above sea level.
Since the extreme of the last ice advance sea levels have increased by about 300 feet.
Kerry need not worry.

Gunga Din
March 18, 2020 3:58 pm

He really said this!?!

Here is his description of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas:

“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.”

Uh … if all the CO2 is up there, then what are all the plants breathing?
(Amazing world we live in. Animals breath O2 and expel CO2 then plants breath CO2 and expel O2. And then we make each others’ food in the process!)

Reply to  Gunga Din
March 18, 2020 4:46 pm

He read Hartmut Graßl who in earlier times compared the CO2 covering earth like an umbrella and reflecting heat back to earth in a book about climate.
And he isn’t a no-name

Bill Treuren
March 18, 2020 4:12 pm

Might get under water in an ice age however.
Little more viscous me thinks.

Reply to  Bill Treuren
March 18, 2020 10:00 pm

The “solid” water yes (aka ice).

Iain Reid
March 19, 2020 12:18 am

I find it amusing that some who support AGW refer to sceptics as ‘flat earthers’
The consensus of the day was that the earth was flat!

Joe Crawford
March 19, 2020 10:30 am

Actually Biden’s VP will be the one to watch closely. Biden let slip a few of days ago the his would be an interim presidency. If his VP selection is another old white guy then dear Nancy is next in line.

March 19, 2020 5:07 pm

Power grabbing via media dominance doesn’t have to worry about whether their lies are accurate.

Robert of Texas
March 19, 2020 7:18 pm

Many people who believe the hyperbole about catastrophic climate change are mentally lazy – they possess the capacity to go deeper and understand the issues themselves, but they lack the drive (the curiosity, the time, etc. Pick one or more)

Kerry is just hopelessly dim. There is a difference between charisma and intelligence, but many people cannot distinguish between the two. He might be very likable in a room, but he can also at the same time be completely wrong. In his case, I think he just does not possess the capacity for scientific thought – he isn’t just mentally lazy, he is just mentally dim which is far worse.

Russell Johnson
March 22, 2020 10:38 am

Kerry is actually a globalist apologist who specializes in making chickenshit out of chicken salad.

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