John Kerry Old School Playground Bully on Climate

Originally posted at CFACT

By Joe Bastardi 

I am not going to rehash all Earth day pronouncements by John Kerry, he lives in a different world from me. But I can not figure out why we let him bully our nation the way he does. Is there any journalist who will stand up and question him?   

Natural gas for instance emits almost no CO2, yet this is the headline:
“Biden’s climate envoy Kerry gives natural gas a 10-year expiration date”

Kerry is demanding we shut down coal faster, and then pushing for electric vehicles:
“John Kerry — We need to shut coal plants 5X faster…”

Like a bully, Kerry picks on an easy target, the collective conscious of a generation in this country that has been taught that their nation is not a force for good in the world.  So he makes these demands. But who is bullying him? China. It is the classic pecking order of the bully doing the bidding of the bigger bully. China is by far the number one polluter in the world, and China builds one coal plant after another. Yet, who does he pick on? His own country. China is rich in the raw materials needed to drive whatever kind of “green revolution” that is being pushed (a misnomer if there ever was one given the pillaging of natural resources that is going to occur, and the fact that the planet is greener than it has ever been in the satellite era). So he does their bidding. It is no different than what is going on in other aspects we have seen (think sports/apparel world).

Quite frankly, I do not begrudge China for doing this as far as looking out for number 1 which is (of course China), THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY CAN. They have a spokesperson in a climate czar that behaves as if he advocates in the orderly manner that Chinese society operates, and is not much different than Pax Romana (the peace of Rome) which implies crushing all opposition, gain control, and then there is peace and order.  Advancements are made in a top-down fashion at the whims of the ruling elite, that know better than the individual (this of course is wonderful if you are in the ruling elite). Upward mobility and hope for individuals is crushed. But let me ask, who is easier to control, a strong person with a strong will, or someone that has no hope and simply wants to go along to get along? This is their time and they know they have laid the foundational groundwork for this. Like Putin going into Ukraine when oil hit 100 a barrel, knowing the dependency of the west on his resources gave him an advantage, and as China knows as the backbone of what has made this country what it is has been, weakened. And who better to use as the front person? Whether it is his motive or not, when you dress down your own nation while you have someone doing the opposite, and they get a free pass, then you are doing their bidding.

Is it intentional? Put it this way, if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, what is it? Was there any mention of China shutting all their coal plants? NO, of course not, because that bully would quickly crush anyone that would not do their bidding. So he turns on his own country. Again, China is just being smart for China’s purposes. Though, Kerry in dressing down his fellow Americans on an agenda driven by a phony climate war (that is what is most aggravating, there is no need for this hysteria and reaction), and not standing up to China is simply someone that is bullying a convenient target (as someone who got bullied every day on the playground [as that was life in Jersey in the 60s], I know what the pecking order looks like). Chances are leftist saying I am unhinged writing this, do not recognize it since they were not exposed to it since over the last 50 years that kind of thing has been brought under control by more control. But that’s what it is, bullying the American people over a phony climate war designed to bring down our way of life.

What about electric vehicles (EVs)? I have nothing against them. But where is all the electricity coming from to power all these cars? I saw a charging station outside the hotel I was at recently. Think about this: If wind and solar are your prime sources, there is no solar at night and wind speeds drop off at night. So if the charging is coming from a non-storable source such as wind or solar, just how do you expect to accomplish that at night? The car was plugged in all night (when I got in, it was there and when I went to the gym at 8 am, it was there). I saw a Chevy Silverado commercial bragging about its 400-mile range, roughly what my 2013 Mazda gets. It takes me 1.5 minutes to get that gassed up for that range. The fastest charging Silverado takes 40 minutes. I guess the bathroom break on the highway is going to be longer (or maybe the design is to do away with long trips). But the price ranges from $40-$105k. I bought my Mazda used for $13k. I can’t afford $40-$105k for a car. Can you? I heard from my cousin that roads will be built with a technology that involves copper to make them get more mileage. Where is the copper coming from? The US is NOT in the top 5 and Russia is 4th. How long will that last?

He is using bullying tactics. Maybe that is why it’s called a bully pulpitsorry I get it.  America must stand up to bullies, foreign or domestic.  The PRESS HAS TO ASK KERRY THESE QUESTIONS. It does me no good. I just get trashed by the left when I do. But is there no one that would ask John Kerry about Chinese pollution and why they are not the CenterPoint of this wrath? Alarming enough, a journalist in China can’t ask that question, and it has become that way here. You are done as a journalist if you do.

The combination of Earth Day and a talk with a URI communications major lead me to write this. Naturally, we discussed climate. I said to him, “Do not believe me, go and look at all the information.” This is what I tell everyone. But what he said to me was alarming. In his whole class, there are no more than a handful of students that question what they are told. It is the same everywhere, my alma mater Penn State for instance. I also told him to keep his head down and do his job (I would hate to be a young person with contrarian views today… that’s opposite of what we were brought up to do), but in his spare time, look at what challenges conventional ideas most. The point here is, John Kerry has an audience today that can be bullied as far as climate goes.  He will not stand up to the number one polluter (China), but he knows he can dress down his own country.

When I start seeing the Climate Czar standing up to the number one polluter, then I will know it’s more than just an agenda based on a phony climate war that is resulting in the diminishing of the American dream. But given he also wants to crush natural gas and Nuclear is out of the question. What could the possible motivation be?

By the way, I think there is certainly a market for EVs, wind, and solar. I have stated this many times and as a matter of fact wind and solar is more profitable for a forecaster than fossil fuel sources. However, its NOT BY FORCED ADHERENCE TO BULLYING TACTICS THAT WOULD SHUT DOWN OUR NATIONS ABILITY TO ENHANCE PEACE AND PROSPERITY. My goodness, you are seeing it in front of your own eyes now. No matter what you think of Former President Trump, he could have wielded an energy sword over the domestic enemy, which is an economy spiraling out of control, a foreign opponent for cheaper oil and less dependence that stops people like Putin whom rely on the opposite from doing what he is now doing. But let us develop these things through capitalism and competition, and if they are meant to move from a supplemental aspect to energy the prime source, they will.  Though, bullying the nation into a position that is obviously increasing instability (maybe that is the goal, for who is strongest now and going forward), they will be the ones dictating the future. The climate Czar’s words and deeds speak volumes as to the intent. This demands people tp fire tough questions at him, rather than the smile and nod response of a nation that is losing faith in itself and hope in its future.

John Kerry as “climate czar”, if he truly wishes to lead, has to stand up the to the real bullies and not bully his own country. I may still disagree with the whole phony climate war, but it would at least show real intent in the matter.

The real shame is that it is an agenda-driven phony climate war. There is no need for this, especially in light of the real problems we face today.


Joe Bastardi

Joe Bastardi is a pioneer in extreme weather and long-range forecasting. He is the author of “The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won’t Hear From Al Gore — and Others” which you can purchase at the CFACT bookstore. His new book The Weaponization of Weather in the Phony Climate war can be found here.

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April 27, 2022 2:07 am

I see that orange man coming back to be president again they get what they deserve the woke tossers LGB FJB

Reply to  H B
April 27, 2022 10:22 am

Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz (son in law of Kerry) sold access to their father/step father in a series of complex bribery schemes. Hunter and Chris were founding partners of Rosemont Seneca, along with Devon Archer who is now in prison. In a fairy tale ending, Brandon, Lurch and kids would join him.

Reply to  H B
April 27, 2022 1:56 pm

The best thing that could happen would be a Trump/Desantis ticket. 12 years to drain the swamp.

April 27, 2022 2:42 am

All aboard the Kerry-Go-Round

Tom Abbott
Reply to  fretslider
April 27, 2022 5:46 am

Nobody pays much attention to Kerry now.

Biden does the same thing Kerry does, he encourages other nations to produce more oil while discouraging more oil production in the United States.

April 27, 2022 3:07 am

American “green” biomass exports threatened
Stop Burning Trees‘ protest against Drax biomass power station 
The firm received £893million in 2021 – equivalent to adding £11.60 a year to every household’s fuel bill – for burning renewable biomass pellets instead of fossil fuels. 
By 2027 the biomass industry as a whole will have received £13 billion in renewable subsidies, and £10 billion of that has gone directly to Drax.
Drax Power Station, Britain’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, burnt the equivalent of 29 million trees in 2021 as critics warned wood-burning is not ‘truly renewable’ because of time it takes for trees to regrow.
Drax is axed from the S&P Global Clean Energy Index after it was no longer considered to be a ‘clean energy company’.

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Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Vuk
April 27, 2022 10:39 am

“Renewable” seems to be one of those words that infects the minds of people and cause them to stop thinking logically.
They call wind and solar renewable, but many of them do not think hydro is.
To some extent this oddity must be an extension of some ingrained bias or preconceived notion, which then makes the views of those holding various opinions oblivious to all contrary facts and bits of information.

How can anyone who cares about environmental issues in general, be for wind power and against hydro power?
How can anyone who thinks CO2 is a danger to all life be against nuclear?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
April 27, 2022 11:46 am

Worse yet, they don’t see those evil foss!l fu*!s as being solar energy with “batteries”
included- 24/7 solar. Maybe they can’t think- they’re all just programmed bots! 🙁
Worse yet, they don’t see those evil foss!l fu*!s as being solar energy with “batteries”
included- 24/7 solar. Maybe they can’t think- they’re all just brain-washed bots!

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Old Man Winter
Reply to  Vuk
April 27, 2022 12:09 pm

“no longer considered to be a ‘clean energy company’”

When I first heard that burning wood pellets was called ‘clean energy’, I couldn’t stop laughing as a
lucky con man had just found his mark! Burning wood alone is quite obviously dirtier than coal even
before pelletization. That’s 6 Stooges Stupid- Moe, Larry, Curly, Curly Joe, Joe & Shemp!

Drax is axed from the S&P… 👍👍

Steve Case
April 27, 2022 3:12 am

If you want to understand what Joe Bastardi is talking about just Google this guy:

Yuri Bezmenov

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Steve Case
April 27, 2022 6:30 am

I had never heard of him, so did google his name, and found this video of an interview with him, in 1984. Fascinating stuff. I had already read The Gulag Archipelago in the early 70s, which opened my eyes to the horriffic reality of what was going on in Soviet Russia, but Yuri’s account brings home the idea of Soviet indoctrination in this country, and around the world.
This is all relevant to what is happening today with the Russian state openly and viciously attacking democratic ideals via their vile attack on the soverign country of Ukraine.

Steve Case
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 27, 2022 7:36 am

And when the Bolsheviks solidify their power they bus the useful idiots out of town and shoot them.

Reply to  Steve Case
April 27, 2022 11:14 am

The other piece of it is having the need to modulate the price of oil. The more expensive it is the more need there is for US dollars. Most of the lecture below is above my pay grade, however he gives a fairly complete history of the global financial system, with a lot of gems like this:

Prof Michael HUDSON – De-Dollarization – Toward the End of U.S. Monetary Hegemony?

Basically the old economic thesis was was that when a country or an Empire ran out of money, it needed to retrench and build up / renew its economy to continue its foreign policy objectives. However, that didn’t happen with the United States in 1972 when it went off gold, it just kept printing money.

And so a lot of the back-a**ward stuff we are seeing, like the United States ditching its industries and middle class has to do with the financial system being upside down.

I just present this as a piece of the puzzle, as I said this is beyond my pay grade and understanding, but I think it is tied into Bizarro Kerry and all of the other upside down stuff we are seeing and experiencing. IMHO

Bruce Cobb
April 27, 2022 3:21 am

I’d like to be
John Kerry free
In a carbon enriched garden
In the shade

We’d sing and shout
Because there’d be no doubt
That he’s a moron without the sense
Of a flea

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 27, 2022 5:01 am

Perhaps not soon enough, but it is inevitable.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 27, 2022 8:06 am

John and Joe would dance around
but we have hope they won’t be found
they’d like to pee under a tree
waiting for hours to upload the EV

Old Man Winter
Reply to  HOJO
April 27, 2022 10:00 am

“they’d like to pee under a tree”- cuz they’re probably collecting subsidies for doing that! 😮

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 27, 2022 10:02 am

Imagine there’s no Kerry,
It’s easy if you try…

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
April 27, 2022 2:00 pm

Who ever thought that Ringo would end up being the best looking Beatle?

April 27, 2022 4:06 am

The only reason Lurch has a voice at all is his habit of marrying rich widows and siphoning off money from them. He has no actual, functional education, has never held a job in his entire life and spews lies incessantly.

Reply to  2hotel9
April 27, 2022 4:13 am

He’s a gigolo

Dennis Cichelli
Reply to  Mikeyj
May 3, 2022 10:02 am

Just his wife’s family money…the Heinz empire….

April 27, 2022 4:10 am

Time for another Swift Boat Party. Best $200.00 dollars I ever spent on politics

April 27, 2022 4:34 am

Thanks, Joe, for the post, and thank you WUWT for cross posting it here.

Joe, you appear to have a whole lot more patience than I have. I can’t stand to listen to John Kerry for more than a few seconds…if that long. And I will definitely avoid reading anything he’s written or any of his quotes.


Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 27, 2022 9:59 am

Right there with you Bob.
This guy infuriates me.
He is indeed a low information bully.

Tom Halla
April 27, 2022 4:46 am

Lurch has a long history of being on the wrong side.

Eric Vieira
April 27, 2022 5:18 am

He’s not only bullying China. It seemed to me that he was bullying Australia too. There will
be elections in Australia soon. We’ll see who wins, the greens or the down to earth parties.

Mumbles McGuirck
April 27, 2022 5:20 am

“Biden’s climate envoy Kerry gives natural gas a 10-year expiration date”

I give Kerry a 2-year expiration date. This November 8th we’ll hit a tipping point with the political environment turning red. Then, in 2024 John Kerry will enter the ranks of the unemployed. He’ll have to live off his wife’s money.

oeman 50
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
April 27, 2022 8:55 am

On who’s authority does a “climate envoy” make such pronouncements? Oh, I get it, the same authority that Prince Charles, Leo DiCaprio, etc., etc. have, nil.

Frank from NoVA
April 27, 2022 5:23 am

‘I am not going to rehash all Earth day pronouncements by John Kerry, he lives in a different world from me.’

Jean Francois lives in a different world from most people.

April 27, 2022 5:40 am

I post this primarily for the further edification of anyone still not fully aware of the disgusting America-hating traitor John Kerry as witnessed by those who served alongside him in Vietnam. Feel free to download the “pdf” chapter at the link below from Scott Swett’s book chronicling just one of his acts of cowardice that he wrote up in an after action report as an act of heroism. I knew several of the Swiftboat Veterans and POWs who joined forces to defeat Kerry’s attempt to become POTUS, and I still correspond with several who are still living. My squadron gathered and passed intelligence to our own Air Force airborne command aircraft and to the Swiftboaters and to the Army and Marines to help them locate and engage the enemy during the Vietnam war.

Kerry was part of a 4 Swiftboat patrol on the Bay Hap River in Vietnam. An underwater mine was detonated under one of the boats, causing injuries and severe damage to the boat. Two of the other boats immediately came to the aid of the disabled boat and managed to keep it from sinking while providing aid to the crew. Kerry immediately accelerated down river for more than a mile abandoning his position in the formation and strafing the river banks (even though there were no enemy anywhere in the vicinity). After he realized he was the only one who deserted, he turned around and returned to the scene of the rescue operation.

Let me repeat, John Kerry immediately took off down river, abandoning his teammates and leaving the damaged boat and injured sailors to DIE had not the other boats been there and rendering aid.

A mile down river, after realizing there was no imminent attack by the enemy, Kerry returned to the scene and cut in front of one of the other boats who was in the process of retrieving one of the Special Forces soldiers who had been thrown off Kerry’s boat when he raced away. That soldier later helped Kerry with his failed presidential campaign.

You can download and read the whole story of how Kerry cut and ran and left his wounded comrades to fend for themselves <b>CHAPTER 10 An Incident on the Bay Hap River</b> from Scott Swett’s <b>”To Set the Record Straight”</b> to find out for yourself what a self-aggrandizing liar John Fraud Kerry truly is.

Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
April 27, 2022 5:51 am

In case the link to the book is not working, you can search on To Set The Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry
It is available at Amazon and I believe it is FREE in Kindle.

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Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
April 27, 2022 5:55 am

The link to Chapter 10 got corrupted. Here it is clean.

Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
April 27, 2022 10:23 am

As a former Marine Viet Nam vet, I’ve ferociously hated Kerry since his despicable speech to Congress in 1971 (I recall), debating all of us who were there. I remember a night on guard duty in a bunker getting shot at, telling the Gunny Sgt. That I can see the rifle flashes, I’ll take him out. Gumny said, ” can’t do that it’s a friendly village.” I said, ” shooting at me doesn’t seem very friendly, WTF?” He said, “sorry but some asshole in Washington decided it was friendly.” And Kerry called us all barbarians. I guess he never saw what the Viet Cong did to people that merely did our laundry. The SOB hasn’t missed a chance to denigrate his own country in 50 years. I had a magnetic bumper sticker during his Pres. Campaign the said “Viet Cong veterans for Kerry.” Still have it on my hangar wall.

Reply to  Slowroll
April 27, 2022 11:39 am

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Reply to  Slowroll
April 27, 2022 2:56 pm

I’m surprised that the sonnybeich never got fraged. He sure deserved it

USMC Nam 65-66-67

April 27, 2022 6:20 am

Kerry is flying around and polluting on the taxpayer’s dollar now Does he still keep his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid Massachusetts taxes? Has he ever explained his uncanny resemblance to Ed Muskie?

April 27, 2022 7:28 am

I love your intensity Joe and share your dismay at how easily so many have bought into the Great Lie that America has not been a tremendous force for freedom and improvement around the world

But I have to differ with your “nothing against” opinion of electric cars. Every one of them is subsidized by my taxes and your taxes. Same goes for every charging station taking up space in a parking lot.

Electric vehicles, LNG vehicles, fuel cell and hydrogen fantasy cars are all manifestations of the heavy hand of government pressing its fat thumb on the. Marketplace and “picking winners” – with our hard-earned wealth!

A pox on them all

George Daddis
Reply to  GeologyJim
April 27, 2022 8:38 am

Nothing wrong with EVs, any more than with BMWs or Lamborghinis. If you can afford one (I can’t) go for it.
Your angst should be directed at our (and most “developed”) governments who use taxpayer money to fund their deluded programs and policies.

Reply to  George Daddis
April 27, 2022 8:49 pm

That’s exactly what “subsidized” means – government takes my tax payments and gives them (subsidy) to my virtue-signaling neighbor

Michael in Dublin
April 27, 2022 9:01 am

The most important contribution of this article is using the word “bully” for those climate activists and alarmists who cannot get their way. This word also describes many politicians and leaders in the Western World as well as many reporters and media commentators. Of course a bully denies that he is a bully and justifies his actions as for the good of those who have to bear the brunt of his bullying or saying it is well deserved. He hates it if you stand up to him and especially if you can give him an unexpected hard punch on his nose (figuratively).

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Nicholas McGinley
April 27, 2022 10:24 am

Excellent essay.
I am in nearly full agreement with every point made by Joe Bastardi here.
I would like to amplify and expound on all of this, and will do so when I have a little more time today.

I will say a little about one point right now:
“What could the possible motivation be?”

“For what should it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and yet lose his own soul?”

While I am uncertain the degree to which kowtowing to China may be a part of or the primary motivation of Kerry and his despicable ilk, I am fairly certain that there are only two things that can explain the actions of Kerry and certain others: Money, and power.
I love the reference to ancient Rome. Almost everything going on these days harkens back to those points in historical time.
It seems to be an oddity of human nature, or at least the nature of certain humans, that those who have a lot of money and/or a lot of power, seek doggedly to preserve it, and to gather ever more.
All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures.

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Caligula Jones
April 27, 2022 12:00 pm

Kept Ken doll man says what?

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April 27, 2022 3:00 pm


Joel O'Bryan
April 27, 2022 12:22 pm

Kerry is the globalist-billionaire’s planted stooge in the Biden White House. He represents the Davos crowd of elitists and their greed-driven demands for “sustainability.” The sustainability push really means their elitist lifestyle sustainability. Their’s is Malthusian world-view. Joe Biden isn’t in charge of anything. His handlers simply trot the senile old fool out, hoping he can just read a teleprompter script and disappear without answering questions. Now whenever he’s caughtup in a moment tries to take questions it now always end in mess for his staff to do cleanup on aisle 46.
Kerry is just therefore one of the manyWhite House Democrat stooges, doing things he is directed to do and say by other billionaires who are calling the tunes for all Democrats to dance to.

April 27, 2022 6:31 pm

Kerry stand up for his own country? Now that would be a novel situation for him. Going waay back.

April 27, 2022 10:36 pm

Natural gas for instance emits almost no CO2, yet this is the headline:”

Its totally ridiculous statements like this which destroy your credibility.

I am convinced that we will continue to use abundant fossil fuels to give us low cost energy, barring a sudden and huge move to nuclear.

We have plenty of great arguments to torpedo warmistas without giving them gotcha comments like that howler.

Simple chemistry shows how incorrect you are. Assuming complete combustion one molecule of methane produces one molecule of CO2.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Dean
April 28, 2022 6:29 am

The US has reduced CO2 emissions to 1992 levels, largely by switching a large amount of electrical generation from coal to nat gas.

May 4, 2022 10:59 am

Not even gonna read through this, your “There is no need for this” suggest there is intelligence on the moron-side of Climate Fiction. There isn’t. There is merely a will to kill all things hydrocarbon.

Now return the favor with a will to kill all things Climate Fiction.

If you’re not willing to harden up, you’ll continue to be a weak target of bullying. Propaganda. False information. Failed-even-before-started business models. You name it.


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