John Kerry on IPCC report: Deniers ‘playing with fire’

John Kerry said in a statement:

This is yet another wakeup call: Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire.

Once again, the science grows clearer, the case grows more compelling, and the costs of inaction grow beyond anything that anyone with conscience or common sense should be willing to even contemplate.

Boil down the IPCC report and here’s what you find: Climate change is real, it’s happening now, human beings are the cause of this transformation, and only action by human beings can save the world from its worst impacts.

This isn’t a run of the mill report to be dumped in a filing cabinet. This isn’t a political document produced by politicians.

It’s science.

It builds on the most authoritative assessments of knowledge on climate change produced by scientists, who by profession are conservative because they must deal in what is observable, provable and reviewable by their peers.

If this isn’t an alarm bell, then I don’t know what one is. If ever there were an issue that demanded greater cooperation, partnership, and committed diplomacy, this is it.

What one country does impacts the livelihoods of people elsewhere – and what we all do to address climate change now will largely determine the kind of planet we leave for our children and grandchildren.

With those stakes, the response must be all hands on deck. It’s not about one country making a demand of another. It’s the science itself, demanding action from all of us.

The United States is deeply committed to leading on climate change.

We will work with our partners around the world through ambitious actions to reduce emissions, transform our energy economy, and help the most vulnerable cope with the effects of climate change.

We do so because this is science, these are facts, and action is our only option.

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10 thoughts on “John Kerry on IPCC report: Deniers ‘playing with fire’”

  1. I wouldn’t say without substance.

    “It’s not about one country making a demand of another. It’s the science itself, demanding action from all of us.”
    “The United States is deeply committed to leading on climate change.”

    Pair these two statements with the constant argument about our efforts being worthless without China and India playing along and it gives a strong indication about how they’re preparing to cash in on the excuse they’ve been building for years.

    If you want the people to support you imposing your will on others, you first convince the people that those others are causing the people harm. We’ve gone to war over a lot less than the obliteration of the entire coastline by flooding and hurricanes.

  2. Come on, why do you have to pick on Lurch like that. Now Kerry on the other hand is probably to stupid to even spell science, let alone to know what it really is.

  3. A few paraghaphs of fluff without substance. Just another dumb remark from Lurch. He can’t tell the difference between “science” and hyperbole.

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