11:01 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
What we usually hear about when the subject is climate change is stuff meant to scare you out of your socks. Rising oceans, violent storms, draughts, famines, plagues of locusts … and so forth. The implied alternative is austerity so severe – no cars, rationed electricity, smaller houses, once-a-week cold showers, etc. – that people are inclined to think, “Well, that will never happen,” and tune out.
Secretary of State John Kerry is a believer and a scold of those who are called “deniers” to smear them as akin to those who believe the Holocaust never happened. Mr. Kerry is, himself, a big energy consumer. One trembles to contemplate the size of his personal carbon footprint, not to mention the number of tons of the stuff he has dumped into the atmosphere on the government’s dime. And he is now trying on a new argument. It is a variation on the old, “in crisis, opportunity line,” and the way Kerry sees it, as reported by Kyle Balluck of The Hill:
“So many of the technologies that will help us fight climate change are far cheaper, more readily available, and better performing than they were … less than a decade ago. These technologies can cut carbon pollution while growing economic opportunity at the same time. The global energy market represents a $6 trillion opportunity, with 6 billion users around the world. By 2035, investment in the energy sector is expected to reach nearly $17 trillion.”
Leaving one to wonder why, if there is so much money to be made in these technologies, it isn’t already happening. Why does the American Secretary of State have to go around making the pitch that, “Kid, you can make trillions in renewables.”
Also, one thinks, have we not heard this and tried this before? Does Solyndra ring any bells with Mr. Kerry?
If Mr. Kerry would like to make a point about climate change, how about promising to reduce his personal and professional carbon emissions by 10 percent this year, thus setting an example for the government and the rest of us.
Apr 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 30 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
In his Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony last week, Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel for the breakdown in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He argued that an Israeli announcement of 700 new housing units for a neighborhood in Jerusalem were what did in the talks. “Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”
2:34 PM, Apr 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Secretary of State John Kerry is miffed and hurt. As Olivier Knox of Yahoo reports, Kerry feels that “his friend,” Senator John McCain, crossed some kind of line when Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Knox quotes a source (Mr. Unnamed) as saying:
9:00 AM, Apr 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former President Jimmy Carter does not think much about Hillary Clinton's effort to bring about peace in the Middle East. John Kerry's efforts, on the other hand, are "notable," according to Carter.
He made the remarks in an interview with Time magazine, in response to this question: "What’s your take on Secretary Kerry’s efforts so far in the Mideast?"
2:02 PM, Apr 4, 2014 • By ARYEH TEPPER
So the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are, predictably, collapsing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the frustration of his manic peacemaking efforts by quoting an ancient complaint, "There’s an old saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Now it's time to drink and the leaders need to know that."
To which one might respond with the words of Psalms: "Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding."
10:18 AM, Apr 3, 2014 • By NOAH POLLAK
It is a cliché at this point to remark that John Kerry is operating in a fantasy world. But sometimes there is no other word to describe the enormous distance between his perception of what is happening and what is actually happening.
'In the end, obviously the troops are in Russia on Russian soil.'8:33 AM, Mar 31, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Despite the Russian troops massing on the Ukainian border and Russia's "illegal and illegitimate" actions so far, Secretary of State John Kerry told the press in Paris last night after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that, according to Lavrov, "Russia wants to support Ukraine in its independence and in its ability to be able to make that transition":
12:01 PM, Mar 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry made the point that his department is not just concerned with foreign affairs. The State Department tweeted the following comments of the secretary at the hearing:
12:32 PM, Feb 27, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In a Wednesday interview with Andrea Mitchell, Secretary of State John Kerry resisted Mitchell's assertion that "genocide" was taking place in Syria:
8:09 AM, Feb 26, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry was joined in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department in Washington, D.C. by Catherine M.
12:42 PM, Feb 24, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication. Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed. In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork. By 2010, it had grown to $65 million. This year, the agency is looking to renew its current level of coverage, informing interested providers that "[i]nsurance must cover all items in any location in a Department of State facility abroad up to a value of $200,000,000." Last year, the $200 million policy cost the government $86,932.
11:41 AM, Feb 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry said today in Indonesia that climate change is "the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction."
11:08 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Gossip in Jerusalem suggests that many Israelis misunderstand John Kerry’s obsession with the peace process: They believe that the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate is using Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as a platform to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination. That’s not likely. Instead, it’s in comparing Kerry’s dogged efforts to that of his predecessor that Kerry’s real motives become clear. Clinton left a light footprint as secretary of state because she didn’t want anything sticking to her when campaign season rolls around.