John Kerry, the former senator, secretary of state, and failed presidential candidate has finally found a war that he agrees with. He would like to declare war against climate change.
John Kerry has been many things in his long life. He enlisted in the United States Navy to fight in the Vietnam War, commanding a small patrol swift boat, similar to how John Kennedy won his spurs in World War II. When Kerry returned home, he discovered, to his chagrin, that Vietnam was not as popular as World War II had been, so he reinvented himself as an anti-war activist as part of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. During Senate testimony, Kerry essentially threw his fellow Vietnam veterans under the bus, describing the American armed forces in South East Asia as being the “army of Genghis Khan.”
Kerry was elected to the United States Senate in 1984 and was re-elected three times. In 2004, he challenged then-President George W. Bush for the presidency, then touting his alleged heroics as a Vietnam vet, downplaying his later anti-war activities. Embarrassingly, a group of Kerry’s fellow officers, styling themselves Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, banded together to suggest that Kerry’s military service was not as heroic as he made it out to be. Kerry finished his career in public service as President Obama’s second secretary of state. Kerry’s major accomplishment was the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran which was highly criticized as being an unenforceable sham deal.
The New York Times reports that Kerry has come out of retirement with a new war to advocate. World War Zero, as the new organization is called, wants to declare war on climate change.
“Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are part of the effort. Moderate Republican lawmakers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, and John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio, are on the list. Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sting, and Ashton Kutcher round out the roster of more than 60 founding members. Their goal is to hold more than 10 million ‘climate conversations’ in the coming year with Americans across the political spectrum.”
The new organization will fan out across the country and hold town halls to raise awareness of the threat of climate change, going not only to swing states in the 2020 election, but also to military bases and, also, economically depressed areas where “green jobs” might be touted.
Curiously, World War Zero will not advocate any specific solutions, such as the Green New Deal. The kind of climate change activism favored by politicians such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as teenager Greta Thunberg, has met resistance due to the sheer draconian nature of the solutions being proposed. Most people are opposed to banning air travel and meat, not to mention reordering society along socialistic lines, to fight climate change.
Nevertheless, some members of the World War Zero group advocate the Green New Deal, while others take a more moderate position, relying on natural gas as a cleaner-burning fossil fuel. No one has opened their minds about nuclear power, carbon capture, or planting trees as realistic ways to fight climate change.
The group has also declined to direct its attention to the worst emitters of greenhouse gasses, China and India.
“Sarah Matthews, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, said in a statement that the administration ‘continues to advance realistic solutions to reduce emissions while unleashing American energy like never before.’ Asked to comment on the new bipartisan group, she also criticized efforts to force the United States to cut emissions, arguing ‘the largest emitters like China and India won’t do the same.’
“Mr. Schwarzenegger in an interview this week dismissed as ‘bogus’ the Trump administration’s argument that China must do more to curb emissions before the United States acts.
“’I always say to myself, what is happening here? America never ever in its history has said, ‘Let some other country do something first.’ We should lead,’ he said.”
Fortune Magazine notes that China burns half the coal used on the planet. Moreover, it is adding more coal plants and is cutting back on renewable sources of energy, the exact opposite that climate change activists claim is needed. The former governor of California has not explained how any climate change effort can be effective if China is allowed to continue that energy policy.