John Kerry To Senate: Climate Change As Dangerous As A War With Iran

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) warned his colleagues in the Senate on Thursday that the threats posed by global climate change are “as dangerous” as those posed by the Iranian nuclear program or a war to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining a fissionable device.

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On Thursday, Sen. Kerry, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered what his office called a “major address and current assessment of the global climate change challenge” on the floor of the Senate.

“I believe that the situation we face, Mr. President, is as dangerous as any of the sort of real crises that we talk about – today we had a hearing in the Foreign Relations Committee on the subject of Syria, and we all know what’s happening with respect to Iran, and nuclear weapons and the possibility even of a war,” said Kerry.

Kerry said that climate change represents as “significant” a threat as current or potential Middle Eastern wars because they both “affect life itself on the planet.”

The senior senator from Massachusetts lamented that climate change has become a taboo subject to address openly. “Climate change, over the last few years, has regrettably lost credibility in the eyes and ears of the American people, because of a concerted campaign of disinformation — a concerted campaign to brand the concept as somehow slightly out of the mainstream of American political thinking,” Kerry said.

He went after his colleagues in the Congress who do not share his views on the significance of the threat of climate change which he called “fundamentally a flat-earth caucus.” He said that green house gasses and particulate matter in the air are as much a health risk to Americans as are other security threats.

Recent reports have suggested that Kerry is lobbying to succeed Sec. Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State in Obama’s second term. Kerry’s stewarding of the long-stalled Law of the Sea treaty is said by some to be evidence of his intention to serve as America’s chief diplomat after 2013 if Obama wins in November.

Watch the speech below via C-SPAN 2:

h/t CNS News

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