White House climate envoy John Kerry, commenting on the war in Ukraine, expressed concern over the “massive emissions consequences” involved in the Russian invasion.
Kerry made the curious comments in an interview on BBC Arabic, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute’s MEMRI TV.
The former Democrat presidential candidate initially expressed concern for Ukraine and the effort by Russia to “change boundaries of international law by force.”
“I thought we lived in a world that had said no to that kind of activity,” he added. “And I hope diplomacy will win.”
It was fair enough. Kerry, however, changed his focus to worry that war would cause too much excess emission and distract from the climate crisis.
John Kerry: “I hope that President Putin will help us stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.”pic.twitter.com/uAEkSeqvpj
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 24, 2022
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Kerry Frets about Climate Change, Midst of Russian Invasion
Kerry, the presidential special envoy on climate seems to believe he cannot express thoughts about foreign policy issues unless it is somehow linked to climate change. No matter how ridiculous.
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And he didn’t disappoint.
In the interview, Kerry references “emissions” concerns and points out that the Russian invasion will cause other nations to lose focus on climate change.
“But massive emissions consequences to the war but equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact,” he said.
John Kerry now says that the war in Ukraine will distract from the world’s “most important security question”: climate change
You can’t make this up
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) February 24, 2022
From there, Kerry seemed to insinuate that rather than focusing on an invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin should be worried about his country ‘thawing’ out.
“I think hopefully President Putin would realize that in the northern part of his country, they used to live on 66% of the nation that was over frozen land,” he told the interviewer.
“Now it’s thawing, and his infrastructure is at risk. And the people of Russia are at risk,” he continued.
“And so I hope President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate,” Kerry added.
John Kerry to Putin Tomorrow:
“You’ve really done it this time, mister. We are docking you 500 ESG points. AND if you don’t knock it off right now, we will hit your diversity & inclusion ratings too.” https://t.co/1W3lpYzs4s
— Mr. Skilling (@mr_skilling) February 24, 2022
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Flashback: Biden Says Climate Change is the Most Dangerous Threat to American Security
John Kerry would be Secretary of State if he were. He could limit “massive emissions” in Ukraine And bring peace to the region simply by implementing ‘folk rock diplomacy.’
He did it in Paris after a terrorist attack.
President-elect Joe Biden has named John Kerry as his “climate czar.”
After terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo, and a Kosher Market, in 2015, he was named secretary of state. pic.twitter.com/hpm4A3GMew
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 23, 2020
While the comments may seem absurd, they’re no more absurd than the entire policy and platform of the Biden administration when it comes to their elevation of climate change as a threat on par with say, Russia or China.
Just over eight months ago, during a speech to Air Force personnel in the United Kingdom, President Biden warned that global warming is the “greatest threat” facing America and that it is “not a joke.”
“When I went over to the tank in the Pentagon when I was first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were, the greatest physical threats,” he said.
“This is not a joke,” insisted Biden. “You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest physical threat facing America was? Global warming.”
BIDEN: “This is not a joke. What was the biggest threat to America as a result of global warming? Global warming.” pic.twitter.com/apH7RtQWft
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 9, 2021
Biden claimed that climate change was the most serious threat even while Russian hackers closed down major American pipelines.
It was a joke then, and it’s a joke now.
In comments prior to the BBC appearance, Kerry equally lamented that the Russian invasion would hamper Ukraine’s ability to combat climate change in yet another interview earlier this week.
“So if, in fact, President Putin decides to go into Ukraine, it’s going to have monumental impact on the ability and willingness of people to do what’s necessary” to curb emissions.