Outrageous comments: Kerry unfairly targets coal and oil

February 23, 2014

Has U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lost his mind? One might certainly think so after his outrageous comments about coal and oil last weekend to students and civic leaders in Indonesia.

To put things into proper perspective, it is important to realize that the brave men and women of the United States military have been fighting for years — and certainly since the deadly terror attacks of 2001 — to keep horrific weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists. And make no mistake, if a terrorist could successfully sneak a nuclear weapon into America, he or she would detonate that weapon of mass destruction with the intent of killing as many innocent Americans as humanly possible.

Such a terrorist attack involving a dirty bomb or full-fledged nuclear weapon remains the greatest threat to our nation’s continued security and future. Or at least most experts would agree with that statement. But not Secretary of State Kerry. Instead, he suggested last weekend to a group of Indonesian students, civic leaders and government officials that climate change brought on by coal and oil could be the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction.

Really? Coal and oil are deadlier than a nuclear bomb?

“We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation,” Kerry told the Indonesian students, referring to what he called “big companies” that “don’t want to change and spend a lot of money” to act to reduce the risks. He later singled out oil and coal concerns as the primary offenders.

The solution, according to Kerry, is a new global energy policy that shifts reliance from fossil fuels to cleaner technologies. In another words, a continuation of the extreme job-killing environmental policies of President Barack Obama.

To compare coal and oil to a weapon of mass destruction is a shameful comment. The detonation of a nuclear bomb in a populated city could kill millions while also causing catastrophic damage to our environment and the world we currently know. Coal and oil, by comparison, provide an affordable solution to our nation’s growing energy needs.

We applaud those brave men and women in the U.S. military who are fighting on the front lines of the war on terror. These soldiers are not fighting climate change. They are fighting to keep real weapons of mass destruction out of the hands on terrorists.

Kerry’s comments are insulting to our brave men and women in uniform, as well as to those coal miners who have labored deep underground for decades to help keep the lights on in America.

His comments also illustrate just how low the current administration in Washington is willing to go when it comes to trying to kill thousands of good-paying jobs provided by the coal and oil industries.

If the administration wants to have a meaningful discussion and global engagement into the science formerly known as global warming, there are certainly much better ways to do so than to engage in such shameful scare tactics. And if nothing else, Kerry should apologize to our brave men and women in uniform who are fighting to keep terrorists from obtaining and using a real weapon of mass destruction.

— Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, W.Va.)

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