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Global Warming High on Senate Foreign Relations Agenda


Sen. John Kerry at the State House in Boston, Nov. 4, 2008. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Associated Press)

By Juliet Eilperin
Climate change policy will get a boost next year from the fact that some of the most senior members of the Obama administration have focused on the issue during their careers, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) told reporters today.

Kerry, who will chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next Congress, said he expected Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Sen. Hillary Clinton -- who is expected to be named secretary of state -- will both use their new roles to promote a global pact curbing greenhouse gases.

"Both will be exceedingly helpful and important in this effort," Kerry said during the telephone news conference.

Kerry will lead the Senate delegation headed to Poznan, Poland, next month in order to participate in U.N. climate talks that will lay the groundwork for a final international agreement on greenhouse gases in December 2009. He noted that because the Senate must ratify any climate treaty arising from the 2009 negotiations, "We intend to be a full partner with the administration in defining the parameters of a global agreement."

Global warming, he said, is "going to be front and center" on the Foreign Relations Committee's agenda.

"It's going to be one of the top priorities of the committee," Kerry said. "I know this playing field and I know this issue."

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 25, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
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Sorry, but Senator Kerry and others are just paying lip service to cutting our emissions:

"In 1997 John Prescott, who was then the deputy prime minister and in charge of transport policy, declared: "I will have failed if in five years' time there are not…far fewer journeys by car." Five years later, traffic had risen by 7%." --"A rod for our backs," The Economist, 20 Nov 2008

"Japan, like the European Union, hasn't let its failure so far to meet Kyoto emissions-reductions targets stop it from setting even more ambitious goals, like a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050. But how to do that? If getting within shouting distance of Kyoto's targets could cost Japan $500 billion, how much would it cost to cut emissions twelve-fold more?" --Keith Johnson, WSJ, 19 March 2008

"I know of no realistic person who thinks carbon dioxide emissions are going to do anything but grow. Most European countries are not meeting their emissions goals, and of the ones that have, it's because their economies are collapsing. In the United States, this notion that we're going to reduce our emissions by 80 percent is pure fantasy." --Pete Geddes, Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, 2 April 2008

Frankly, I wonder if the Senators realize they are spouting nonsense when they say 'global warming is going to be front and center on the Foreign Relations Committee's agenda.' It is so tragic; frankly I doubt the Senators realize how serious the problem really is:

"Few seem to realise that the present IPCC models predict almost unanimously that by 2040 the average summer in Europe will be as hot as the summer of 2003 when over 30,000 died from heat. By then we may cool ourselves with air conditioning and learn to live in a climate no worse than that of Baghdad now. But without extensive irrigation the plants will die and both farming and natural ecosystems will be replaced by scrub and desert. What will there be to eat? The same dire changes will affect the rest of the world and I can envisage Americans migrating into Canada and the Chinese into Siberia but there may be little food for any of them." --Dr James Lovelock's lecture to the Royal Society, 29 Oct. '07

Posted by: dobermantmacleod | November 26, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Ohhh, Why the Long Face Senator Kerry?

"HeeHawww, HeHawww, HeeeeHawways asks me that!" ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

A quick way to cut back on global warming would be to tell the politicians in Washington to quit talking.

The less they speak the less hot air is released into the atmosphere!

John Kerry should be the first to go quiet.

Posted by: mwhoke | November 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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