Rep. Thomas Massie Slams John Kerry’s Climate Pseudo-Science: We Are All Hitler Now?
April 10, 2019 (EIRNS)—Former Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Oversight Committee yesterday to deliver an hysterical diatribe against anyone—President Donald Trump was his key target—who would dare to question the idea of man-made climate change, and the noxious presence of CO2 in the atmosphere.
While the other witness, former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, offered far more moderate testimony, Kerry went off the rails. Why, he pontificated, during World War II, “America would never have tolerated leadership that denied Hitler’s aggression. During the Cold War, no one in public life would have been taken seriously if they didn’t offer a policy to counter the Soviets.” Following this logic, those who would even question the existence of man-made climate change, or that CO2 levels are the highest in the history of the planet, must therefore be Hitler-lovers or pinkos.
Kerry didn’t stop there, but went on to attack President Trump’s proposed climate science panel as a “kangaroo court,” claiming it is just a scheme to
“pretend there are two sides to an issue already long-since settled ... facts are facts. But here we are in 2019, where too many in positions of responsibility still call climate change a hoax and advocate policies that will only make the reality of climate change even worse.”
Everyone agrees, he went on, especially the military and intelligence communities, that climate change is a grave national security threat. And returning to the red-baiting, stressed: “Mr. Chairman, the only people cheering the President’s apparent attempt to erase climate change from U.S. national security considerations, live in Beijing and Moscow.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who is thoroughly informed on matters of real science—both his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and graduate degree in mathematical engineering are from MIT—was having none of this. As Kerry blathered on about allegedly unprecedented CO2 levels, the worst “in 800,000 years,” Massie demonstrated that CO2 levels today are actually far lower than the average that has existed since mammals lived on Earth. To Massie’s scientific counter, Kerry’s limp reply was, “Yeah, but we weren’t walking the planet then.” Kerry ultimately gave up name-calling, to whine, “Well, this is not a serious conversation.” No, returned Massie to much applause, “your testimony is not serious. When you can’t answer the question, that’s the best answer you got.”
Massie also noted that Kerry had graduated from Yale with a degree in science, but, as Kerry corrected him that his Yale degree was in political science, or in “liberal arts.” “I think it’s somewhat appropriate,” Massie said, “that somebody with a pseudo-science degree is here pushing pseudo-science in front of our committee today.”