Kerry Rips Climate Change Deniers as 'Flat Earthers'

Says the science is undeniable, warming is 'most fearsome' WMD
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Kerry Rips Climate Change Deniers as 'Flat Earthers'
Secretary of State John Kerry pauses as he delivers a speech on climate change on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, Pool)

John Kerry delivered an urgent call to action on global warming today, calling it the "most fearsome" WMD we face, and sternly backhanding those who don't believe climate change is happening as "flat Earthers." "The science is unequivocal," Kerry said, "and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don't have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society." He didn't exactly tone it down from there, as the AP reports, telling his Indonesian audience that, "This city, this country, this region, is really on the front lines of climate change. It's not an exaggeration to say that your entire way of life here is at risk."

Kerry pivoted to hit "big companies" that won't spend money to go green, and "extreme ideologues" who "compete with scientific facts." Kerry's speech comes at the tail end of an Asian tour in which he wrangled an agreement with China to work together with the US to curtail greenhouse and vehicle emissions, as well as improve the energy efficiency of buildings. (More John Kerry stories.)

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