Kyoto Redux: Clinton Vows to Use Cabinet Position to Push for Climate Treaty
Change we can all believe in? How about the same song and dance, but just a different day?
In opening remarks at her confirmation hearing on Jan. 13, President-elect Barack Obama’s Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations committee she would use the office to shape foreign policy that would fight climate change
“You Mr. Chairman [Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.] were among the very first in a growing chorus from both parties to recognize that climate change is an unambiguous security threat,”
“President-elect Obama has said
Many in the media have long pointed to the
“So the 100-year march trying to accelerate the decarbonization of energy systems has made another step along the road,” Revkin wrote. “The next big step will come in
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, also used the hearing to promote the issue of global warming activism. He called it a “national security threat.”
“Before turning to Sen. Lugar, let me just say one thing about global climate change,” Kerry said. “Many today do not see global climate change as a national security threat, but it is – profoundly so.”
“And the consequences of our inaction grow more serious by the day,” Kerry said. “In
Kerry also offered a peek into what his Senate chairmanship would have in store when it comes to dealing with this issue.
“This committee will be deeply involved in crafting a solution that the world can agree to and that the Senate can ratify,” Kerry continued. “And as we proceed the lesson of
In February 2008, Kerry blamed a series of thunderstorms that killed at 50 people throughout the Southeastern United States on global warming and warned there would be more to come if global warming weren’t addressed.