EDITORIAL: Kerry’s global warming crusade

The Washington Times

Secretary of state forgets what his new job is about

john_kerry1The paint hadn’t dried on Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s new Foggy Bottom digs before he laid out his agenda for higher taxes and job-killing regulations that would put the United States at a disadvantage with the rest of the world. This was the pressing foreign-policy issue he chose to address in his first major speech as America’s chief diplomat.

He ignored strained relations with Israel, nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, and the general instability in the Middle East. We presume he has heard about all that, but you wouldn’t know it from the boilerplate posing as something original: “We as a nation must have the foresight and courage to make the investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust we keep for our children and grandchildren.”

Courage” is a Washington euphemism for rolling over and accepting higher taxes, bigger government and an all-powerful regulatory state — policies at the core of President Obama’s push for “climate change” legislation. Mr. Kerry insists climate change would have a “catastrophic” impact on future generations, leaving an environment “ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.” Chicken Little, step aside. John F. Kerry is here.

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