Secretary of State John Kerry said this week that hydrofluorocarbons – used in refrigerators and air conditioning systems throughout the world – posed at least as great a threat to humanity as the Islamic State. In Vienna to pursue an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, Kerry praised those working on climate change initiatives with an unusual comparison.
“As we were working together on the challenge of ISIS and terrorism, it’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we – you – are doing right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself,” said Kerry.
So here we have Obama’s secretary of state in his last few months in office, trying to make it seem like he’s accomplished something of equal significance to stopping ISIS. This is your classic “look over here” strategy, meant to distract the world from Obama’s failures.
Unfortunately, Kerry doesn’t realize that even committed Democrats cannot believe that air conditioners are as great a threat to humanity as the brutal terrorism of the Islamic State. No one who has ever watched one of their sickening videos could possibly embrace such a notion. And for the people who have lost loved ones to this group of barbarians, Kerry’s words were worse than ignorant; they were insulting.
Of course, that doesn’t address the millions of people in America and around the world who have lost relatives to the deadly dangers of HFCs. Why, who among us does not know someone personally who has lost a child due to HFC pollution? Who does not know the pain of losing friends and family members to the scourge of depleted ozone? Every other day, there is news of another radical refrigerator killing scores of young Westerners with no apparent motivation. Finally, we have a secretary of state willing to address the tough issues facing the country.
As fun as it might be to mock Kerry and Obama, it’s hard to laugh when you look at the carnage in Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris, and the other cities where ISIS soldiers have killed innocent civilians. It’s hard to laugh when you know that more attacks are coming. It’s hard to laugh when you have a president who does not consider national security a priority.
Maybe when Trump is elected, we can make fun of liberals without that uncomfortable feeling of doom lingering in the background. Until then, the laughs are…a little forced.