Saying that there are going to be droughts and food shortages at some point in the future, just as there have been countless times in the past, is not in question. We very well may have to deal with food and water shortages at some point. But that’s not all Kerry was saying.
Anytime Kerry or any other alarmist mentions the climate and all the horrible things that are going to happen, he’s talking about manmade global warming. He ties the food and water shortages, the droughts, the famines, etc. to human activity so that he can have someone to blame, namely conservatives. Breitbart reported:
Wednesday in Washington at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. ambassadors that one day soon they will be “coping” with “climate refugees” “if not now, in the not-too-distant future.”
Speaking about the State Department’s major priorities Kerry listed climate change, saying, “I know a lot of people were sort of surprised, but President Obama and I could not agree more that this [climate change] is a threat to the planet itself. It is a national security threat, it is a health threat, it’s an environmental threat, it’s an economic threat. We’re spending billions upon billions—$110 billion last year—on the damages that occurred because of the increased level of major weather events around the world; droughts that are 500-year droughts, not 100-year droughts; places that have less and less water; food that is less produced where it used to be. There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point—if not now, in the not-too-distant future. And the science? Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening, and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a responsibility to respond to it.”
Yeah, there’s that “97%” figure they quote all the time. We’ve known since John Cook’s report claiming a “97% consensus” was published that that figure was a complete lie. Breitbart shed some light on that:
…Cook’s paper, titled Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, only claims that 97 percent of the scientific literature that takes a position on climate change (most does not) supports man-made global warming hypotheses. Yet supporters have used it to claim that 97 percent of scientists support global warming theories; they do not.
That aside, [University of Sussex Professor Richard] Tol highlights problems specific to Cook’s paper, such as the fact that, although Cook and his team sampled over 12,000 papers to reach their conclusion, they “did not check whether their sample is representative for the scientific literature. It isn’t. Their conclusions are about the papers they happened to look at, rather than about the literature. Attempts to replicate their sample failed: A number of papers that should have been analysed were not, for no apparent reason.”
That wasn’t the only sampling issue – further analysis has found that their sample was “padded with irrelevant papers,” such as an article on TV coverage of climate change which has been used as evidence to support climate change. “In fact, about three-quarters of the papers counted as endorsements had nothing to say about the subject matter,” Tol says.
No wonder a recent Gallup poll found that “climate change” was at the bottom of a list of environmental priorities:
Gallup found that the ranking of the various environmental issues it has polled about have remained fairly stable with drinking water, pollution of lakes and rivers, and air quality topping the list while global warming ranks at the bottom.
But despite taking a jump in 2014, concerns over these issues have been falling since the year 2000. With this new survey, that decline has resumed. In fact, this year’s results find worries at near record lows.