“The greatest challenge” Mr. Kerry?
From CNN — “Saying that climate change ranks among the world’s most serious problems — such as disease outbreaks, poverty, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on all nations to respond to ‘the greatest challenge of our generation.’”
“Climate change,” is, of course, the new packaging for what, for years, has been called “global warming.”
The “greatest challenge of our generation” is climate change/global warming? Seriously? Maybe it would help if the Secretary didn’t make such an announcement when, just days ago, 49 of the 50 states had snow and the Northeast wasn’t digging out of a series of snow and ice storms. A few weeks ago, the temperature in Atlanta was 1 degree. 1 degree! The statement by Secretary Kerry is as absurd as it could possibly be.
Imagine that, in the aftermath of Dec. 7, 1941, President Roosevelt’s Secretary of State declared that, “The greatest challenge of this generation is the proliferation of outhouses in the southern states of America.” People would have thought that he had been locked away in a dark room somewhere and had missed the whole Nazi/Fascist/Pearl Harbor thing.
The United States and western democracies have been the target of world-wide Islamic terrorism for years — we finally woke up to it on Sept. 11, 2001. Even Russia is spending untold millions of dollars keeping radical crazies from creating an international tragedy at the Winter Olympics.
I wonder if President Putin shares Kerry’s thoughts that global warming is “the greatest challenge of our generation.” Terrorists all over the world must be laughing their collective backsides off.
In referring to scientists who disagree that man-made global warming is occurring, and there are plenty that hold to that position, Kerry labeled them all “shoddy scientists.” Kerry said he and Obama had no time for what he called the “Flat Earth Society.”
Yet, James Taylor, a senior fellow in environment policy for the Heartland Institute, wrote on www.forbes.com,“It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus.
Even if global terrorism is not “the greatest challenge of our generation,” surely there are other contenders that rank far above “global warming.” Even liberal Bob Beckel is outraged about the rampant persecution of Christians throughout the world.
A recent missions study reported 270 new Christian martyrs every day in the world over a 10-year period, reaching 1 million during 2000-2010, as compared to 34,000 Christian martyrs in 1900. If the trend has held, that would total nearly 1,500,000 Christians murdered from 2000 to the present date with no relief in sight. Does that qualify as a challenge, Mr. Kerry?
According to www.actionagainsthunger.org, 3,500,000 children die each year from hunger and malnutrition. How many died last year from “global warming?” Do the deaths of 3.5 million kids constitute a “challenge?”
There are 2,000,000 people each year who die from sexually transmitted diseases with 1,800,000 of these being children who got AIDS from their mothers. Is that a serious challenge?
Or how about this — a report from the Pacific Institute stated that, if no action is taken, 135,000,000 people around the world will die from impure or inadequate water by 2020.
None of the above even includes poverty, crime, the healthcare debacle, or the economy. No, the greatest challenge facing the current generation is, according to Mr. Kerry, climate change.
Speaking in Indonesia, Secretary Kerry said, “With Indonesia and the rest of the world pulling in the same direction, we can meet this challenge, the greatest challenge of our generation, and we can create the future that everybody dreams of,” he said.
In 2012, 2.3 million toilets in the United States, and about 9,400 in Canada, (no mention of outhouses) were recalled due to faulty pressure-assist flush mechanisms which put users at risk of the fixture exploding. I’m no scientist, but that sounds like more of a challenge than “global warming.”
[David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, GA (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese which consists of Georgia and Tennessee (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and the Associate Endorser for the Department of the Armed Forces, U. S. Military Chaplains, ICCEC. He may contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.]