Madeleine Albright: ‘I Listen to Right-Wing Radio When I Drive’

May 3, 2013 - 11:22 AM

Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Friday said she listens to “right-wing radio” when she drives in response to a question about climate change and warned, “If people think we’ve been arguing about fossil fuels, wait ‘til we really start arguing over water.”

“I hate to tell you guys this, but I actually listen to right-wing radio as I drive, which is a good idea to stay away from me,” she said during the question and answer portion of her keynote speech at the Truman National Security Project’s annual conference.

A conference attendee asked Albright, “You briefly mentioned climate change, and I was wondering if you could just give a few thoughts about what role addressing climate change will play in the president’s second term and what level of responsibility Secretary Kerry has in those discussions.”

“I believe that it is one of the truly important issues that has to be taken up for any number of issues. One, I was just listening to— I hate to tell you guys this, but I actually listen to right-wing radio as I drive, which is a good idea to stay away from me,” she said in response.

“But there was a ridiculous discussion today about you know, it’s cold, so we don’t have—I think a mistake was to call it global warming. It isn’t global warming. It’s climate change … but it’s a left-wing problem,” she said.

The former secretary of State said “all one has to do is look at various things in extremes that are going on.” She pointed to the snow that has fallen in Colorado during the last week of April and beginning of May as “positive proof that something is going on.”

“The other I think is the effect that climate change has on a number of aspects that have to do with stability,” Albright said.

She said she has been involved in discussions about water and food security.

“If people think we’ve been arguing about fossil fuels, wait ‘til we really start arguing over water,” Albright said, noting that while driving past the World Bank Friday morning, she saw a sign about poverty.

“A lot of it has to do with climate change,” she said, “and so if people … think it’s only about polar bears or something, that’s not what it’s about. What it is about is human security in all its various aspects.”

“What is interesting I think that many people don’t know about Secretary Kerry. He has been very interested in climate change all along as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and has been pushing and arguing for a long time, so I do think that there will be more,” Albright said.

As CNSNews.com reported, in his first public address as Secretary of State, John Kerry told students and faculty at the University of Virginia to “be ready to join” him and President Obama in curbing the potential threat of climate change.

In March, Kerry warned that the “fragile ecosystem” is threatened by climate change. He also gave high priority to “anthropogenic” global warming and his contention that the science is settled in a visit to Beijing in April.