Sen. Kerry Will Travel to Copenhagen Global Warming Summit by Commercial Airliner
“The senator expects to travel commercially as he has to past climate conferences,” the aide said, adding that the details of Kerry’s travel arrangement were contingent upon the Senate’s schedule.
Published reports have indicated that many public officials have been arriving at Copenhagen in private jets, meaning they are emitting more carbon into the atmosphere than they would if they traveled on commercial airliners. Carbon emissions produced by human activity, global warming theorists believe, cause global temperatures to rise.
Kerry will join a large U.S. contingent at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, including President Barack Obama and several members of his cabinet: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
At least 15,000 delegates, 5,000 journalists, and 98 world leaders are expected to attend the conference, which started Dec. 7 and ends on Dec. 18. The Telegraph reported that more than 1,200 limousines and 140 private planes are being utilized by the attendees.
Kerry believes that global warming is man-made and he is an advocate of the United States participating in a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He backs the idea of paying billions of dollars to help “developing” countries avoid the polluting path allegedly followed by the United States and other “developed” nations.
Last week, Kerry, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the International Climate Change Investment Act of 2009, which he said shows the United States is “serious” about being a part of any global warming pact that comes out of the Copenhagen conference, including laying a foundation for a financial commitment to the cause.
“As we approach the Copenhagen negotiations, this legislation demonstrates that the U.S. Senate is serious about supporting a global agreement to address climate change,” Kerry said of the bill. “While America must lead this effort, we know it can’t be done alone – that’s why we are taking a strategic approach to addressing this issue. This legislation makes important investments in adaptation, clean energy deployment, and reducing deforestation – all critical elements of a global deal." On his johnkerry.com Web site, the Massachusetts senator announced he is re-launching the truthfightsback.com page to focus on “climate change,” and is already soliciting money to combat the “lies” of “right-wing front groups.”
“The pattern is always the same,” the announcement for the re-launching on johnkerry.com says. “Right-wing front groups spend weeks or months peddling a distortion, putting millions of dollars behind ads, pushing out chain emails, misleading millions into believing lies. And then they push it into the center of the debate.”
“The health care fight has been marked by outrageous distortions -- from so-called ‘death panels’ to lies about the public option. And the battle to stop climate change and build a clean energy future is shaping up the same way,” the announcement says. “We need to fight back before the debate gets to that point; we need to spend as much time building support for the truth as they do building support for lies.”
“That's why I'll be launching TruthFightsBack.com to fight back against the lies from Big Oil and other forces of the status quo,” the announcement says right before a link that can be clicked to make a donation. “And I need your help. They are already putting millions of dollars behind the distortions; we need to do all we can to give the truth a fighting chance.”
At least two Republicans are traveling to Copenhagen to fight what they say is global warming alarmism and the dangers of signing any kind of legally binding agreement that could harm the U.S. economy.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), ranking Republican on the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, said he is going to attend the Copenhagen conference to tell world leaders that no new laws will be passed in the United States until the “scientific fascism” about global warming stops, no matter what Obama and members of his administration pledge.
“I call it ‘scientific fascism,’” Sensenbrenner said during a press conference last week “The U.N. should throw a red flag” on scientists who do not allow dissent in their ranks.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) also is attending the Copenhagen conference to let world leaders know that there is another view on global warming in the U.S. Congress.
The law in the United States requires that any international treaty signed by U.S. officials must be ratified by two thirds of the Senate.