Kerry: 'What's the Worst that Could Happen' with Our Climate Agenda?; Inhofe: We'll Lose Millions of Jobs

By Craig Bannister | October 10, 2014 | 1:43pm EDT

Even if climate alarmists are wrong, only good can come of enacting their taxes, restrictions and regulations, Sec. of State John Kerry said in a speech at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Thursday:

"I'd just say to all of you here that people need to feel the pressure from you. You all know what politics is about. I'm not in it now, but I'm dependent on it to help make the right decisions so that we move in the right direction. A clean energy future is not a fantasy. Changing course and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change is not a fantasy. And supporting healthier communities and ecosystems and driving economic growth and job creation - none of that is a fantasy.

"And for those people who still stand in the way, for those people who even still today want to try to question whether or not their science is effective or not, I'd just ask you - ask a simple question: If we're wrong about this future, what's the worst that could happen to us for making these choices?

The worst that could happen to us is we create a whole lot of new jobs, we kick our economies into gear, we have healthier people, healthier children because we have cleaner air, we live up to our environmental responsibility, we become truly energy independent, and our security is stronger and greater and sustainable as a result. That's the worst that happens to us."

Not so, says Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who tells MRCTV that Kerry's climate agenda will actually cause millions of Americans to lose their jobs while driving up energy costs and crippling the U.S. economy:

"What Secretary Kerry didn't tell his audience at the wind technology center yesterday, is that we are already on the path to being forced to suffer the consequences of the Obama Administration's man-made climate agenda.

"The Obama Administration's environmental policies will completely stall our economy, reduce electricity reliability while increasing costs, and eliminate millions of American jobs."

Inhofe says Kerry should turn his attention to actual, dire threats facing the U.S. and world:

"The United States has abundant natural resources that can pave the way to U.S. energy independence and a strong U.S. economy, but President Obama would rather appease his liberal environmental base than allow American businesses and workers to realize this enormous potential.

"Secretary Kerry should be focusing his efforts on dire problems like the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, the threat of a nuclear armed Iran, and the increasing aggression from Russia, but unfortunately his environmental efforts come as no surprise shortly before the November midterm elections that have been such a target for environmental billionaires like Tom Steyer."

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