Kerry in Indonesia to talk climate change

Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane after arriving at Halim Air Field on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane after arriving at Halim Air Field on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia to discuss climate change and press authorities in Jakarta and throughout Asia to step up efforts to combat it.

Kerry is to deliver a speech on the matter here on Sunday, a day after winning an agreement with China to cooperate more closely in reducing the effects of climate change. U.S. officials are hoping that other nations, particularly those in the developing world, will follow suit.

In his speech, Kerry will make the case that climate change is real and is "pushing the planet toward a tipping point of no return, threatening not just the environment, but the global economy and our way of life," a senior State Department official said. Kerry will also highlight ways in which Asian countries are particularly affected, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to preview the speech publicly.

Kerry arrived in Indonesia on Saturday, shortly after the U.S. and China issued a joint statement saying they had agreed on steps to carry out commitments to curb greenhouse gases that trap solar heat in the atmosphere. The steps include reducing vehicle emissions, improving energy efficiency of buildings and other measures.

China and the United States are the biggest sources of emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause the atmosphere to trap solar heat and alter the climate. Scientists warn such changes are already leading to drought, wildfires, rising sea levels, melting polar ice, animal extinctions and other extreme conditions.

The two governments will "contribute significantly to successful 2015 global efforts to meet this challenge," the statement said.

It cited the "overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change and its worsening impacts, and the related issue of air pollution from burning fossil fuels," and said the two countries recognize the urgent need for action.

Beijing and Washington launched the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group last year. They promised progress in five areas — reducing vehicle emissions, advanced electric power grids, capturing and storing carbon emissions, gathering greenhouse gas data and building efficiency.

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CopWatch writes:

John Kerry's service in Vietnam lasted 4 months and 12 days, beginning in November 1968 when he reported to Cam Ranh Bay for a month of training. His abbreviated combat tour ended shortly after he requested a transfer out of Vietnam on March 17, 1969, citing Navy instruction 1300.39 permitting personnel with three Purple Hearts to request reassignment. So far as we are able to determine, Kerry was the only Swift sailor ever to leave Vietnam without completing the standard one-year tour of duty, other than those who were seriously wounded or killed.

It is clear that at least one of Kerry's Purple Heart awards was the result of his own negligence, not enemy fire, and that Kerry went to unusual lengths to obtain the award after being turned down by his own commanding officer.

John Kerry has long insisted that using the three-injury loophole to leave combat early was his own idea, but Kerry's fellow Swift officer Thomas Wright, who served on occasion as the OIC (Officer in Charge) of Kerry's boat group, contradicts that claim. Wright reports that he "had a lot of trouble getting Kerry to follow orders," and that those who worked with Kerry found him "oriented towards his personal, rather than unit goals and objectives." He therefore requested that Kerry be removed from his boat group. After John Kerry qualified for his third Purple Heart, Thomas Wright and two fellow officers informed him of the obscure regulation, and told him to go home. Wright concluded, "We knew how the system worked and we didn’t want him in Coastal Division 11."

Konfuzius writes:

"In his speech, Kerry will make the case that climate change is real and is "pushing the planet toward a tipping point of no return, threatening not just the environment, but the global economy and our way of life," a senior State Department official said."

Secretary of States Kerry is on the way of a very important mission even for the American people. And this two right wing NAZI supporters have nothing else to do than rant on him and plagiarize unknown scientist of Canada. Terrible. Another example of this guys how serious they take issues of global dimensions.

26yearsonmarco writes:

If you think this guy is bad, just wait for Hillary, also from the same drug laced generation.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/opinio...

MrBreeze writes:

Maybee his new 7 million dollar yacht is a highbrid or solar powered to reduce his "carbon footprint" Least the Kennedys had sailboats.

I like the way we are compared to China in pollution output. Here in the US. we have pollution controls on just about everthing and in China they are melting metals in the backyard and dumping the waste in the waters. The farmland is polluted and the water? But still we will take the blame as we seem to do all the time.

CopWatch writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

Maybee his new 7 million dollar yacht is a highbrid or solar powered to reduce his "carbon footprint" Least the Kennedys had sailboats.

I like the way we are compared to China in pollution output. Here in the US. we have pollution controls on just about everthing and in China they are melting metals in the backyard and dumping the waste in the waters. The farmland is polluted and the water? But still we will take the blame as we seem to do all the time.

John Kerry’s perfect, unreliable record!

Secretary of State John Kerry keeps telling us to trust him on negotiations. But why should we? He’s gotten virtually every important issue wrong since taking office, and made some shockingly bad misjudgments.

WMissow writes:

Two great Americans......Splinter in the butt Kerry and our own troll.

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