- Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry host a luncheon for PM Modi, Sept. 2014; Creator: Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India; CC by-SA 2.0
The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability caught up with Biden’s climate czar John Kerry to ask a few obvious questions. His answers were more alarming than anything genuinely caused by forever-changing weather patterns. The committee Chairman, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), asked Kerry, “Are you planning to commit America to climate reparations? That is to say, we have to pay some other country because they had a flood or they had a hurricane or a typhoon or a wildfire.”
Kerry’s response to Rep. Mast’s question was a very curt, “No, under no circumstances.” But a close review of what Kerry publicly stated elsewhere suggests that there could be a “mental reservation” lurking here.
Well known to philosophers, biblical scholars, and legal experts, a mental reservation is an incomplete response due to a perceived greater good, by relying on a private interpretation of the question asked. To reduce this, the oath taken by Members of Congress includes the phrase “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”
In the case of Mast’s question, “We have to pay” was the premise, connoting a legal obligation that Kerry denied. But voluntary climate reparations are definitely being considered, and are on the agenda for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) scheduled to occur on Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 in the oil-rich kingdom of Dubai. Kerry’s testimony was little more than empty assurances to continue his world tour designed to make Joe Biden look good while doing little to actually change carbon emissions.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) showed that he is not intimidated by Deep State bullying of him in seizing his cell phone while on a family vacation when he interjected in Kerry’s testimony to explain why world leaders give lip service to the global warming agenda. “Because they’re grifting like you are, sir,” Perry told Kerry when he invoked foreign leaders who side with Democrats, while expecting reparations. Truer words have never been spoken, and more Members of Congress should be stepping up to bring attention to the taxpayer dollars wasted on John Kerry’s pointless crusade.