When you have a fortune, on account of your marriages, not to mention your time in government, you can’t fly coach. And John Kerry has an important mission. A mission to spread awareness of the myth that the weather is changing catastrophically because too many people drive cars and fly jet planes.
And how better to do that than by flying on a private jet to accept a climate award.
Kerry received the award, which took the form of an iceberg sculpture, for being “a consistent voice pressuring the American authorities to commit to tackle environmental matters,” the outlet noted.
Icelandic reporter Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson confronted Kerry at the event over his choice of transportation, asking: “I understand that you came here with a private jet. Is that an environmental way to travel?”
Kerry responded by claiming that it was the only way. “If you offset your carbon — it’s the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle,” Kerry said.
“I negotiated the Paris Accords for the United States,” he added, referring to the multilateral climate agreement signed while he was secretary of state under President Obama.
“But, what I’m doing, almost full time,” he continued, “is working to win the battle on climate change, and in the end, if I offset and contribute my life to do this, I’m not going to be put on the defensive.”
And sometimes you have to destroy the environment to save the environment.
Was flying to Iceland to accept an environmental award really winning the war on anything, or was it stroking Kerry’s ego? Could Kerry have managed to take a First Class seat on a flight to Iceland?
Probably. But when you’ve got a private jet, why not use it?
The high point of the award may have been Kerry’s declaration of a world war against political opponents.
He revealed that he has brought together Arnold Schwarzenegger and a series of other politicians to declare “World War Zero” against climate deniers.
“We have to fight back, just like we did during WW2.”
Considering which side the Schwartzenegger family was on during WW2, that might not have been the best metaphor. Or was it?
But Kerry did accidentally say one true thing.
“If we want to know where the problem is, we have to look in the mirror.”
Kerry spends a lot of time looking in the mirror, but can’t see the problem.