John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, told college students in Indonesia that climate change is "as big a problem as poverty and weapons of mass destruction".
"It is time for the world to approach this problem with the cooperation, the urgency, and the commitment that a challenge of this scale warrants," he said.
[That's what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said about Climate Change in 2007]
Truth be told, the earth, at various times in history has always been either 'colder than usual', or 'warmer than usual'.
At least that's the contention in this documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle', which suggest that the reason behind the debate - is merely about profit.
When Margaret Thatcher told a group of scientists in the '80s that 'there's money on the table' to study the effects of global warming, every scientist in the world jumped on board. Almost.
When politicians jumped on the band wagon, it seemed to give credence to the topic.
From Margaret Thatcher, to Al Gore, to John Kerry - and countless others who will listen - the notion that America's over consumption of energy, production of greenhouse gases, and the industrial revolution itself are causes of global warming and climate change might bare some reasoning. But to liken global warming to a nuclear war, well that's cause for derelict of duty.
At least according to Newt Gingrich who offered this solution to Kerry, please "resign".
"I think it's very troubling that our secretary of state … believes that climate change is a greater danger than a nuclear war", Gingrich said.
Gingrich went as far as to call Kerry "delusional" and tweeted the following:
"Every American who cares about national security must demand
Kerry's resignation. A delusional secretary of state is dangerous to our safety."
Consider, too, the recent book by New York Times writer Elizabeth Kolbert author of, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (not to be confused with Richard Leakey's book of like title) - and the op-ed piece by Al Gore written in the New York Times claiming that mankind will be responsible for the extinction of "the current spasm of plant and animal loss that threatens to eliminate 20 to 50 percent of all living species on earth within this century."
Writes Gore, "Climate change is not recognized as a weapon of mass destruction in this Kolbert book review, but could be recognized as a weapon of mass extinction; as the book's publisher writes, Kolbert "introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day."
Then again, maybe the world is just gearing up for the real end of time event.
Transcript: Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks on Climate Change
Kerry In Good Company? What UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said about Climate Change
100 Effects of Global Warming