Flashback 2009: John Kerry’s epic fail on an ice-free Arctic by 2015

kerryWhen John Kerry was still a powerful Democrat from Massachusetts, he stood on the Senate floor on June 25, 2009, and said that in five years, the Arctic would be completely ice free (see video at end). Except that prediction, like so many others made by climate alarmists, failed on every level. Kerry also berated fellow senator James Inhofe (R) on his global warming beliefs, who has gone on the record saying that these very same predictions about catastrophic global warming effects are nothing more than fearmongering.

In 2009, Kerry told the Senate, “You have sea ice which is melting at a rate that the Arctic Ocean now increasingly is exposed. In five years, scientists predict we will have the first ice free Arctic summer.” Kerry’s divinations on an ice-free Arctic were so off the mark that you have to wonder why, in his position as Secretary of State, he keeps predicting that climate change disasters are just around the corner.

Even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is hedging its bets by telling the press that the Arctic will be ice free in 2040, long after those same fortune-telling scientists have retired and moved to the balmy North Pole to sip margaritas in the shade of a palm tree. Climate scientist Chip Knappenberger told The Daily Caller that an ice-free Arctic “should not be overly worrisome, as there is ample evidence that it has occurred in the past and clearly, polar bears, and everything else up there managed to survive.”

And John Kerry’s boss, President Obama, doesn’t seem overly worried about the Arctic as he gave Shell Oil the “go ahead” to drill in the Arctic, which prompted some environmentalists to label him a ‘climate change denier’ on Twitter and in a New York Times’ op-ed piece. Maybe Kerry knows something we don’t know about all the oil that’s buried under all that sea ice. After all, “public records indicate that Secretary Kerry personally owned an estimated three to six million dollars in stocks of more than 50 oil and gas-related companies.”

Ron Arnold of The Daily Caller first reported on May 13 that “Records from 2004 show that he’s been constantly and deeply invested in fossil fuels for at least a decade, and is still injecting millions in working capital into the very industries he condemns. What is the public to think of a cabinet-level prophet of climate doom who says one thing and does such another?” Indeed, while Kerry is vilifying climate change skeptics in public, privately he’s investing in the very fossil fuels he blames for the trivial amount of warming over the last 60 years.