by Wynton Hall 17 Feb 2014, 5:03 AM PDT
Secretary of State John Kerry told Indonesians on Sunday that global warming is now "perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."
"Think about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't keep us safe if the United States secures its nuclear arsenal while other countries fail to prevent theirs from falling into the hands of terrorists," Kerry told students at a high-tech U.S.-funded cultural center at a Jakarta mall.
Kerry added, "The bottom line is this: it is the same thing with climate change. In a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the worlds most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."
Kerry explained to the Indonesian students that climate change represents an existential threat to their very survival.
"Because of climate change, it's no secret that today Indonesia is...one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth," Kerry said. "It's not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk."
Kerry went on to deride scientists and citizens who challenge global warming's scientific validity.
"We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts," said Kerry. "The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don't have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society."
Kerry's Indonesia speech was just one portion of his three-nation jet-setting tour of Asia.