Provenance: Kerry gave the speech on Sunday the 16th. I heard about it five days later from the email list of Peter Sinclair/Climate Denial Crock of the Week: 16th, 19th (early), & 19th (late). I got organized on the 22nd and here it is in the blog on the 23rd.
Remarks on Climate Change by John Kerry, Secretary of State, @america, Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday February 16 2014 - 45 minutes: video and transcript.
John Kerry's speech made me want to run into the street shouting 'Eureka!' Indeed, I recommended it (babbling fool!) to the clerk at the supermarket checkout and she scribbled a note for herself - maybe she watched it.
Sure, the venue, '@america', is a friendly supportive space. He was not addressing a hard audience (nor the Indonesian government nor the country in general as Andrew Revkin of the NYT mistakenly thinks). Sure, there have been other American Secretaries of State ... including the likes of our beloved & revered Henry Kissinger - who always told the truth.
That doesn't mean that Kerry is not telling the truth. He does appear to have some elementary scientific misconceptions - how thick the atmosphere is, how ocean acidification comes about - but let that pass, let that be rhetorical rough edges.
Obama's statements are always equivocal, mealy-mouthed, qualified; Kerry's are (in this case) forthright - straight talk - no teleprompter I could see, apparently unscripted & un-minced.
As of Saturday the 22nd at 9AM there were 4,897 hits on the YouTube video; by 9AM on the 24th there were 5,173 - you could hardly say it's 'gone viral'. Why not?
How can someone who has made such a speech possibly give the go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline?
He promises that this is the first in a series. In a few weeks I will report on this again.
He's an odd looking geezer, no spring chicken either - 70 years old last December. His physionomy could be a drawing by Mervyn Peake. But these photographs taken at the event show earnest sincerity - and a kind of terror, awe maybe (but I could be projecting).