U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says global warming is the “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction in the world, calling climate change deniers “flat earthers.”
Kerry gave a speech to Indonesian students, government officials and civic leaders in Jakarta on Sunday calling for more global action to end climate change.
"We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts," Kerry told an audience gathered at a U.S. Embassy-run American Center. "Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits."
He took on skeptics and “big companies” for competing “with scientific facts” confirmed by 97 percent of scientists.
"The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand," Kerry said. "We don't have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”
"This city, this country, this region, is really on the front lines of climate change. It's not an exaggeration to say that your entire way of life here is at risk,” he added.
The speech comes at the close of an Asian tour. Kerry recently signed an agreement between the U.S. and China to cut down on carbon emissions and make buildings more energy efficients.