February 18th, 2014
12:51 PM ET
6 months ago

Newt Gingrich to John Kerry: Resign

Updated 6:44 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is amplifying his call for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over his comments that climate change represents the biggest challenge “of our generation.”

"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 Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

The CNN Crossfire co-host and former House speaker took to Twitter on Monday night, writing that "Every American who cares about national security must.demand Kerrey's (sic) resignation.A delusional secretary of state is dangerous to our safety."

Gingrich said he was “quite prepared to defend the argument that nuclear war is a far bigger threat to our society than is climate change.”

On Sunday, Kerry delivered one of the strongest speeches on climate change by any American official while visiting Indonesia, which has lost more than 40% of its tropical forests that store carbon absorbed from the atmosphere.

Kerry said "climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." He also called it "the greatest challenge of our generation."

Gingrich added in his CNN interview that Kerry was not a senator just giving “some wild speech to please the left,” noting that the top U.S. diplomat should be held to a "higher level of seriousness."

CNN has reached out to the State Department for reaction to Gingrich's comments.


Filed under: climate change • John Kerry • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Mark

    China is giving the west coast more pollution than in the US

    Before killing even more jobs under Obama, should we address that?

    February 18, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Crashman

    Yeah, Kerry should take advice from someone who lost one of the most prestigious jobs in America due to ethics violations. Will Newt be giving marriage advice next?

    February 18, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Just a Guy

    Newt and all the other climate change deniers are the ones who are delusional. At some point, it will be too late to stop climate change and the Earth will become on overheated oven and our goose will be cooked. What will Newt say then. He and is fellow deniers do not care about the future, they only care about lining their pockets now and we will all pay the price.

    February 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. yogi

    Gingrich "thinks" he knows it all. He needs to look in the mirror and repeat the word "delusional". The expert historian has been on the wrong side of his "expertise" most of his life. He is trying so hard to stay relevant but whatever comes out of his mouth does not help to make his case. Denying climate change can only happen if you never look at all the evidence and refuse to educate yourself on the subject, what a sad bunch the republicans.

    February 18, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. David

    If you saw or read John Kerry's remarks you would think he was delusional. You can disagree with the "Newt" all you want but Kerry still said some foolish things. Global warming a weapon of mass destruction? Tell me you think we are as guilty of Syria or Iraq or Iran in wanting to use weapons of mass destruction.

    February 18, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Duh

    The GOP doesn't have much left to argue on... Climate Change is one of their last stands. They are only united on this because they want to prove the Democrats wrong on something, as they keep losing their arguments

    February 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. David

    The collective "We," however narrowly or broadly you define "We," are nothing without a sound environment. Industry, jobs, wealth cannot exist or grow forever in a framework that stepwise results in destruction of the planet. Kerry is absolutely right that climate change is the most fearsome WMD. By failing to act to reduce carbon emissions in the last fifty years, we have pretty much guaranteed the second succeeding generation a failed planet. Gingrich and his ilk want it all now at the expense of their grand- and great-grandchildren.

    Berg's first law states "The only thing that matters to the greater good of the world is the preservation and protection of its natural systems, the habitats they encompass, and the wildlife that inhabit them." Go Kerry! And please, go, Mr. Gingrich.

    February 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. chet

    It all comes down to politics and which side you are on, the cyclic changes in weather have only just begun. The sun has ten times more influence on the earth than man kind, cripes termites and cows emit more harmful gas then man.
    The more we think we are in charge the less we really understand the whole picture. The people who pass off Newt as stupid need to get out of the political line they are in and really understand he is a very smart man who speaks his mind openly and direct.
    When the earth melts its caps where the cold water goes is in the ocean and that directly influences our weather – the oceans are the stabilizer and we'll cool off and then warm up again and again. Stop running around like chicken little – the sky isn't falling.

    February 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Jodo

    Climate change is a natural event. Anybody see the glacier in St. Louis? Anybody see the lush green tropics in the Sahara?

    Which men burning what fossil fuel caused the glaciers to recede?

    February 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Mike

    Maybe Kerry can go live on the Gingrich Moon Colony . . .

    February 18, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Scott

    Funny how everyone uses partisan goggles when reading. Where does it say that Gingrich disagrees with the idea of global warming? He's simply saying that, as Secretary of State, your primary focus should not be on climate change. Are all of you really disagreeing with that?

    February 18, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. A

    Delusional is saying that you are in favor of family values and the sanctity of marriage when you've had three wives and most of them DO NOT speak highly about you! Newt Gingrich has no platform to stand on where he doesn't come across as a completely delusional hypocrite. Newt should do the world a favor and go AWAY!!!

    February 18, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Old Guy

    Right. Kerry is going to listen to Gingrich and quit. Why is Gingrich still relevant?

    The problem with CNN, MSNBC and Fox is they pay so much for washed up pundits who think they are doing all the critical thinking for the citizens of the US. Save your money, report real news for a change.

    February 18, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Dave W

    Newt needs to crawl back under his rock. He's an irrelevant, negative old man.......period!

    February 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. CO Rider

    Isn't this like porky pig asking bugs bunny to resign from looney tunes?

    February 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    sly wrote:

    Republicans in general do not believe in Science, with over 40% believing that earth was created 6000 years ago, and that all dinosauer bones are a fake – part of a conspiracy.
    ------------------
    I have heard it explained in several variations on a theme. They believe dinosaurs once walked the Earth side by side with Man, but dispute the reported age of the creatures. The dinosaurs were all wiped out to extinction during the Great Flood, which explains why the bones are always found buried deeply in the Earth. The exact details mary vary on why dinosaurs were not included in the Ark, but they're always wiped out by the Great Flood.

    February 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. George Holman, Sr.

    Why is Newt's commentary or opinion relevant and who cares what he thinks? CNN could do much better.

    February 18, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Hogan's Goat

    How about if the worthless Newt resigns? How much is CNN paying this useless lump? He's got nothing to say.

    February 18, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Bob

    Newt must not have received enough attention when he was a child.

    February 18, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    This really shouldn't be about Newt. The name calling just thwarts arguments and makes the comments and feedback look petty. To me the larger question is this: was Sec. Kerry correct in saying that (1) climate change is the #1 threat we face and (2) those who oppose are deniers, out of touch, etc.

    Of course our climate is changing – as it's done for billions, and I mean billions, of years. So we know from history that the planet has been much much hotter and much much colder. What is the correct state or balance – I don't think we know. In fact I know we don't know. Is pollution bad – of course it is. But we know that there have been higher concentrations of CO2 in the air before and there have been lower. There has been more ice and there has been less. So really, no one knows for sure. Myself, I lost respect for this movement when people like Gore and Soros profit from it.

    February 18, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. sly

    Perhaps Newt is eyeing a run at the Presidency?

    He would make a good ticket with either Palin or Trump or Limbaugh.

    Likely the best that party has to offer.

    February 18, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. MD

    Regarding:
    "If Climate change deniers are correct, we lose a small number of jobs; if they are wrong, we lose the planet as we know it and unleash who knows what world-wide chaos. Looks like the potential loss from denial far outweighs the potential gain."

    Humans can never "lose the planet." The planet has survived long before humans existed, and will continue long after humans are extinct. Climate change may be happening, but humans may OR MAY NOT be causing it if it's happening. And if it's happening, humans will adapt, will become extinct, or somewhere in between. But we most certainly won't "lose the planet."

    Does anyone remember the broad consensus of scientific thought beck in the 1970's? Word then was that we are long overdue for an Ice Age, and the planet was cooling. How can 35 years of further data change the picture so drastically? Or, perhaps a better question: why are humans so arrogant to think that the puny data sets and analytical tools conclusively indicate that the climate is changing? In 35 years memories have been lost, I guess.

    The scientific community is so capable of group think.

    February 18, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Cathy B.

    Kerry needs to go and take his Boss with him. The world thinks that the US is a joke and that could cause us a lot of problems.

    February 18, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. 3vilmonkey

    Ugh.. people like Newt really make me question the legitimacy of our entire species, much less the sewer-dwelling politics in this country, much less what sort of raving insanity it takes to vote GOP these days. Somebody... please pinch me!

    February 18, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. tv22

    Even if you don't like Newt, his comment makes sense. While we've lost the entire Middle East to radical Islam, Russia spits in our face every change they get and even our "friends" aren't happy with us, the last thing we need to be doing is dictating energy policy which of course affects economic output. If he thinks this is our biggest problem, perhaps Kerry should be energy secretary.

    February 18, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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