Dan Evon at Snopes is just all bothered by the meme implying John Kerry said that refrigerators and air conditioners are AS dangerous as ISIS. He even states that the meme is “ridiculous”. That’s his word, not mine. But, he’s right. Here’s what Kerry actually did say, according to Evon:
Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of Daesh, ISIL, and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself. Week after week, month after month, year after year, we continue to see new evidence, scientific evidence, tangible evidence, of the danger that climate change poses to life on our planet. Last year was the hottest year in recorded history by far. Last month, the hottest month recorded. The month before that was the hottest month recorded. 2016 is on track to be hotter than last year. And the decade was the hottest decade in history, and the decade before that the second hottest in history, and the decade before that the third hottest in history.
That’s right, Dan. Kerry didn’t say hydrofluorocarbons used in refrigerators and air conditioners were of EQUAL threat, he said they would end life on the planet whereas ISIS isn’t really much of a threat to the world since it’s now losing.
Snopes used to be objective and non-partisan. People just trusted that Snopes was non-biased when quoting their rebuttals to rumors.
Now, not so much apparently. Dan Evon is embarrassingly wrong on this one and obviously doesn’t even care. I mostly cited his story when rebutting his story. Kerry, according to Evon’s own quotes, DOES mention ISIS, refrigerators, and air conditioners, and does say their use is MORE dangerous than ISIS. Snopes needs to fact check Snopes a lot better.
There’s not much we can do about Snopes’ biased “debunking”, but we can help John Kerry achieve his utopian dream of no more air conditioners: