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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:50 p.m.

Reports of President Obama's expected nomination of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of State are generating plenty of enthusiasm from the usual global-warming climate cluckers. International energy consultant David Goldwyn says Mr. Kerry “would not only put climate change in the top five issues he raises with every country, but he would probably rethink our entire diplomatic approach to the issue.” So, as Iran advances its nuke know-how and North Korea refines its missile technology, Mr. Kerry, as State's chief, would make hot air (besides his own) a U.S. priority. Swell. ... There's also some chatter in the blogosphere that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, fresh from the Benghazi Consulate meltdown, was merely “floated” — kind of a bait and switch — as a potential secretary of State contender to take the heat off an eventual Kerry nomination. Between the two, that's a distinction without any difference. ... And there will always be doomsayers predicting the world's end, now supposedly on Friday, according to a Mayan prophesy. In the U.S., the Chicken Littles (or global-warming acolytes, for that matter) simply shrug off their wrong assertions and go on to predict the next apocalypse. In China, those predicting Armageddon get locked up — about 500 of them recently, according to The Associated Press. Yet some enlightened minds truly believe that this is a culture worthy of U.S. emulation.

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