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In a speech before the Atlantic Council on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry compared his commitment to confront climate change with the achievements of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, among others.

Excerpts from Kerry's comments, as reported by BizPac Review:

“My heroes are people who dared to take on great challenges without knowing for certain what the outcome would be. 

“Lincoln took risks, Gandhi took risks, Churchill took risks, Dr. King took risks, Mandela took risks..."

“Gambling with the future of Earth itself when we know full well what the outcome would be is beyond reckless. It is just plain immoral.”

“And it is a risk that no one should take. We need to face reality. There is no planet B.”

Kerry has said in the past that climate change is the greatest threat the world faces. Among his comments:

“Climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.’’

“Gambling with the future of Earth itself when we know full well what the outcome would be is beyond reckless.”

“Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis."

Incidentally, Kerry's claim in March that he organized the “very first” hearings on climate change earned four Pinocchios from the Washington Post.