In a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, US Special Envoy for Climate — a made-up title for a made-up job — John Kerry admitted to a problem he hoped to keep concealed from the public when he told the committee that slaves were being used to provide the millions of solar panels he is preparing to import to fight global warming.
Specifically, it turns out that a large number of the solar panels John Kerry wants to import are being manufactured by slaves in China.
The slaves are the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking people from interior Asia that live for the most part in northwestern China, in the Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang.
During the hearing, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asked Kerry about providing assurances that Biden’s climate strategy wouldn’t involve solar panels produced from forced labor. “When you look at the supply chain, when you look at China, they dominate the critical mineral supply and solar supply chains all coming out of Xinjiang Province,” McCaul said.
In classic Kerry fashion, he told McCaul he was “absolutely correct” in his concerns, and called it “a problem.”
“Xinjiang Province not only produces some of the solar panels that we believe are being in some cases produced in forced labor by Uighur[s], but also there are significant amounts of a certain rare earth mineral that’s used in the solar panels themselves.”
Kerry never committed to preventing the import of slave-manufactured panels, but he covered his tracks by indicating that the Biden administration might be moving in that direction by imposing sanctions against Xinjiang Province.
Yeah, that will end the slavery and death. Just ask the Iranians.
“It is my understanding that the Biden administration is right now in the process of assessing whether or not that would be the target of sanctions.
“I’ve heard some discussion about it. I’m not privy to where that decision is at this point in time but I can tell you that nothing can be traded. And I’ve made that very clear, President Biden has made it very clear.”
I’m surprised Kerry didn’t defend using slaves to build his solar panels as proof that the “Green New Deal” is a job creator — even if those jobs are performed at gunpoint. What’s a little murder, rape, and torture if it creates jobs and makes for a greener planet? Besides, if properly disposed of, the bodies of these slaves can be turned into compost, chalking up a win-win for Mother Earth.
It should come as no surprise to see Joe Biden, John Kerry, and the far-left fanatics peddling global warming ignore the tragic reality of using slaves to build solar panels. During the Obama administration, then-Secretary of State John Kerry and his ex-boss routinely ignored the murder and torture of innocent people around the world at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists in order to address the more serious problem of global warming.
During his presidency, Obama stated numerous times on the record that global warming was a greater threat to the world than radical Islamic terrorism. And John Kerry once stated that air conditioners and refrigerators were as big a threat as ISIS.
By the way, “woke” corporations in America that have made social justice and ending “systemic racism” official company policy are also cashing in on China’s slave labor enterprise (via The Daily Caller).
A number of companies and brands have been linked to labor forced on Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government, according to multiple reports.
Apple supplier Lens Technology uses Uighur workers in its factories, according to documents obtained by the Tech Transparency Project. These workers were transferred from labor camps in the Xinjiang region of western China, WaPo reported.
Apple, which has said that it is committed to donating to organizations that “challenge racial injustice and mass incarceration,” is not the only company to come under scrutiny for its links to slave labor. In a spring 2020 report titled “Uyghurs For Sale,” the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that at least 83 popular, household-name brands are “potentially directly or indirectly benefiting from the use of Uyghur workers outside Xinjiang through abusive labour transfer programs as recently as 2019.”
The report listed popular clothing companies Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Gap, Calvin Klein, H&M, L.L.Bean, Lacoste, Nike, The North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, and Victoria’s Secret, as well as General Motors, Goertek, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and more. Many of these companies prolifically spoke out against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd [last] May.
Ironically, China is producing more CO2 than every other country on Earth combined — another inconvenient truth Kerry admitted to during the committee hearing:
“Climate is existential for everybody on the planet. We have to deal with it, and because China is nearly 30% of all the emissions on the planet, China’s got to be part of the solution.”
In celebration of Vladimir Lenin’s birthday (aka Earth Day) last month, Kerry proudly announced that progress was made in China after he succeeded in getting Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders to finally, at long last, use the word “crisis” to describe so-called climate change.
In a Washington Post Live interview with columnist Jonathan Capehart, Kerry noted that in his recent visit to Shanghai for climate negotiations, CCP leaders had signed onto a joint statement in which “China used the word crisis for the first time. … China came around and said it is urgent.”
“They didn’t just talk about plateauing or peaking, they have now agreed there must be actions between 2020 and 2030,” he added.
Apparently, none of those actions will be the emancipation of the Uighur slaves, but if they keep pumping out his solar panels to fight the “crisis” of global warming, John Kerry is OK with it.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.