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Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that air conditioners and refrigerators pose as big of a threat as terrorist groups like ISIS because of their effect on the environment.

"Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism," Kerry said during climate change talks in Vienna. "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."

Now, a petition at Change.org is asking Kerry to put his money where his mouth is, calling for the removal of air conditioning for all State Department property.

The petition reads:

WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example,

THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.

The petition has received more than 30,000 signatures. Once it receives 35,000, it is officially sent to the White House for review.

Let us know what you think in the comments.


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