An online petition at Change.org calling for the removal of all air conditioning from U.S. State Department property has gathered over 11,000 signatures since being posted on Sunday.
The petition is a response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent comments, in which he suggested that air conditioning was as great a threat to the world as ISIS due to its contribution to climate change.
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 is less than 4,000 signatures short of its 15,000 signature target, after which it will be delivered to President Barack Obama.