Wait, global warming is what?

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) opened Sen. John Kerry’s Secretary of State confirmation hearing Thursday, praising Kerry’s leadership “on the most consequential issue of our time – climate change.”

For the record, Kerry did not mention climate change in his opening statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

However, he did issue a call to put America’s economy on a solid footing:

“The first priority of business which will affect my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries create order, is whether America at last puts its own fiscal house in order,” Kerry said.

“My plea is that we can summon across party lines, without partisan diversions, an economic patriotism which recognizes that American strength and prospects abroad, depend on American strength and results at home.”