Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that he does not believe that Americans people will elect a president who does not “understand climate change” or is not committed to the type of global agreement reached in Paris.
“A lot of members of Congress are on the wrong side of history, and I don’t believe you can be elected president of the United States if you don’t understand climate change and you’re not committed to this kind of a plan,” Kerry told ABC’s This Week.
Kerry’s remarks come after nearly 200 countries approved a climate deal in Paris committed to putting a stranglehold on global warming,
Host George Stephanopoulos asked whether the next president can unravel Obama’s climate-related executive actions and legacy of fighting climate change, as all of the Republican presidential candidates have vowed to do.
“Well, obviously, if a Republican were elected and they have the ability by executive order to undo things, the answer is yes,” Kerry replied. “But that’s why I don’t believe the American people, who predominantly do believe in what is happening with climate change – I don’t think they’re going to accept as a genuine leader someone who doesn’t understand the science of climate change and isn’t willing to do something about it.”
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