U.S. Senator John Kerry offers an overview of the role climate change has played in the US legislative process.
While Kerry criticizes the sluggish pace of climate change legislation, he is also optimistic about the revolutionary laws and policies the US has enacted in the past ten months. For Kerry, these changes are only the stepping stones toward a larger, more comprehensive overhaul of global policies to cut emissions, boost reforestation, and invest in alternative energies.
John Kerry is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to incumbent President George W. Bush. Senator Kerry is a decorated Vietnam veteran, and was a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War when he returned home from service. Before entering the Senate, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.
Senator John Kerry explains the political reasons behind the sluggish pace of US climate change legislation. To speed up efforts, Kerry calls for a united front between developed and developing nations.
"We need to unleash a technology, innovation, entrepreneurial revolution where we begin to create the means of all of us exceeding our expectations," he says.
We can get off most fossil fuels within 20-30 years if we put a concerted effort into solar, wind, fuel cells, electric cars, algae biofuels, and new nuclear technologies.
We also need a new national smart power grid to move electricity.
We can use a carbon tax on fossil fuels to pay for it, and it'll provide millions of JOBS that can't be exported.
Europe & China are ALREADY doing this and America will lose out in future green energy technologies, if we don't.
We owe it to our grandchildren.