He said now the climate debate is in a “strange and dangerous place” that the former president would not recognize.
Kerry didn’t call out President Obama’s GOP rival by name, but Mitt Romney has appeared to waver in his belief in human-induced global warming (his campaign says he believes in the human role but doesn’t know its extent). The presumptive GOP nominee supports stripping EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gases, and opposes cap-and-trade proposals.
“The media hardly murmurs when a candidate for President of the United States in 2012 can walk away from previously held positions and blithely announce that the evidence is not yet there about the impact of greenhouse gases on climate,” Kerry said.
His speech says there’s a strong economic case for tackling climate change and boosting green energy and argued that what’s needed is a “transformative moment in our politics.”
“Our challenge is fundamentally political. It’s not about budgets. It’s not about regulations. It’s about leaders in the country who are unwilling to deal with the truth about climate change, and who have cowed the silent majority into submission with their contrived and concerted attacks without facts,” Kerry said.
“Future generations are counting on us,” he said.