Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

On climate change, John Kerry compares Trump to OJ Simpson

On NBC's "Meet the Press", former Secretary of State John Kerry blasted the "phony economic argument" that Trump used to justify the pullout and mocked Trump's pledge to renegotiate the deal in the future.

Trump has publicly wavered about global warming, hinting that he believes in some climate change while never going back on his prior claims that it is a "hoax".

On Thursday, President Trump announced his long-awaited decision to fulfill a campaign pledge and pull out of the Paris climate agreement, which was aimed at curbing emissions that contribute to climate change.

'And if we can, that's great, ' he continued.

Kerry invoked his successor as secretary of state, who also opposed the USA pulling out of the accord.

Former vice president Al Gore, a champion of environmental causes who tried personally to persuade Trump to keep the United States in the agreement, echoed Kerry.

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"There has to be far more focus on the economic message", Kerry said, saying the USA is putting itself at a competitive disadvantage in green technology sectors.

By the same token, Kerry defended former president Barack Obama's use of his executive power to enter into the agreement, rather than seek its ratification by the US Senate.

"That's like O.J. Simpson saying he's going to go out and find the real killer". 'And we presumed that common sense, that basic economics, that science would ultimately prevail'. 'And I will say to you if you truly understand the science, if you have done your due diligence and homework, there is no way that you can not conclude that there's an urgency to doing something.

Todd, however, pointed to the political divide, noting how the Democrats' message on combating climate change hadn't penetrated red America and he wanted to know from Kerry, the Democratic nominee in 2004, why that is. And you would not pull out of Paris'. Kerry, who threw his full weight behind the agreement when it was adopted in 2015, bitterly criticized Trump's unilateral decision to pull out of it.

"It wouldn't have happened, that's very simple", he said. According to Kerry, more money was spent in 2016 on researching and implementing renewable energy than on fossil fuels, because of the Paris Agreement.

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