A highlight from John Kerry Says Climate Change Is An 'Existential' Crisis

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Today. In president biden's first one hundred days. He has put more of a focus on climate change than any of his predecessors his first office he signed an executive order to re enter the paris climate agreement his two trillion dollar infrastructure. Jobs plan has a big climate component. And at this week's virtual climate summit he pledged to cut emissions in half by the end of this decade by investing heavily in new technologies. No single technology is the answer on. Its own because every sector requires innovation to meet this moment. Another sign of this commitment biden created a new position the special presidential envoy for climate and appointed former secretary of state john kerry to the job who joins us now welcome secretary kerry so let's talk about the steps. It will take to get there because it's going to require a massive shift in technology we just heard biden say it will affect every sector. Most transportation will have to be electric the. Us will have to shift away from fossil fuels. Many of the technologies require. Don't even exist yet. So is this more a matter of shoot for the moon and if you miss at least you'll land among the stars no no. I think it's achievable. And i think that people have really started. This analyzed it and thought about it for a long period of time. Believe it is achievable already. The marketplace is moving towards electric. I mean you know. Joe biden didn't create the value of tesla as the most valuable automobile company in the world. The market did that and the market did it. Because that's where people are moving but right now only. Two percent of sales are electric. The scale of change that you're talking about in the timeframe that is required is something we've never seen in human history so i let me put it this way. How many politicians how many scientists how many people have stood up and said this is existential for us on this planet x that means life and death and the question is are we behaving as if it is and the answer is no so why are younger generation folks so angry why are they standing up and demonstrating and asking adults to accept adult responsibility to move our nations in the right direction because the scientists are telling them that you mentioned politician standing up and saying this existential climate change is still seen as a partisan issue in the us and republicans could take over congress next year. A republican could win the white house in three years. So why should global leaders view this as a reliable commitment from the united states when gop leaders have not bought in for two reasons number one when donald trump was president united states and he pulled out of the agreement thirty seven governors in united states. Republicans and democrats alike stood up and said we're still in and states. Those thirty seven states have passed renewable portfolio laws so at the state level people are moving because they know it's better for their state. It's a safer better delivery of power to their state and it's the way it's going to move but but in effect are you saying the federal government cannot be relied on for its word. That's that's the second part of the answer masses of capital trillions of dollars. So good and move into the energy market which is the largest market the world has ever seen and going to grow now multiple double digit trillions of dollars and market and no politician can come on and tell those banks are those asset managers of those investors. Those venture capitalists or the companies. The corporations that are doing this they know this is where the market's going to be in the future just to get specific with this steep climb and a short time frame if the two trillion dollar infrastructure and jobs plan that the president has put forth does not pass. The senate does this goal to cut emissions in half by twenty thirty effectively. Die with the bill. Well there's die but it certainly takes a blow serious one but the companies. I've talked about are going to move in this direction no matter what i mean. If you look at the biggest companies in america these folks are all pushing to get this done because they know the world is going to be better off that their businesses are going to be better off if we do that. This is a real challenge for all of us. I think people are waking up to an all around the world. Let me ask you a question. Why do you think forty heads of state including president. Xi of china president putin of russia prime minister motive india. Huge populations come together and say we have to do this. Do they know something that some of these opponents that don't know or or aren't willing to admit i mean the only leader in the entire world that saw fit to pull out of the paris agreement was donald trump but it's so easy to make commitments and we haven't seen countries follow through on those commitments. They haven't upheld the less ambitious. This is i know they're doing things are not doing enough. They're very few countries that are doing enough. Most countries are not and of the twenty countries that equal eighty one percent of all the emissions. They are the critical ones that have to do more. And we're among we are fifteen percent of all the world's emissions china's thirty percent does china need to do more absolutely all of the twenty thousand to do more secretary john kerry is president biden's envoy for climate. Thank you very much for your time

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