Calling global climate change a "life-threatening issue," Secretary of State nominee John Kerry said Thursday that the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
US State Senator John Kerry is a Massachusetts Democrat. The 69-year old said at his confirmation hearing that the United States should pursue policies to boost clean energy and energy efficiency.
In states such as Massachusetts and others, such as California, "the fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy," Kerry said. "It's a job creator." source
The top 10 countries with the greatest carbon dioxide emissions in 2011 are below. Figures are estimates from the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR), a joint project of the European Commission and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.
10. United Kingdom
7. South Korea
4. Russian Federation
2. United States
John Kerry went on to say that he would be a "passionate advocate" on the issue if confirmed as secretary of state, "not based on ideology but based on facts, based on science. He believes that the energy market is worth $6 trillion and is worth millions of American jobs. He wants to go after this market.
Failing to deal with climate change was more of a risk than addressing it head-on, Kerry said, citing damage caused by Sandy, drought and wildfires. Congress is expected to approve more than $50 billion in disaster relief for Sandy victims alone. Keep reading at the source: here.