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.
On February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, becoming the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman to become Secretary in over a century.
Secretary Kerry joined the State Department after 28 years in the United States Senate, the last four as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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.