Earth Matters: John Kerry on climate change, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 2020 hopefuls

www.cbsnews.com | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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As part of our Earth Matters series on this Earth Day, "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell spoke with former Secretary of State John Kerry on the "CBS This Morning" podcast.

As secretary of state under President Obama, Kerry was instrumental in the 2016 signing of the international Paris climate agreement. Last year, the Trump administration announced its intent to withdraw from the agreement.

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"It's ideological, and frankly, it's short-sighted and it's stupid and it's dangerous," Kerry said. "President Trump's decision to pull out of Paris will cost lives, lives of Americans. It will cost billions of dollars."

In 2017, damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma cost the United States $265 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Climate experts assert we can trace the origins of some recent extreme weather to climate change.

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"There are countless economic analyses that show it is cheaper to make the investments and do the things we need to do now to prevent the damage than it is to wait for the damage," Kerry said. "Everything compels us to move in this direction except we have a president who doesn't read, doesn't understand the science and has ideologically decided to side with the deniers who literally don't know what they're talking about."

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Green New Deal in February as a road map to convert the entire U.S. economy to renewable energy in 12 years and eliminate the carbon footprint by 2030. She's faced criticism from Republicans, who have branded the proposal as a costly fringe policy goal, and Democrats who claim the goals are too lofty for the proposed time frame.

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At a House Oversight Committee hearing on climate change and its impact on national security, Kerry said Ocasio-Cortez offered "more leadership in one day or in one week...
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