Kerry: Americans Won’t Elect a President Who is Not Committed to Climate Accord

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday he does not believe that “the American people, who predominantly do believe in what is happening with climate change,” will elect a president who does not “understand climate change” or is not committed to the type of global agreement reached in Paris.

“I think, frankly, a lot of members of Congress are on the wrong side of history, and I don’t believe you can be elected president of the United States if you don’t understand climate change and you’re not committed to this kind of a plan,” Kerry told ABC’s “This Week” from Paris, where delegates at the weekend approved a new global climate accord.

Host George Stephanopoulos noted that Republican presidential candidates have “vowed to undo the president’s [climate-related] executive actions.”

“Well, I think it’s irrelevant,” Kerry said, in a comment barely audible on the video clip but reflected in the State Department transcript.

“So if President Obama’s successor is against it, will it unravel?” Stephanopoulos asked.