Kerry: Obama’s cli­mate change targets won’t be re­versed

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry made a stir­ring ap­peal Wed­nes­day to all coun­tries — in­clud­ing his own — to press ahead with the fight against cli­mate change, say­ing a fail­ure to do so would be a “be­trayal of dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences.”

With­out men­tion­ing Don­ald Trump by name, Kerry’s speech at the U.N. cli­mate talks in Mar­rakech was partly aimed at the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent-elect who has called global warm­ing a “hoax” and has pledged to “can­cel” the Paris deal lim­it­ing green­house gas emis­sions.

“No one has the right to make de­ci­sions that affect bil­lions of peo­ple based solely on ide­ol­ogy or with­out proper in­put,” Kerry said.

With 2016 on track to be the hottest year on record, Kerry said the ef­fects of global warm­ing are now ev­i­dent across the world with record­break­ing droughts, rising sea lev­els, un­usual storms and mil­lions of peo­ple dis­placed by weather events.

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