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Kerry Rips GOP Over Climate Deal: If You Don’t Accept the Science, You Won’t Be President

kerrySecretary of State John Kerry, fresh off touting a historic global climate deal in Paris, tore into Republican climate change deniers today and said anyone who denies the science will not be President of the United States.

On ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos brought up Republican opposition to the deal. Kerry said there is a consensus about climate change amongst the American people and local leaders, touting how the deal got done thanks to American leadership.

“What do members of Congress think when leaders of major countries around the world are actually stepping up to do these things? These guys aren’t making up the science or the plans to do it,” Kerry said. “And 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.”

And on the question of a Republican successor to Obama unraveling the deal, Kerry said that’s not going to happen:

“I don’t believe the American people, who predominantly do believe in what is happening… I don’t think they’re gonna accept as a genuine leader someone who doesn’t understand the science of climate change and isn’t willing to do something about it.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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