FIRST AIRED: November 16, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program

World

Kerry calms fears at climate conference

Opening sequence

Opening sequence

World

Kerry calms fears at climate conference

0:00
18:14
More Info

COMING UP:Kerry calms fears at climate conference

×

Transcript

00:00:01
>> US Secretary of State John Kerry was looking forward to a victory lap at this week's Climate Change Conference in Morocco. But with Donald Trump set to take office, and America's participation in the landmark Paris Climate Accord hanging in the balance, Kerry finds he's doing more consoling than celebrating.
00:00:21
Reuters correspondent, Gigani Torabati, is in Marrakech.>> This was supposed to be a bit of a celebration. So what was supposed to be kind of a very upbeat occasion, where of course they were going to commit to more work, and getting really the details ironed out. That work is still being done, but it's also taken a bit of a more worried and anxious tone here.
00:00:46
The election of Donald Trump as US president has sort of cast a pall over the entire proceedings.>> Trump has called climate change a hoax and said he would rip up the Paris deal, halt any US taxpayer funds for UN global warming program and revive the US coal sector.
00:01:05
But Secretary of State Kerry, who saw first hand the effects of climate change at a trip to Antarctica last week, did his best to try and calm fears.>> Obviously an election took place in my country. And I know it has left some, here and elsewhere, feeling uncertain about the future.
00:01:24
I obviously understand that uncertainty. And while I can't stand here and speculate about what policies our president elect will pursue, I will tell you this. In the time that I have spent in the public life, one of the things I have learned is that some issues look a little bit different when you're actually in office compared to when you're on the campaign trail.
00:01:47
>> For now, the United States is proceeding as if it's business as usual. Presenting a plan for a quote deep decarbonization of the US economy that foresees an 80% cut in emissions in the coming decades.>> Little insight for you, we are not yet in touch with the transition team.