Kerry: Climate change supporters must match tea party intensity

Kerry is trying to craft a compromise climate and energy bill with Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Asked afterward if climate activists should take a page from the tea party playbook, Kerry said no, adding, “We have to take a page from the people who brought us the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water [Act], Marine Mammal Protection [Act]. We have done this before. We just have to get back to basics and make it happen again."

His speech cited the health benefits of curbing emissions and also said that shifting to low-carbon energy sources will improve national security.