Kerry: Climate change supporters must match tea party intensity

Kerry is trying to craft a compromise climate and energy bill with Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Trump's Charlottesville rhetoric 'dividing Americans, not healing them' OPINION: Congress should censure Trump for his unfit conduct Supporting 'Dreamers' is our civic and moral duty 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.