Kerry on climate: Lawmakers must choose ‘whether they are going to vote for America or against it’

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) raised the rhetorical stakes in the Senate climate and energy fight Thursday.

Kerry, downplaying the climate angle, said the broad package he’s crafting with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will meet several U.S. goals – and present colleagues with a stark choice.

“What we are talking about is a jobs bill. It is not a climate bill. It is a jobs bill, and it is a clean air bill. It is a national security, energy independence bill,” he told reporters in the Capitol. “It is going to have very attractive, significant components in it to strengthen each of those pieces.”

“And people are going to have to decide whether they are going to vote for America or against it,” he concluded.