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John Kerry: Ocasio-Cortez offered 'more leadership in one day' than Trump on climate

John Kerry: Ocasio-Cortez offered 'more leadership in one day' than Trump on climate

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryUN: Emission reduction plans 'fall far short' Climate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Recapturing the spirit of Bretton Woods MORE defended freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge Clinton: Allegations against Cuomo 'raise serious questions,' deserve probe Ocasio-Cortez: wage only 'socialist' to those in 'dystopian capitalist nightmare' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday for offering "more leadership in one day or one week than President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE has in his lifetime" on climate change.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting where Kerry testified was meant to address the intersection of climate change and national security, but several Republicans on the committee used their opening remarks to critique Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal plan to tackle climate change. 

Kerry also criticized Republicans for a failure to offer up a proposal of their own.

"There are a lot of proposals, but none of them are coming from your party or your side of the aisle," Kerry told Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who had pushed Kerry to explain how the nation would pay for the Green New Deal. 

Kerry came under a fair amount of criticism himself, with Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCan members of Congress carry firearms on the Capitol complex? Republicans rally to keep Cheney in power House Republicans gear up for conference meeting amid party civil war MORE (R-Ky.) calling Kerry a “pseudo scientist” in reference to his political science degree.

“Mr. Chairman, this is just not a serious conversation," Kerry said in response to the exchange.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, saying she was "honored and humbled" by Kerry's remark.

--Updated 12:41 p.m.