John Kerry Explains: Weak Climate Deal Better Than No Deal

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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COPENHAGEN--As climate negotiators hash out the eleventh-hour details of an operational accord, one question looms over the discussions: Is a weak deal better than no deal at all?

I put that question and others to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in a sit-down interview yesterday. The chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee admitted that all bets are off on a getting climate bill out of the U.S. Senate if we can't reach some kind of agreement in Copenhagen. "No deal at all would kill an effort in the Senate," said Kerry.

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