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Kerry: Address Climate Change Before It's Too Late

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During a visit to a wind turbine testing center in Massachusetts Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the country and the world need to confront the threats of climate change while there's still time.Kerry says climate change brings opportunity for new technology and potentially millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, but cautioned that the window to confront the challenge is narrowing.

He says doing nothing could bring disastrous climate changes and global conflict.

Kerry toured the Wind Technology Testing Center on Boston’s waterfront with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

The independent certifying center is the first facility in the country capable of testing large-scale wind turbine blades up to 90 meters in length.

Hammond echoed Kerry's comments, saying the fight against climate change is a battle for long-term security.

Massachusetts is also home to what could be the nation's first large scale offshore wind farm. The Cape Wind project is a planned 130-turbine facility off the coast of Cape Cod.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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