In a Rolling Stone interview with magazine founder and media bigwig Jann Wenner, John Kerry says that global warming would be his No. 1 environmental priority.  Asked whether he agrees with Al Gore that the time of the internal-combustion engine is ending, Kerry, ever the audacious fella, says, “I wouldn’t make that kind of a bold pronouncement.”

Much as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) does in Grist’s interview with her, Kerry endeavors to sell his environmental plan as a jobs plan.

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I want American workers working; I want American cars made in America; I want American cars to be able to be sold anywhere in the world. I want to lead the world in these technologies. So I want these companies part of the solution — not the problem. I think we can get there — I really believe that.

Kerry disputes that environmental issues have disappeared from the presidential campaign and says he talks about the environment and energy independence in every stump speech.

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In all, Wenner asks the candidate eight or nine questions on the environment. Kerry hasn’t been quoted as much on the environment since, well, Grist’s exclusive environment-only interview with him