nonfiction books. Kerry said he hopes the book will encourage individuals to minimize their “carbon footprint,” whether it’s through the use of energy-efficient lightbulbs, driving less or other measures. The appearance contrasted with his October visit to Pasadena City College, where he made a blooper about education and the troops in Iraq at a campaign stop for then-gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. “If you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well,” Kerry said at the rally. “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” The joke reportedly was supposed to be, “You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.” PASADENA – With his new book in tow, former presidential candidate John Kerry was in town Monday, making his first public appearance here since his infamous “botched joke” about getting “stuck in Iraq.” The Massachusetts senator stopped by Vroman’s Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “This Moment In Time: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. “It represents our hearts and our guts,” he told a crowd of about 100 people. “This book is a celebration of what a lot of Americans are doing on their own, some of whom are fighting their own government to get things done.” The book has reached No. 28 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover Commentators have pointed to his unfortunate remarks as helping undo his bid for the presidency. The senator steered clear of political issues this time around. Prior to his arrival, audience members were instructed to only ask questions about the book, not about politics. During his talk, Kerry spoke of the world being at a “tipping point” not only with regard to global warming, but with other issues such as overburdened fisheries, contamination of oceans and rivers, and toxins in commercial products. He criticized the Toxic Substances Control Act as not going far enough to protect consumers, requiring them, rather than manufacturers, to provide proof of harm. He also said the U.S. government is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The solution, he said, comes in part from the actions of individuals, innovation, corporate incentives and commitment from political representatives. “Is this so big that you just have to hunker down at home and eat ice cream and watch TV?,” he said. “No. We can all reduce the carbon footprint … and we need to seize the opportunity.” His book drew inevitable associations with former Vice President Al Gore and his Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth.” Kerry said his work on the book began before that movie came about, and he pointed to the fact that he attended the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. It was also a cornerstone in his campaign for president in 2004. Teresa Heinz Kerry was scheduled to appear, but was not feeling well, Kerry said. Kerry announced in late January he would not be running for president in 2008. He will run for re-election to his Senate seat from Massachusetts next year, and said that he has not decided who to support for presidential election. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!