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    MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell questioned White House climate czar Gina McCarthy on Friday about how the Biden administration can reach its goal of reducing 50 percent of emissions by 2030. The segment on Andrea Mitchell Reports comes a day after the Supreme Court limited the EPA’s authority when it comes to power plants. “You can certainly cannot meet the 50 percent goal by 2030 with this kind of restriction. You would have to go power plant by power plant, would you have to get approval,” said Mitchell. “Don’t you need broader congressional authority? How do you get that in this 50-50 Senate?” McCarthy responded the administration isn’t “ready to give up on that, the goals the president has set, because we are making more progress on them than we ever expected.” She elaborated: “Look in 2021, more solar wind and battery technology out there than we have had before. One thing that we are seeing now more than ever is that the private sector is taking the signal here. They are investing heavily in getting this job done, knowing that...
    by Harold Hutchison   President Joe Biden’s top adviser on environmental issues called on technology companies to censor debates on environmental issues and energy policy during a Thursday event. “The tech companies have to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread disinformation,” White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, a former EPA Administrator, said during a virtual event, according to Axios. “We need the tech companies to really jump in.” McCarthy complained about opposition to certain environmental policies, blaming fossil fuel companies for delaying action to address climate change over the years during the event. WATCH: @alexi + @TreedinDC host a conversation on battling misinformation, featuring @ginamccarthy46 and @NIMHD director Eliseo Pérez-Stable. https://t.co/vIksuuEtlH — Axios (@axios) June 9, 2022 Last year, Google announced that videos with content that “contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change” would be demonetized. Facebook and Twitter also took steps to fight supposed “misinformation” on environmental issues. “Now it has moved from denial, but the dark money is still there,” McCarthy said during the Axios event. “The fossil fuel companies are still basically trying...
    More On: john kerry Kerry says green economy will be bigger than the Industrial Revolution Nations begin 3 weeks of grueling climate talks online John Kerry says Xinjiang solar panel production presents ‘problem’ for US climate strategy John Kerry denies telling Iranian foreign minister about Israeli operations in Syria John Kerry was pictured at Boston’s Logan National Airport this week defying the mask mandate in place at the facility — the second incident of the Biden climate czar flouting Covid rules while traveling. Photographs obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show the special presidential envoy for climate approaching a security checkpoint with face fully exposed and no mask in sight. This is not the first time the former Democratic nominee for president was seen ditching mask rules. Back in March, photos emerged of Kerry maskless on a flight. At that time he denied breaking the mandate, saying in a tweet, “Let’s be clear: If I dropped my mask to one ear on a flight, it was momentary, I’ll wear my mask because it saves lives and stops the...
    As President Biden's climate czar John Kerry reportedly flies around the world meeting with foreign government entities, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., told "Fox News Primetime" her caucus is curious to what work the former secretary of state is actually doing in his new White House role.  "My question is what is John Kerry doing? [And] is he doing it on the taxpayer dollars?" she asked. "John Kerry has been flying around the world, having conversations in backchannels with the Chinese Communist Party, having conversations with the Iranians, sharing classified information that puts Israel in very difficult position." She noted that Biden tapped Kerry to be his climate envoy for national security during the presidential transition which didn't need confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  "He has a position that has a seat on the National Security Council. This was not a Senate confirmed position so there is no oversight that was done when he was appointed to this—so Republicans want to know what is he actually doing? Is it funded by the taxpayers?" Stefanik noted. "Because the American...
    The State Department released U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s financial disclosure documents, only after Fox News pressed the agency multiple times to comply with the requests, according to a report. The State Department, where Kerry currently works, delayed the release of his financial disclosure forms for weeks before releasing reports to the public, according to Fox News. According to a previous report, Kerry had disclosed millions of dollars in income from finance and energy firms along with his recently liquidated huge stock portfolio in his latest financial filing, including a $5 million salary from Bank of America. According to Fox News, the news organization first requested Kerry’s financial disclosures on April 9, which they noted are “typically fulfilled in a day or two.” The report added the typical one or two-day return was not complied with, and to this day it is still unclear why. There were a total of five requests made to obtain the documents before they were finally released, the report showed. An agency spokesperson directed the news organization to contact the same email address where the requests were initially...
    John Kerry sold off hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of shares in oil and gas firms after he was made Joe Biden's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate - and weeks after warning that mankind has just nine years to save the planet. Kerry revealed in official disclosures that he has received millions of dollars from salary, consulting fees and from liquidating stock that he held since President Biden took office. Documents that cover most of 2020 which run up to January 2021 reveal how Kerry, 77, also held hundreds of thousands of dollars of investments in energy-related companies that could well be affected by policies that he will help develop as Joe Biden's new climate envoy.    But he was warned by the State Department's ethics office that the investments were a 'significant risk of a conflict of interest' - and agreed to sell them.  Kerry held between $204,000 and $960,000 stock in around three dozen firms connected to the energy sector, including electric, oil and gas, and nuclear energy.  He has also previously held high-ranking positions within firms and entities...
    When an Iranian minister is astonished at a disclosure by a former secretary of state about a close U.S. ally, you know something is seriously wrong – and, if the allegations are confirmed, this U.S. official should never hold a government position again.    It is being widely reported that in 2018 John Kerry, then the former secretary of state, told Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about over 200 covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria. This allegation comes from a leaked tape recording of comments Zarif made to an Iranian journalist last month obtained by the New York Times and Iran International. Fox News has not independently confirmed this recording.   If this report is true, it means Kerry was not just revealing sensitive classified information to an American enemy, he was giving this enemy sensitive covert action intelligence about one of America’s closest allies. And even worse, Kerry may have done this in private meetings with Zarif to undermine President Trump’s Iran policy.  JASON BEARDSLEY: PENTAGON'S 'EXTREMISM' BLUNDER – THIS MOVE COULD MAKE US MILITARY EVEN MORE POLITICAL Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, got it exactly right...
    A private jet belonging to the family of President Biden's climate czar John Kerry has flown more than 2,200 miles from Massachusetts to Idaho.  The gas-guzzling aircraft completed the four-and-a-half hour journey on Thursday, according to flight activity information published on FlightAware.  Kerry was not on board the jet, however, as he is currently in Asia on a climate tour.  The former Democratic senator was appointed as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate by Joe Biden back in January.   The appointment came despite criticism that Kerry frequently uses his family's private plane - a Gulfstream IV twin-jet.  Private jets are known to emit up to 40 times as much carbon per passenger as a regular commercial flight.  It's unclear which members of Kerry's family were on board the jet, which took off from Boston Logan Airport Thursday morning and later landed at Friedman Memorial in Sun Valley, Idaho.  Kerry is married to canned soup heiress Theresa Heinz, who owns a lavish property in nearby Ketchum, Idaho. She has a reported net worth of $750 million Flights show the jet...
    Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said in 2009 that the Arctic would have its first ice-free summer by 2014. Kerry, who at the time was serving as the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, criticized Republican Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe on the Senate floor for making comments that he said were “wrong on the facts” or wrong in terms of political judgment. “I wish he were really up to state of the art with respect to the science on global climate change,” Kerry said. “You have sea ice which is melting at a rate that the Arctic Ocean now increasingly is exposed.” (RELATED: Climate Experts Say Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Filled With ‘Wasteful Spending’ On Green Agenda) WATCH: “In five years, scientists predict we will have the first ice-free Arctic summer, that exposes more ocean to sunlight,” he added. “Ocean is dark, it consumes more of the heat from the sunlight, which then accelerates the rate of the melting and warming rather than the ice sheet and the snow that used to reflect it back up into the atmosphere.” It...
    DONALD Trump Jr has dubbed John Kerry a “Liberal hypocrite” after he was reportedly spotted on an American Airlines plane wearing no mask.  The ex-president's 43-year-old son asked if Kerry would now be fined for flouting Biden’s January 21 executive order mandating face coverings during interstate travel. 7U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, was seen without a mask on an American Airlines flight to Washington D.C After Biden made the executive American Airlines requires all passengers wear masks on board. But Kerry, who is the President’s private jet-using climate envoy, appears to have forgotten the rules. The Tennessee Star reported how a fellow passenger photographed him wearing no mask while flying from Boston to Washington. Responding to the alleged mask flouting, Trump Jr tweeted.  He wrote: "SPOTTED: Liberal hypocrite & Biden Admin official @JohnKerry flouting @JoeBiden's Federal mask mandate. "NOTE: His mask is off & he isn’t eating or drinking.  "Will he be fined for breaking the law & banned from flying @AmericanAir like regular citizens would be?" 7Donald Trump's son was quick to tweet about the image...
    President Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, sparked outrage Wednesday when he was reportedly spotted going maskless on an American Airlines flight to Washington D.C. The Tennessee Star, a conservative news website, published a photo of a bare-faced Kerry apparently flying first-class from Boston to D.C. on Wednesday. The airline requires all passengers wear masks on board, in accordance with directives from the CDC and TSA and Biden’s Jan. 21 executive order mandating face coverings during interstate travel. “Consistent with U.S. government directives, individuals who refuse to wear a mask may be denied boarding, removed from the aircraft or subject to penalties under federal law, in addition to being barred from future travel with American,” the airline said in a statement last month. While travelers are generally allowed to remove masks to eat or drink, it doesn’t appear that the former Secretary of State, now the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, had any food or beverages near him in the photo. A flight from Boston to D.C. is roughly an hour and a half long. Several people on...
    U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was spotted on a flight not wearing his mask in violation of President Biden’s airline mask mandate. Kerry was not eating or drinking while his mask was off, one of the few instances passengers are allowed to lower their masks on flights, according to the Tennessee Star, which obtained a photograph of Kerry on the flight. Kerry was photographed reading a book in his first-class seat with his mask hanging from one ear on American Airlines flight AA2129 from Boston to Washington, D.C., just before takeoff. @TheTNStar Exclusive: Biden’s @ClimateEnvoy John Kerry, took off his mask as he settled into a book in his first-class seat just before takeoff today on an @AmericanAir flight Boston to DC. He was not eating, nor drinking. He was simply flaunting Biden’s mandatory mask policy. pic.twitter.com/t1wDq9OtxD— ReporterMcCabe (@NeilWMcCabe2) March 17, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order that went into effect last month that requires passengers to “wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly winter storm that caused widespread power outages in Texas and other states is a “wake-up call” for the United States to build energy systems and other infrastructure that are more reliable and resilient in the face of extreme-weather events linked to climate change, President Joe Biden's national climate adviser says. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gina McCarthy said Friday that the storm that devastated Texas and other states “is not going to be as unusual as people had hoped. It is going to happen, and we need to be as resilient and working together as much as possible. We need systems of energy that are reliable and resilient as well.'' McCarthy said the scientific evidence is clear that more frequent and more dangerous storms are likely, “and if we really care about keeping our people working and keeping our kids healthy and giving them a future we’re proud of, then we’re not going to ignore these wake-up calls. We’re going to take action.'' McCarthy's comments came as Biden...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly winter storm that caused widespread power outages in Texas and other states is a “wake-up call” for the United States to build energy systems and other infrastructure that are more reliable and resilient in the face of extreme-weather events linked to climate change, President Joe Biden’s national climate adviser said Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gina McCarthy said the storm that devastated Texas and other states “is not going to be as unusual as people had hoped. It is going to happen, and we need to be as resilient and working together as much as possible. We need systems of energy that are reliable and resilient as well.” McCarthy said the scientific evidence is clear that more frequent and more dangerous storms are likely, “and if we really care about keeping our people working and keeping our kids healthy and giving them a future we’re proud of, then we’re not going to ignore these wake-up calls. We’re going to take action.” McCarthy’s comments came as Biden and his wife Jill were in...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is making climate change a top priority for the Treasury Department and reportedly plans to create a new senior position at the department to coordinate its climate efforts. Yellen is looking to Sarah Bloom Raskin — wife of Democratic Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin — as a leading candidate for the new climate czar role, The Wall Street Journal first reported Friday. Raskin served as Deputy Treasury Secretary under former President Barack Obama and also worked alongside Yellen at the Federal Reserve. Sarah Bloom Raskin and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) listen to a group of residents sing at their home (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Both women have stated in remarks that climate change poses a risk to the financial system and that federal regulators must do more to protect the economy against climate risks, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Treasury Department’s new focus on climate issues is part of the Biden administration’s effort to make addressing climate change a priority for the federal government. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on his first day...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to create a senior post at the Treasury Department that will be charged with monitoring alleged risks to the financial system from climate change, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The newspaper reports that the leading candidate for the new role is Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former deputy Treasury secretary during the Obama administration who also worked at the Federal Reserve Board when it was chaired by Janet Yellen. The Wall Street Journal reports that Yellen and others fear that more severe weather events could endanger assets collateralizing bank loans. One danger cited by conservatives is that the position could be used to pressure banks out of providing financing to companies disliked by environmental activists, including fossil fuel companies. Raskin is married to Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md), one of the House impeachment managers in the trial for former President Donald Trump.
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a virtual roundtable with Black chambers of commerce from across the country to discuss the importance of passing the American Rescue Plan at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2021.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is looking to appoint someone to monitor the risks that climate change pose to the financial system, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday. Yellen reportedly is eyeing Sarah Bloom Raskin, former deputy Treasury secretary during Barack Obama's presidency, to tackle the role. As part of a new climate "hub" at Treasury, Raskin would further the Biden administration's efforts across departments to look at how climate issues are impacting the economy, the Journal reported.The Treasury Department did not immediately return CNBC's request for comment. During her Senate confirmation hearing, Yellen stressed the need to address the risks climate change pose. However, efforts from the administration and other bodies to expand their mandate into climate change have received pushback from congressional Republicans, who worry about...
    President Joe Biden's climate czar John Kerry took a private jet to a climate conference in Iceland in 2019 and told a reporter it was 'the only choice for somebody like me.'  Fox News Channel reported the back-and-forth Wednesday between Kerry and Icelandic journalist Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson, which had previously gone unreported in the American media.  'If you offset your carbon - it's the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle,' Kerry told Kolbeinsson, who had asked the former secretary of State if that was an 'environmental way to travel.'  President Joe Biden's climate czar John Kerry took a private jet in 2019 to Iceland to receive a climate award and told an Icelandic reporter, 'it's the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle,' Fox News Channel reported Wednesday   Fox News also reported that Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (left) the chairman of the Board of the Arctic Circle, had been critical of Kerry's (right) mode of transportation to the 2019 conference  Kerry pointed out that when...
    John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate under President Biden’s administration who consistently sounds the alarm on the dangers of global warming, took a private jet to Iceland in 2019 to accept an environmental award. The climate czar took a private jet to receive the Arctic Circle Prize for his leadership on climate change, Fox News reported on Wednesday. An interview obtained by the outlet found Kerry defending his climate-unfriendly mode of transportation, asserting that private flight remained “the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.” When confronted on the matter by Icelandic reporter Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson, Kerry appealed to offsetting his carbon output and highlighted the other environmental efforts he has made in years past — including the negotiation of the Paris Accords, which President Biden rejoined upon taking office. “I’ve been involved with this fight for years. I negotiated with President Xi to bring President Xi to the table so we could get Paris. And, I believe, the time it takes me to get somewhere, I can’t sail across the ocean,” he...
    President Biden’s newly appointed climate czar took a trip to Iceland in 2019 on a private plane and defended the move when confronted by a reporter. Kerry told a reporter that flying in a private plane, which emits up to 40 times more carbon per person than flying commercial, to Iceland in order to receive an award for his work on climate change was "the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle." "I've been involved in this fight for years. I negotiated with [Chinese] President Xi to bring President Xi to the table so we could get Paris,” Kerry added. “And, I believe, the time it takes me to get somewhere, I can't sail across the ocean. I have to fly to meet with people and get things done.” [email protected] suggests trying to force Americans to emit less CO2 via the Paris Accord makes up for his use of private jets; “only choice for someone like me" [h/t @FoxNews https://t.co/V2pQDMlggU] pic.twitter.com/YrhWA0cqwT— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 3, 2021 Kerry, whose title is United...
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    Climate Envoy John Kerry reportedly still owns a private jet through a family company, even as he prepares to impose new restrictions on Americans’ use of fossil fuels, according to a report by Fox News on Wednesday evening. Fox News reported: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate that the family of U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry owns a private jet, despite his position on combatting fossil fuels in the new administration. The FAA’s registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace jet owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name previously reported for Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s private charter jet company. The company’s listed address matches that of the Heinz Family Foundation. … According to FAA records, the jet’s registration certificate was issued in July of 2005 and expires in October of 2023. Fox noted that private jets are estimated to emit 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial jets. Kerry, the climate “czar,” is no stranger to claims of hypocrisy. In 2010, then-Sen. Kerry (D-MA) was found to have docked his boat in Rhode Island, thereby avoiding paying some $500,000 in taxes in...
    Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R) claimed that climate czar John Kerry was 'out-of-touch' when making comments about blue-collar workers who were no longer working on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  Cruz - who himself, is still in hot water given his connection to the insurrectionist at the Capitol - appeared on Fox News Primetime on Wednesday just moments after President Joe Biden tied climate change to creating job opportunity.  During his Wednesday signing, Biden revoked a key cross-border presidential permit needed to finish the controversial Keystone XL pipeline - a move that angered Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ended the $8 billion pipeline. Scroll down for video  Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News Primetime on Wednesday just moments after President Joe Biden tied climate change to creating job opportunity Fox News Privacy Policy During his Wednesday signing, Biden revoked a key cross-border presidential permit needed to finish the controversial Keystone XL pipeline - a move that angered Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ended the $8 billion pipeline Kerry - who joins the National Security Council in...
    Glasgow is last chance to act: US climate czar
    President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks started facing Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday morning, and the first few are slated for an easy approval. Biden’s Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen outlined a broad policy platform in her hearing, promising to focus on the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating economic impact from “day one” and encouraging Congress to pass another relief package. Notably, she pledged to name a “very senior-level” official within the department focused on climate, noting “climate change itself and policies to address it could have major impacts, creating stranded assets, generating large changes in asset prices, credit risks, and so forth that could affect the financial system.” Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee to be director of national intelligence, seemingly faced little opposition as she addressed tension with China and Iran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press reports. Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas meanwhile faced concerns over a 2015 inspector general report contending he showed “an appearance of favoritism and special access” while working in DHS under Obama. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chair Rob Portman (R-Ohio) called the report “troubling,” but conceded Mayorkas has...
    President Elect Joe Biden has picked Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Barack Obama and president of the leftist environmental group National Resources Defense Council, to become his climate czar. The position does not require Senate confirmation, but would have significant impact across the federal government as McCarthy is expected to guide climate policy at Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and even Treasury. The Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the Donald J. Trump administration more than 100 times for environmental policies including energy efficiency regulations and protections for threatened species. But McCarthy does not come to the post without a resume that includes controversies. Obama nominated McCarthy to head the EPA on March 4, 2013. She was confirmed after a record 136-day confirmation fight. Toxic Mine Spill McCarthy was tapped to pursue Obama’s agenda of climate change, global warming, and using regulation to save the environment. But in August of 2015 McCarthy was forced to apologize for an EPA mine cleanup that caused a toxic mix of lead and arsenic to spill from the Gold King...
    Gina McCarthy, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, led the Environmental Protection Agency in the Obama administration.Kim Raff/Getty/Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. This story was originally published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Gina McCarthy as his domestic climate czar, tasking the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency chief with overseeing the new administration’s sweeping plans to overhaul the nation’s energy, agriculture and transportation systems and prepare for the hotter world to come.   McCarthy, 66, served as a chief architect of the Obama administration’s climate regulations, overseeing the drafting and passage of landmark limits on planet-heating pollution from power plants, vehicles and fossil fuel producers. Following a stint as a professor at Harvard University, she became the president and chief executive of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a lion in the environmental advocacy sphere that has sued the Trump administration more than 100 times to block environmental...
    President-elect Joe Biden is rounding out his team on energy and climate change with an expected pick of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy and Gina McCarthy as his climate czar.[ READ: Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation ]Granholm, who Biden has not officially announced for the position, led the state from 2003 to 2011 and worked closely with the auto industry at the time. According to Politico, Granholm emerged as the top pick from a short list that included former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who progressives deemed too close to the nuclear and fossil fuel industries. Cartoons on the 2020 ElectionView All 301 ImagesThe choice of Granholm gained praise from some environmental groups. "Jennifer Granholm has forcefully spoken out against both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and advocated for shifting investment from oil and gas to renewable energy solutions," Greenpeace USA Senior Climate Campaigner Lisa Ramsden said in a statement Tuesday. "That's the kind of leadership the Department of Energy has been sorely missing." Biden is also expected to tap McCarthy, the...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHogan on Republicans who won't accept election result: 'They are out of runway' Biden rips Trump's refusal to concede after Electoral College vote Senate GOP warns Biden against picking Sally Yates as attorney general MORE has tapped former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Countries roll out 2030 Paris Accord goals amid US absence | Biden eyes new EPA picks as Nichols reportedly falls from favor | Kerry faces big job on climate, US credibility Biden eyes new EPA picks as Nichols falls from favor: report Biden eyes Gina McCarthy as domestic 'climate czar': report MORE to oversee domestic climate policy in his administration, according to multiple reports.   McCarthy, who served as EPA chief during President Obama’s second term, will take a role designed to serve as a counterpart to special envoy John KerryJohn KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Countries roll out 2030 Paris Accord goals amid US absence | Biden eyes new EPA picks as Nichols reportedly falls from favor | Kerry faces big job on climate, US credibility Biden eyes new EPA picks as...
    Fox News host Greg Gutfeld Tuesday dismissed President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and said he selected former Secretary of State John Kerry as his “climate czar because he mistook him for a tree.” “First there’s Kerry — what the morticians call a discount special,” Gutfeld said in his opening monologue on Fox News’ “The Five.” “Biden made him climate czar because he mistook him for a tree,” he said in reference to Kerry being tagged as Biden’s “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate” with a seat on the National Security Council.(RELATED: Trump: John Kerry May Be ‘The Worst Negotiator I’ve Ever Seen’) “There’s a deadly terrorist attack in Paris: he sends James Taylor,” Gutfeld said, showing a video of James Taylor serenading a French audience with the 1970s hit “You’ve Got a Friend.” “Yeah, they wanted that,” Gutfeld continued, noting that Kerry predicted “riots” when President Donald Tump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem: “he was wrong.” “He said there would be no peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process. Wrong again. The Fox News host...
    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his national security team on Tuesday, declaring 'America is back' and ready to lead the world, demonstrating the changed diplomatic tone his administration will take compared to President Donald Trump's.  Biden named his staff for the nation's security first, stressing the importance of the positions, but additional Cabinet picks are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.  'It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back,' the president-elect said as his six choices stood behind him on a stage at The Queen theater in downtown Wilmington, spread out in order to socially distance and wearing face masks. President-elect Biden's National Security Team Antony Blinken, Secretary of State Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate He said his choices - which include the first woman to lead the intelligence community and the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security - are 'ready to lead the world, not retreat...
    Former Massachusetts senator and Secretary of State John Kerry is slated to return to government as a special presidential envoy on climate under a prospective Biden administration, the Biden transition team announced Monday. Kerry tweeted after the announcement: America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is. I’m proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy. America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is. Im proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the Presidents Climate Envoy. — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) November 23, 2020 Kerry, as former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, spearheaded a number of foreign policy initiatives that ended under the Trump administration. Kerry spearheaded the Iran nuclear deal, which was heavily criticized by Senate Republicans at the time for the inclusion of what...
    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's transition team said on Monday former Secretary of State John Kerry will be named climate czar, a sign that Biden views diplomatic skills as vital to the job. As Biden's special envoy for climate, Kerry will have a seat on the National Security Council in the White House, marking the first time an official will be dedicated to the issue in that organization, Biden's transition team said in a statement. The NSC has played a powerful foreign policy role since it was created in 1947 under President Harry Truman. Biden has pledged to reverse course on climate from President Donald Trump who doubts mainstream climate science. He yanked the United States out of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate, and dismantled Obama-era climate and environment regulations to boost drilling, mining and manufacturing. Kerry, 76, called climate change "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction," as secretary of state under former President Barack Obama. In travels from glaciers in Greenland to the Solomon Islands, Kerry emphasized cooperation on tackling climate...
    Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images Former Secretary of State John Kerry has been tapped to be the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate — giving him a seat on the National Security Council. The news comes as President-elect Joe Biden announced the Cabinet nominations for his national security team. “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” Kerry tweeted after the announcement. “I’m proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy.” America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is. I’m proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy. — John Kerry (@JohnKerry) November 23, 2020 “This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue,” Biden’s transition team...
    President-elect Joe Biden will appoint former presidential candidate John Kerry as “Climate Czar” as well as add Kerry to the National Security Council, the Biden transition team announced Monday. Kerry will serve as both Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and sit on the National Security Council, NBC News reported, “reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue.” BREAKING: Biden transition team: Former Sec. of State John Kerry to serve as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and will sit on the National Security Council, “reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue.” — NBC News (@NBCNews) November 23, 2020 Seventy-six-year-old Kerry also served as a secretary of state for former President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, according to The New York Times. (RELATED: Obama Jokes That Navy Seals Could Extract Trump From The White House) “We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” Biden said in a statement, according to the Times. “I need a team ready on...
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    President-elect Joe Biden named former Secretary of State John Kerry to be his “climate czar,” a newly created role that would not require Senate confirmation. The move fulfills a demand of liberal activists and environmental groups who pressed Biden to elevate a government official to address climate change full-time and to coordinate federal agencies' response to it. Kerry’s official title will be special presidential envoy for climate and he will sit on the National Security Council, the Biden transition team said Monday afternoon. “This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue,” the transition team said. In the Obama administration, Kerry helped negotiate the Paris agreement and more recently founded “World War Zero,” a bipartisan group aiming to mobilize grassroots activism to demand action on climate change. News Energy and Environment Climate Change Paris Agreement John Kerry
    Joe Biden’s transition team is reportedly considering appointing a climate and energy “czar” to overhaul federal agencies if he wins the election in November. The position would be different from other environmental appointments in the administration in that it would help ensure climate issues are top priorities in agencies ranging from Energy and Interior to Commerce and Defense, sources familiar with the discussions told Politico. Another option being discussed is whether to appoint a member of the White House National Security Council to solely focus on climate matters. The Biden campaign could not be reached to confirm these possibilities to Fox News. “A climate czar is under serious discussion, but it has not been formally decided,”  David Goldwyn, a former Obama administration official who has been following the discussions occurring in the Biden team, told the website. “The thing that is not under debate is the need to have serious White House staff capacity on climate issues. What is under debate is the most effective way to do that.” Putting climate issues at the forefront of a Biden administration would...
    Savannah Rychcik October 7, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is mulling the possibility of adding a climate and energy “czar” if he is elected president in November. According to a report published by Politico, a person familiar with the campaign’s discussions, said former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Bill Clinton adviser John Podesta are a few names under consideration. “A climate czar is under serious discussion, but it has not been formally decided,” David Goldwyn, a former Obama administration official, said. He added, “The thing that is not under debate is the need to have serious White House staff capacity on climate issues. What is under debate is the most effective way to do that.” Biden has been critical of President Donald Trump’s stance on climate change in the past. The former vice president called him a “climate arsonist” in the wake of deadly wildfires sweeping the western United States, as IJR previously reported. “If we have four more years of Trump’s climate denial, how many suburbs will be...
    The Biden campaign is considering appointing a climate czar to oversee its environmental efforts if elected to office, according to reporting from Politico. Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and Biden's plans would both add to the debt, analysis finds Trump says he will back specific relief measures hours after halting talks Chance the Rapper, Demi Lovato to play digital concert to encourage voting MORE has proposed a sweeping climate plan that ranges from recommitting the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accord to transitioning the economy to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The effort would require contributions from multiple cabinet agencies, and the campaign is weighing creating a new position to oversee the transition. “A climate czar is under serious discussion, but it has not been formally decided,” David Goldwyn, an energy consultant and former Obama administration official, told Politico. “The thing that is not under debate is the need to have serious White House staff capacity on climate issues," he added. "What is under debate is the most effective way to do that.”  The Biden campaign did not respond...
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