WASHINGTON – News reports indicate that President-elect Joe Biden will appoint former senator and Secretary of State John Kerry to be his special presidential enjoy for climate, or “climate czar.” In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:
“Having held cautious optimism that President-elect Joe Biden could be persuaded to take a bold, determined approach to tacking the climate crisis from day one, we are suddenly alarmed by his choice of John Kerry for climate czar. Kerry has been a long-time apologist for fossil fuel fracking, and a reliable promoter of false climate solutions like market-based carbon-trading schemes. Kerry’s proposals are tired ideas from years past that will do little or nothing to address our climate crisis, and will actually continue to place a disproportionate, unjust burden on vulnerable communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and climate impacts for decades now.
“Biden’s appointment of John Kerry is a clear indication that he is not yet prepared or motivated to adequately address the climate crisis with the seriousness it requires. We have our work cut out for us.”