Climate change contrarians
A wheezing noise has emanated from Capitol Hill in Washington of late. It is a last gasp to stop America's progress on the climate crisis. House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., recently said the following to Fox News:
"(Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry) was not confirmed by the Senate. He is not held accountable by the American people. He is skirting congressional oversight, and that is unacceptable. For the past two years, the Biden Administration has withheld information on John Kerry's role within the Administration for the past two years despite the committee's many requests."
"His reported upcoming negotiations with the Chinese on climate topics, an action which he has done on numerous occasions, is inappropriate and potentially undermines U.S. interests and domestic energy security," he continued. "Mr. Kerry's continued engagement in shady negotiations will be met with intense scrutiny by the committee."
Grasping for technicalities rather than addressing the most pressing issue on hand, climate change, the senior committee chair was surprised that the president and not Congress had appointed the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.
Kerry has gone rogue with Congress to push a global transition from fossil fuels to green energy. He has jetted around the world and attended high-profile climate summits and diplomatic engagements on behalf of the U.S., all with little oversight by the State Department.
Rep. Comer sounded the alarm stating, "His reported upcoming negotiations with the Chinese on climate topics, an action which he has done on numerous occasions, is inappropriate and potentially undermines U.S. interests and domestic energy security. Mr. Kerry's continued engagement in shady negotiations will be met with intense scrutiny by the committee."
In May, according to Comer, speaking with Fox News, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was told the following by a State Department official: "Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry reports directly to the President. The Secretary of State consults closely and regularly with the Special Presidential
Envoy for Climate to ensure policy coordination. We have established a variety of mechanisms and channels to ensure robust coordination between their respective staffs, including regular meetings between the Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of Staff and other senior policy advisors."
President Biden was wise to separate the diplomatic work of the State Department from that of climate change. China has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. This is an insurmountable challenge because China is currently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 28% of global emissions. The United States, once the worst, is today the second largest emitter, responsible for around 15% of global emissions. China can only succeed by working collaboratively with the USA by including American-built climate solutions and world-best practices.
Dr. Rob Moir, president and executive director of Cambridgebased Ocean River Institute, a nonprofit providing expertise,
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