Even though the election hasn’t been certified in several key states and the Electoral College doesn’t meet until December 14th, Joe Biden is busy this week announcing who he is selecting to join his administration in key positions. One announcement today is sure to raise eyebrows in some political corners. In fact, some political observers are questioning why the United States needs a “Climate Czar.”
“President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named former Secretary of State John Kerry as special envoy to lead his administration’s efforts to fight climate change,” according to The Hill.
“Kerry will be the “climate czar” for the incoming administration, coordinating programs that are expected to stretch across multiple agencies while leading efforts at a White House that may need to look for avenues beyond Congress to advance climate priorities.
“‘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,’ Kerry wrote on Twitter. [emphasis added]
“The position will be embedded on the National Security Council (NSC), a sign of the gravity with which the administration views the issue.
“‘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 Biden transition team said in a statement announcing Kerry’s selection among other top security officials. His role will not require Senate confirmation.”
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
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