Joe Biden names John Kerry as climate envoy

Vastavam web: John Kerry, one of the leading architects of the Paris climate agreement, is getting one more chance to lead the fight against climate change after President-elect Joe Biden named the longtime senator and former secretary of state as climate envoy for national security. Biden’s team gave little immediate detail on Monday about how he envisioned Kerry shaping the new job, which many on social media and on all sides of the climate-action spectrum were quick to dub climate czar.

But the transition team made clear that it will be a prominent role, with Kerry becoming the first member of the National Security Council to focus exclusively on climate change. America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is, Kerry tweeted. 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. At 76, Kerry has the stature to help him make deals with foreign governments on global climate efforts. But he’s up to a half-century or more older than the activists who pushed climate change to the forefront of national politics over the past four years.

Varshini Prakash, the executive director of the Sunrise Movement climate group, whose members skew younger, called the appointment a very good move, saying Kerry combined a long track record on climate issues with a commitment to engaging and listening to young voices. But Prakash called for Biden to go further and create a new domestic federal office to push agencies on climate efforts.

America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is, Kerry tweeted. 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. At 76, Kerry has the stature to help him make deals with foreign governments on global climate efforts. But he’s up to a half-century or more older than the activists who pushed climate change to the forefront of national politics over the past four years.

Varshini Prakash, the executive director of the Sunrise Movement climate group, whose members skew younger, called the appointment a very good move, saying Kerry combined a long track record on climate issues with a commitment to engaging and listening to young voices. But Prakash called for Biden to go further and create a new domestic federal office to push agencies on climate efforts. Kerry brings diplomatic and political expertise and knows better than anyone how to ensure this crisis receives the international attention it so desperately needs, said Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental advocacy group, welcomed the incoming Biden administration’s move on Kerry. But it is important somewhere in Biden’s administration, particularly in climate, to see not just the same people and actors we have seen before on these issues, Hartl said.