John Kerry named as Joe Biden's special climate envoy

(The Guardian, 23 Nov 2020) Activists welcome appointment of heavyweight figure. Kerry to treat climate crisis as ‘urgent national security issue’.

John Kerry, the former US secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee, has been named as a special envoy on the climate crisis under Joe Biden’s incoming administration.

Biden’s transition team said Kerry would “fight climate change full time” in the role, which for the first time will include a seat on the national security council.

This elevation shows the president-elect sees the climate crisis as an “urgent national security issue”, the Biden transition team said.

Kerry tweeted that “America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is.” The former Massachusetts senator, who ran for president in 2004, added that he will work with Biden, US allies and the climate movement to address the “crisis” of global heating.

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The Guardian, 23 Nov 2020: John Kerry named as Joe Biden's special climate envoy