President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry considering leaving the Biden administration as he wants to avoid defending his green agenda in front of a Republican-controlled House or Senate and is also seeking a return to the private sector to make more money, according to Axios.
Kerry, who was not required to be confirmed by Senate, does not want to stay in the administration. A Republican Congress could ask him questions about his climate negotiations and his private jet. Axios reported that Kerry isn’t keen to continue in the administration. In addition to increasing his net worth, the president’s special representative wants to leave after the November United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt.
A Kerry spokesperson said to Axios that Kerry has no plans of leaving and that his only focus is on COP27.
Biden named Kerry the U.S. climate ambassador in November 2021 to push the administration’s ambitious “net zero” emissions goals abroad. Kerry has repeatedly called on nations and corporations to invest green energy and take action to reduce carbon emissions, and to avoid increasing the use of fossil fuels.
According to Axios, Kerry indicated to his coworkers that he believes he has done everything he could to promote environmentalism domestically as well as internationally.
Congress requires that all presidential envoys must be confirmed by Senate. This means that Kerry’s replacement could have difficulty getting confirmed if Republicans win control of the Senate during the November midterm elections.
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