Well, I’ll be gosh-darned.
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.
As secretary of state, Kerry played a prominent role in the international effort to craft the Paris climate agreement, which commits countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid disastrous storms, heatwaves, flooding and other looming climate threats.
I don’t know whether to play the Cheers theme song or the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song, so I’m just gonna play them both.
I’ll tell ya what, it’s just so good to have John Kerry back in town.
I feel like I’m in a place where everyone knows my name, and I am certain that we’re all gonna make it after all.
John Kerry (Cohn) can turn the world on with his smile.
If anybody can change the weather with a global tax scheme, it’s gonna be him.
All of our best friends are back.
We’ve entered now into a joyous memory of the world before the orange man, when everything was happy all the time.