(RightIsRight.co) – Characterizing himself as increasingly “militant” about climate policy, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry demanded that coal plants not be built “anywhere in the world” at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai.
Kerry’s message reflects his intensifying leftwing stance on environmental issues, as he claims a widespread evasion of responsibility, particularly concerning the ongoing construction of polluting coal-fired power plants.
“We don’t need that necessarily to tell us we ought to be transitioning out of coal. There shouldn’t be any more coal power plants permitted anywhere in the world. That’s how you can do something for health. And the reality is that we’re not doing it,” Kerry stated.
His comments were made during the conference’s inaugural “Health Day,” an event reportedly designed to underscore the interconnection between climate change and public health crises.
Kerry, who frequently travels globally to discuss the “climate crisis,” asserted that climate and health issues are intrinsically linked. He argues that his militant stance stems from not understanding “how adults who are in positions of responsibility can be avoiding responsibility for taking away those things that are killing people on a daily basis.”
Kerry’s growing impatience also reflects his disappointment with the inadequate global response his climate advocacy receives, particularly from coal-dependent nations like China.
An August report by Global Energy Monitor (GEM) and the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) revealed that China is planning to construct over 300 new coal power plants, with permits issued for an additional 52 gigawatts of coal power in the first half of 2023 alone. This development indicates a doubling of China’s coal plant commissions in 2023, highlighting a continuing trend in coal utilization.
As the first U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate appointed by Joe Biden in November 2020, Kerry has demanded global environmental reforms. He recently praised the Biden administration’s decision to contribute $3 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds to the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund (GCF).
“The GCF has established a strong track record of enabling countries to accelerate the energy transition, assisting communities around the world in building resilience to the impacts of the climate crisis, and mobilizing significant private capital for climate action,” Kerry remarked, applauding the initiative funded by U.S. taxpayers.