Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry heads to Berlin climate conference

The President’s special climate envoy, John Kerry, landed in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday to participate in the closed-door Petersberg Climate Dialogue. He will stay at the elite UN-sponsored event for 24 hours before leaving.

The US State Department has confirmed Kerry’s attendance. He said “Secretary Kerry will also meet with government counterparts to continue accelerating global cooperation on the climate crisis and the clean energy transition.”

Little is known about the meeting, who is attending, the agenda, or the conclusions to consider. The public and media will not be permitted entry.

The UN previously issued a statement confirming the gathering, stating that “the agenda also includes a long-standing request from many states particularly affected by the climate crisis: financial support to address damage and loss from the climate change”.

The meeting of government representatives from 40 countries serves to prepare the agenda for the World Climate Conference COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (7-18 November 2022).

He will also push for the acceptance of a request from industrialized countries to give 100 billion US dollars a year to finance climate projects in the poorest countries of the South from 2023.

Kerry, the climate ‘czar’, is no stranger to allegations of hypocrisy, nor is he averse to constantly flying around the globe telling others to watch their carbon footprint.

In 2010, then senator. Kerry (D-MA) was found to have docked his boat in Rhode Island, avoiding paying some $500,000 in taxes in his home state of Massachusetts.

Last year, Kerry was asked what message the administration had for workers in the oil and gas industry. He said they would find “better choices” and other jobs, like making solar panels.

He also admitted that even if the United States reached “zero” emissions, it would not solve the problem of climate change, because the vast majority of emissions come from other countries.

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