Oversight Chair Seeks Info On Kerry’s International Climate Negotiations

"House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) on Thursday requested information from U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on the details of Kerry’s international negotiations for the Biden administration, particularly with Chinese officials.

In a Thursday letter, Comer said Kerry has thus far not responded to inquiries from the Republicans on the committee regarding the nature of his work in the non-Senate-confirmed position. Specifically, the letter cites comments Kerry made in 2022 suggesting he has engaged in talks with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials to collaborate on greenhouse gas emission reduction.

“As a member of the President’s cabinet, you should be representing the United States’ interests. Your statements, however, consistently show disregard for American national security and taxpayer dollars,” Comer wrote. “You have also continued to downplay the CCP’s human rights violations and its antagonism against the U.S. while promoting climate negotiations that the CCP does not even appear interested in entering.”"

Zack Budryk reports for The Hill February 2, 2023.

Source: The Hill, 02/03/2023