Kerry to stay on as Biden’s top climate diplomat
Kerry’s relationship with his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, has been a rare bright spot between the United States and China. Kerry has sought to carve out a separate lane to discuss climate with China, the world’s top emitter. He told The Boston Globe those talks have been paused for the past and was informed that Xie had been ill with Covid-19.
The future of natural gas and oil is sure to color the upcoming climate talks amid rising energy costs, energy security concerns stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the UAE’s role as a major hydrocarbon producer.
The decision to stay in his current role, however, will also open Kerry up to investigations by the Republican-led House, with House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) already requesting documents and communication from Kerry’s office. Kerry told the Globe “we have nothing to hide.”