John Kerry has officially been confirmed as the new US Secretary of State. In my humble opinion, Kerry has been one of the best Congressman of the past couple decades. I’m more than happy to see that he will now be Secretary of State. Kerry is a definite “Climate Hawk,” and he understands the great value of clean energy and other types of cleantech for fighting climate change, improving national security, and keeping the US as a global economic leader in the decades and centuries to come.
Upon his confirmation, the BlueGreen Alliance also issued a strong statement of support. BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster wrote:
“In the Senate, John Kerry showed exemplary leadership on the issue of climate change, calling for much-needed action. As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he traveled the world advocating this same message. There’s no one better prepared to take on this challenge today.
“Senator Kerry couldn’t be more correct in saying climate change is ‘life-threatening.’ It is vital that the world achieves an international agreement to reduce carbon pollution. While we must pursue policies that will make the air and water cleaner in the U.S., warming surface temperatures and water levels are happening around the world, regardless of borders.
“Our next secretary of state has a unique role in taking action on this issue and his expertise will help us to meet these challenges. We look forward to working with Senator Kerry as he continues to be a strong voice for action on climate change as secretary of state.”
I fully agree. For more on our take on John Kerry’s excellent fit for this role, check out Tina’s post on the matter from just before Christmas: John Kerry’s Climate Change Statements Show Force & Nuance
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