Biden appoints John Kerry for new climate envoy role

John Kerry.

On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden announced a slate of national security and foreign policy officials, including former Secretary of State John Kerry for the newly created role of “special presidential envoy for climate.” This new position will be part of the National Security Council, Biden’s transition team says, and it will not require Senate confirmation.

Kerry served as the nation’s chief diplomat during part of President Barack Obama’s second term in the White House after having been a decades-long U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004. Under Kerry’s tenure as secretary of state, the United States joined the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The U.S. has since withdrawn from the accord under President Donald Trump’s administration.

The creation of this new post is a sign that Biden plans to make climate change a significant focus of his administration.

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