Grover Norquist, president of American tax reform and an opponent of climate change, called Kerry “the figurehead of what the elitists in Central America look like, who live in their fancy houses, drive their expensive cars, and use a lot of carbon and tell the rest of them us that the farmers enjoy life too much. “
Keen to continue this line of attack, Republicans have repeatedly asserted that the Biden administration was destined to adopt the Green New Deal proposals supported by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Mr Biden has denied having promised to “work with Congress to implement a bold agenda that addresses the climate emergency, achieves environmental justice and creates well-paid jobs”.
Bob Inglis, a Republican climate activist and former Conservative Congressman from South Carolina, said Mr Biden’s election of an elderly statesman could make Republicans more willing to work constructively by “removing the risk of creating a new Democratic star.”
Another factor in Mr. Kerry’s appeal to the Republicans? His appointment caused left-wing concern.
The Food & Water Action group, which fights against the oil and gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracking or fracking, criticized Kerry for backing natural gas and for being a “promoter of bogus climate solutions like market-based carbon trading” schemes. “
Mr. Kerry formed a coalition of Republicans and Democrats ready to work together on climate change last year. Several Republican members strongly advocate the continued burning of natural gas to eliminate coal, which emits twice as much carbon dioxide. But drilling for natural gas also releases methane – an extremely powerful greenhouse gas.
Mr Biden’s support for natural gas has been a major source of concern for Liberals throughout his campaign. Although Mr Biden pledged to steer the United States towards net zero emissions by 2050 and promised to end new permits for oil and gas drilling on public land and waters, he vowed not to ban fracking and welcomed it Public natural gas as a “bridge” between coal and renewable energy sources such as sun and wind.
It can be Mr. Kerry acting as a bridge – between the disaffected left, the immobile right, and the waiting world. He has been in favor of action against climate change since he served in 1992 with then Senator Al Gore in the US delegation to the first Earth Summit in Rio, where the framework for the United Nations climate negotiations was formed.