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You won't believe how much carbon dioxide Biden's 'climate czar' is responsible for

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/10/2022 Brad Polumbo
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President Joe Biden has called climate change a “clear and present danger to the United States” and promised to take “swift action to tackle the climate crisis.” Yet new reporting reveals that Biden’s climate czar is personally responsible for an unbelievable amount of carbon emissions.

The president appointed John Kerry as the nation’s first special presidential envoy for the climate in early 2021, claiming that his job would be to "fight climate change full time." Apparently, this means traipsing all over the world for photo-ops, conferences, and meetings that could’ve been done on Zoom, leaving a staggering carbon footprint along the way.

“In his role as President Joe Biden's climate czar, John Kerry has flown more than 180,000 miles — flights that emitted more than 9.5 million pounds of carbon,” the Washington Free Beacon’s Collin Anderson reported. “Kerry has flown roughly 180,100 miles — the equivalent of traveling around the world more than seven times — to discuss climate change with various world leaders.”

The Washington Free Beacon crunched the numbers and concluded, “Kerry's flights have produced 9.54 million pounds, or 4,772 tons, of carbon — roughly 300 times the average American's carbon footprint for an entire year.”

This is glaringly hypocritical.

Climate change is a real problem, and human activity does contribute to it. (Even if liberal hyperventilations are often exaggerated and their most alarming predictions often don’t come true.) But we can’t address this problem in any meaningful way when our political elite so openly behave as if the rules and sacrifices don’t apply to them — those are all just for the little, unimportant people, I guess.

Kerry and his defenders would insist that they have no other option. They’d say they can only reach their diplomatic climate goals by doing this politicking and schmoozing around the globe and that air travel is the only way to do it. But this isn’t true on either count.

For one, there’s no good reason that much of this couldn’t be done over Zoom. Our ability for remote communication has advanced tremendously in recent years, and Kerry and company would certainly have access to the highest-tech gear imaginable. If Zoom was good enough for your child’s education for a whole year and is good enough for many of our jobs, there’s no real reason world leaders can’t also communicate and negotiate remotely.

When travel is absolutely necessary, gas-guzzling air travel isn’t the only option. (Side note: Kerry’s family also has a private jet that has made 48 trips since 2021.) Just look at what Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has done.

I’ve been a frequent critic of Thunberg’s doomsday alarmism and ideology, but you’ve got to give her props for consistency. She literally sailed both ways across the Atlantic Ocean on a yacht to attend speaking engagements in hopes of making her travel involve zero carbon emissions. (Although even that journey did involve significant emissions.)

That might sound inconvenient and extreme, but if climate change is really the existential threat Biden and Kerry say it is, why aren’t they willing to take drastic measures? Until liberal politicians are willing to back up their climate talk with personal sacrifices, they can’t credibly ask the people to make drastic sacrifices in pursuit of a green agenda.

Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is a co-founder of Based-Politics.com, a co-host of the BasedPolitics podcast, and a Washington Examiner contributor.

 

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