Fossil-fuel apologist or sensible statesman? Responses to Biden’s pick of Kerry for climate envoy
“The effectiveness of foreign policy is dictated just as much by perceptions as it is of reality, and the truth is many of our foreign partners that we trade with and have forged security relationships with perceive climate change as an important issue in their engagement with the United States. Taking the issue seriously by having an envoy can give America some credibility in future negotiations, but the Biden administration will have to be cautious not to repeat the mistakes of the Paris Agreement and Kyoto Protocols which implicitly endorsed China’s skyrocketing emissions.”
— Philip Rossetti, senior fellow, energy, with free-market think tank R Street. Rossetti’s views are his own. He recently co-wrote a commentary about climate change policy in a divided government.