John Kerry’s office consulted left-wing environmental groups while crafting policies, emails show
- August 23, 2022
Thomas Catenacci and Houston Keene, Fox News
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry’s office participated in multiple discussions with left-wing environmental groups that appeared to inform policymaking decisions, according to emails shared with Fox News Digital.
Officials in the SPEC office sought to discuss key agenda items as recently as December with non-governmental organizations like the Sierra Club and the United Nations Foundation, according to documents obtained by government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) and shared with Fox News Digital.
The documents, which were obtained via information request, did not show any similar conversations or meetings with fossil fuel energy groups or companies.
“You’ll see from the participants’ list that there’s a lot of interest in this conversation,” Alden Meyer, a climate policy consultant and senior associate at the green group Third Generation Environmentalism, wrote in a May 2021 email planning a Zoom call between environmental organizations and SPEC officials.
“Just as FOIA revealed that teachers’ unions exerted undue influence in the development of policy regarding school reopening, these conversations seem to provide evidence that large, powerful activist organizations may be pushing the same expensive climate policy that just passed as what some are terming the ‘Green New Deal Lite,’” PPT Director Michael Chamberlain told FOX News Digital.