John Kerry’s Climate Office Coordinated With Left-Wing Nonprofits Working To Shut Down Coal, Internal Docs Show

John Kerry’s Climate Office Coordinated With Left-Wing Nonprofits Working To Shut Down Coal, Internal Docs Show

  • June 18, 2024

Thomas Catenacci, Washington Free Beacon

The State Department’s lead climate office discussed shutting down coal power worldwide with environmental groups, namely the California-based Sierra Club among others, ahead of its decision to join an international anti-coal coalition, according to emails reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The internal agency emails—obtained this month via information request by watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT)—are the latest evidence that the State Department’s Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), led by John Kerry until he departed early this year, discussed key policy issues, including actions related to coal power, with nonprofit interest groups.

And the emails come amid a sweeping congressional probe into the SPEC office’s coordination with eco groups. That probe is being spearheaded by House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer (R., Ky.), who told the Free Beacon that his panel continues to review separate documents showing the Biden administration “caved to pressure by leftist climate groups” seeking to end construction of new coal plants and phase out all coal worldwide by 2040.

“Government of, by, and for the people demands transparency and accountability,” PPT director Michael Chamberlain told the Free Beacon. “The actions of John Kerry’s secretive climate office are anathema to those qualities.”

“And every new revelation seems to add to the body of evidence that Kerry’s office has been outsourcing its policymaking—policies that have a significant impact on our ability keep the lights on and the machines running in our homes, hospitals, schools, and businesses—to powerful but unaccountable special interest organizations,” added Chamberlain.

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