Kerry Quits Shadowy Climate Czar Job; Expected to Work on Biden Campaign

Kerry Quits Shadowy Climate Czar Job; Expected to Work on Biden Campaign

  • January 15, 2024

James Murphy, The New American

As first reported by Axios on Saturday, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry is stepping down, supposedly to assist Democrats— particularly President Joe Biden— with the 2024 general election. Kerry is, reportedly, working with White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients on transitioning out of government service in the coming weeks.

Kerry has been under scrutiny for his inscrutable success at keeping the names of those who work for him in the SPEC office out of the press. Although in charge of an office with at least a $4.3 million payroll, little is known about who works with Kerry outside of deputies Rick Duke and Sue Biniaz, whose names appear on the department’s website.

One group that has led the pressure against Kerry to release the names of staffers, most of whom are pulling down six-figure government salaries, is Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT). The group hopes that Kerry’s departure will signal a new era of transparency in the SPEC’s office.

“John Kerry’s decision to step down from his role as the Biden Administration’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate presents an opportunity to improve both transparency and Constitutional governance,” said PPT Director Michael Chamberlain in a statement. “Despite heading an extremely powerful office in the State Department and lacking Senate confirmation, Mr. Kerry’s chain of command bypassed the Secretary of State and went directly to the President. His office was also infamous for attempts to avoid the transparency the American public expects.”

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