PPT Statement on John Podesta Replacing John Kerry as Presidential Climate Envoy

PPT Statement on John Podesta Replacing John Kerry as Presidential Climate Envoy

  • January 31, 2024

PPT Director Michael Chamberlain released the following statement regarding John Podesta replacing John Kerry as the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate:

“When news broke that John Kerry was leaving his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate at the State Department, Protect the Public’s Trust expressed hope that this could signal a turn toward more transparency in the powerful but secretive office. Reports that John Podesta will be assuming this role drained much of our optimism. Mr. Podesta is the quintessential embodiment of the revolving door. Documents PPT received from Mr. Kerry’s SPEC office reveal that before Mr. Podesta’s latest jaunt through that door, his organization was one of those with a disturbing influence on the SPEC office operations and policies, with one of Mr. Podesta’s colleagues jokingly grousing to a SPEC official, ‘You all keep taking our good people.’ Mr. Podesta appears to not only have helped John Kerry build the revolving door at SPEC, but picked out the handle, threshold, and trim. It seems only fitting that he would now walk through that door.”

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