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Biden Picks John Kerry, Paris Accord Author, as Climate Czar

  • Move signals commitment to elevating issue of global warming
  • Kerry calls climate change ‘urgent national security threat’
John Kerry
John KerryPhotographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Former Secretary of State John Kerry will be named as special presidential envoy for climate by President-elect Joe Biden, according to his transition team, in a sign Biden plans to fulfill promises to elevate the issue of global warming to the highest levels in his White House.

Having a so-called climate czar could help coordinate a whole-of-government approach to confronting global warming, which Biden has referred to as an “existential threat.”