Biden Picks Mark “Clear Return to U.S. Climate Leadership”


WASHINGTON - President-Elect Joe Biden will name former Secretary of State John Kerry to oversee the administration’s international climate change policies; former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to become Secretary of State; and senior foreign service officer Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Biden transition team has announced.

NRDC President and CEO Gina McCarthy made the following comment:

“This marks a clear return to U.S. climate leadership - at home and abroad. It puts effective climate action at the top of the agenda. And it sends the message to our friends and allies worldwide that they can once again take us at our word and depend on our partnership in the vital effort to confront a global crisis that demands global solutions.

“Together, Kerry, Blinken and Thomas-Greenfield will help form a deeply experienced and diverse team with an unprecedented commitment to reversing climate change, restoring public health safeguards and protecting our natural resources and wildlife. We look forward to working with them and the entire Biden team.”


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