By Mathew Carr
Dec. 9, 2022 — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said the China-U.S. climate talks at COP27 didn’t come to a conclusion because he was “sidelined.”
Talks between the two nations, the world’s biggest emitters, would continue, he said Friday night in London at the Fulbright Distinguished Lecture.
He reportedly was sick with Covid at the end of last month’s UN climate talks in Sharm, Egypt.
CarrZee: It’s outrageous if the two biggest contributors to climate change stopped talking on solutions last month because Kerry got Covid. Have these people heard of delegating tasks?
Kerry had the nerve tonight, despite this context above, to say Australia and Brazil were two of the “biggest outliers,” of the climate crisis, and he appeared to suggest the two nations have come back to some mystical universe where the US was showing real climate leadership. The US is the biggest climate laggard, by far.
Kerry, 78, appeared to shake tonight as he drank from a glass of water.
Australia, while admittedly pretty bad at climate action until an election this year, is a small country [my home country, to be sure]. Brazil’s forest is processing a good portion of the USA’s damaging heat-trapping gas, largely for free.
No one, in the Western media at least, is holding the U.S. to account.
The Unaccountable Unaccountable
Kerry on Friday in London, in a speech that was webcast. This was a snip from it.
This from Reuters on Nov. 19:
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 19 (Reuters) – China’s top climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua said on Saturday he expects to continue direct cooperation on climate change with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry after the COP27 summit taking place in Egypt comes to a close.
China and the United States are the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases and cooperation between them is seen as vital to international efforts to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
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