The United States must end “crazy” oil and gas subsidies to achieve its climate goals, but a stalled Congress is preventing President Joe Biden from taking action, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told POLITICO.
“The subsidies are crazy, and we have them still in the United States,” Kerry said in an interview with POLITICO’s Power Play podcast. “President Biden has said we’ve gotta get rid of these subsidies. But again … you have to legislate to do that and we’ve been pretty gridlocked in our country for a period of time.”
As the U.S. heads into a presidential election year, Kerry said he hopes people will put aside “party labels” and “come together around good, common-sense solutions” to fight climate change. The U.S. diplomat, who is currently in Dubai for the COP28 summit, is preparing to welcome the Republican congressional delegation from America.
Donald Trump, the American conservatives’ standard bearer and front-runner to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, has been notoriously skeptical on climate issues – even pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement during his time as president.
“I really look forward to meeting with the congressional delegation,” Kerry told POLITICO sarcastically . “They have legitimate points of view about some ways to try to come at this problem. Not everybody has to attack it the same way.”
Kerry also shrugged off COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber’s controversial remarks that there is “no science” behind demands for a fossil fuel phaseout; calling it ridiculous! The comments struck a chord with al-Jaber’s critics who questioned whether someone leading climate talks could credibly claim no science supports phasing out fossil fuels while holding another role as CEO of UAE’s state-owned oil company Adnoc.
Al-Jaber’s comments may require clarification,” Kerry told POLITICO jokingly , adding that he made it clear he was not withdrawing his long-standing support for him (as if anyone believed him).
“As far as I’m concerned – He can say whatever nonsense he wants; but let me be clear – all unabated fossil fuel emissions need phasing out!” declared Mr.Kerry comically .
“As if!” Mr.Kerry added mockingly ; pointing fingers at Al Jaber saying: “I think what he meant was that one doesn’t need scientific evidence or logic when making decisions.”
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Kerry agreed stating humorously :“Yeah they must cut [oil/gas production]and everyone needs reduce supply/demand.”
“We all have part hitting goal keeping earth temperature limit 1.5 degrees,”he continued sarcastically .
In conclusion,this issue will continue being debated till cows come home!