(RepublicanInformer)- John Kerry admitted on Wednesday that even the United States achieving zero emissions would make little to no difference in the climate change fight across the globe.
Kerry, who President Joe Biden named his Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, made his comments at a White House press briefing Wednesday. He did so right before Biden signed executive actions that pushed a climate agenda related to Green New Deal principles.
Kerry said of Biden:
“He knows Paris alone is not enough,” in reference to re-joining The Paris Agreement, a climate change mitigation plan. “Not when almost 90% of all of the planet’s global emissions come from outside of U.S. borders. We could go to zero tomorrow and the problem isn’t solved.”
Kerry, who once served as the Secretary of State and even ran for president, said it would be challenging for the U.S. to bring some of the top polluters in the world to the negotiating table. That includes China, which is responsible for 30% of all carbon emissions in the world.
Still, Kerry said the U.S. needed to focus on reducing its carbon footprint. He specifically pointed out the need to increase production of solar panels and domestic electric cars.
A reporter questioned the price tag of $2 trillion on Biden’s climate plan, which is in addition to the $1.9 trillion Biden is asking for in another coronavirus economic relief package. Kerry responded:
“The science tells us we have to. It’s a lot of money, but we’ll lose a lot more if we don’t do the things we need to do.”
Somehow, Biden has claimed that his plan to curb production of domestic energy would cost the U.S. thousands of jobs in the gas and oil industries. The halting of the Keystone XL pipeline alone will cost thousands of people their jobs.
Patrick Morrisey, the attorney general of West Virginia, is one person who doesn’t believe Biden when he claims there won’t be an effect on jobs. He said the president’s energy plan will take a “wrecking ball” to jobs in coal, gas and oil industries around the U.S.
He told Fox News:
“I think he is kicking the American people when they’re down economically, and it is not a message of unity that he has been talking about.”
Still, Kerry insists that these workers could easily transition into jobs in the green energy industry. He said the workers so far have been “fed a false narrative” about how Biden’s plan will affect their livelihoods. He said:
“They’ve been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense. No, it’s not. What’s happening to them is happening because of other market forces already taking place.
“Coal plants have been closing over the last 20 years. So, what President Biden wants to do is make sure those folks have better choices, that they have alternatives, and they can be the people who go to work, to make the solar panels.”