American Energy Alliance Releases 10 Questions for Special Envoy Kerry

WASHINGTON DC (07/13/2023) – The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability is set to force Kerry to explain his budget beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. The American Energy Alliance has prepared 10 questions for Special Envoy Kerry.

  1. Can you provide an estimate as to how much carbon dioxide you emit a year traveling the world in your official capacity as Special Envoy on Climate?
  2. In 2009, Special Envoy Kerry said the Arctic could be ice-free by 2014. It’s 2023 and this hasn’t come to pass. Why should we believe today’s claims about disasters when yesterday’s claims of disasters have not come to pass?
  3. In numerous instances Special Envoy Kerry, you have made claims about climate change that are not backed by the IPCC’s reports on climate change. Should we trust the IPCC’s reports on climate change?
  4. Do you consider China to be on the forefront of the sort of climate policies that you would like to see in America?
  5. China burns more coal each year than the rest of the world combined, and they have recently opened new coal mines that will last generations and started moving coal by rail from Mongolia cutting transportation costs to 1/4 their previous level. Since China makes most of the world’s polysilicon for solar panels from cheap coal power, doesn’t this just mean the administration’s “green transition” means we will be importing coal-dependent solar panels from China? Does it ever occur to you that we may be making China stronger by pushing for “green energy” products they make and sell to us because they use so much coal?
  6. Given the critical minerals requirements of green technologies, why are we not working toward streamlining the approvals process for domestic mines that would produce them?
  7. Are claims of modern-day slavery in China a concern to you?
  8. Are you willing to acknowledge that the cost-of-living crisis in Europe is, at least in part, tied to the climate policies pursued by the EU?
  9. Is there any sort of limit you are willing to put on how much the U.S. government should spend a year addressing climate change?
  10. Recent surveys show that American voters prefer affordable energy to your climate agenda. Given the concerns about the economy and the general disinterest in climate change as an issue, it is not surprising that voters don’t really want the government to do much. How do you make the democratic case for continued aggressive government action in the name of climate change?

AEA President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement:

“Special Envoy Kerry has made a career championing dubious claims about the so-called ‘climate crisis’ while turning a blind eye to the world’s worst polluters such as China. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability has an obligation to raise questions to Special Envoy Kerry about the role of China in the government-imposed energy transition.”

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