I'm not convinced -- not at all -- that we will get there in time to avoid profoundly disturbing fundamental transformation in the nature of our planet, and the capacity of tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people to be able to survive. — US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
I'm not convinced -- not at all -- that we will get there in time to avoid profoundly disturbing fundamental transformation in the nature of our planet, and the capacity of tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people to be able to survive. — US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

But there's a big gaping hole in the middle of our country where we — the nation that went to the moon, invented the internet, has created vaccines -- we can't send a simple electron from California to New York. That's stupid. It's insane. — US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
But there's a big gaping hole in the middle of our country where we — the nation that went to the moon, invented the internet, has created vaccines — we can't send a simple electron from California to New York. That's stupid. It's insane. — US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

Kerry warns nations are running out of time to decarbonize and challenges China to move away from coal
"I have no doubt that wealthiest nations ultimately will get to a zero carbon or net (zero) carbon economy," Kerry said. "But I'm not convinced -- not at all -- that we will get there in time to avoid profoundly disturbing fundamental transformation in the nature of our planet, and the capacity of tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people to be able to survive."

Kerry delivered his remarks, which event organizers said were recorded last week, virtually at a US-Japan Council event alongside Japan's Minister of the Environment Shinjirō Koizumi.

... Underscoring the severity of the climate crisis and the fact that more nations still need to make bolder climate pledges, Kerry said that even if the US and Japan both went carbon neutral by "tomorrow, we still have an enormous problem." He noted the US and Japan are part of a group of countries who have committed to going climate neutral by 2050, making steep cuts in the next decade.

"Fifty-five percent of global GDP is committed to pathways that could keep 1.5 degrees alive," Kerry said, referring to the 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. "The problem is, we have the other 45% not yet there. China, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil ... must join with us in the effort to use the meeting in Glasgow to adopt a plan for the next 10 years."

... Biden's climate envoy also said the US needs to make good on its commitments and spoke about the need for the US to improve its infrastructure and heavily invest in renewable energy, which he called a "gigantic component" of the climate solution.

Kerry nodded to a bipartisan infrastructure bill that is among the President's top priorities, which would upgrade the US electrical grid. This week, Hurricane Ida severely damaged part of the power grid in Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving over 1 million homes and businesses without electricity.

"In America, we have individual grids -- one on the East Coast, one on the West Coast, one in Texas all by itself," Kerry said. "But there's a big gaping hole in the middle of our country where we -- the nation that went to the moon, invented the internet, has created vaccines -- we can't send a simple electron from California to New York. That's stupid. It's insane."
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