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Will the Paris Agreement Be a Legally Binding Treaty?

November 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Secretary of State John Kerry caused a bit of a stir with comments this week in the Financial Times suggesting that the Paris climate agreement will not be a legally binding treaty. It appears Mr. Kerry has stepped somewhat inelegantly into a legal morass that doesn’t translate easily into sound bites.[read more]

Secretary Kerry Makes Climate Change Top Priority in New Policy Directive: Some Key Actions to Deliver on That Policy

March 13, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Kerry and Climate Change

Secretary of State John Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. Secretary of State. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue.[read more]

Secretary Kerry is Right that Climate Change Needs to be Tackled like a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

February 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and Impact


Secretary of State John Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta. Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency, and the opportunity to be found in clean energy solutions.[read more]


Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Significantly Increase Carbon Emissions? The Numbers Behind the KXL Debate [UPDATED]

February 3, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

The State Department released an updated final environmental impact statement for Keystone XL that buoyed the hopes of pipeline advocates and opponents alike and gave Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama considerable leeway to make their final decision on the project.[read more]

John Kerry Throws More Cold Water On Keystone XL Pipeline

January 9, 2014 by Tina Casey

John Kerry and Keystone XL

The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.[read more]

Secretary Kerry: Secure Global Agreement to Reduce Aviation Pollution

March 21, 2013 by Jake Schmidt

aviation carbon pollution

Aviation is a major contributor to global warming with its pollution projected to grow significantly if left uncontrolled. Next week Secretary Kerry has the chance to help advance an international agreement to cut aviation pollution.[read more]

In War for Canadian Oil Sands: Keystone XL is Winning

March 14, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

keystone xl pipeline

A huge blow to the anti-Keystone XL pipeline crusade occurred earlier this month when the State Department released a “Draft Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement.”[read more]

Keystone XL: State Department Downplays Climate Change Dangers

March 3, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

The State Department issued an recklessly insufficient environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline on Friday, despite the President’s tough talk on confronting climate change.[read more]

Obama To Name Climate Hawk John Kerry Secretary Of State

December 17, 2012 by Joseph Romm

In the first serious indication Obama will focus on climate change in his second term, media outlets report the President will nominate Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to be Secretary of State.Kerry is one of the Senate’s leading climate hawks who has said he believes that climate change is the “biggest long term threat” to national security....[read more]

Key Democrats Say its Time for New Energy Policy After 2010 Reported the Warmest in History

January 13, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

After a new report showed 2010 was tied for the hottest year on record, several key members within the U.S. Democratic party stated it was time for the country to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation. In its latest report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that global temperatures last year...[read more]

Kerry Warns of “New Sputnik Moment,” Calls for Bipartisan Investment Strategy

January 12, 2011 by Teryn Norris

Today, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a major speech in Washington that may be remembered as one of the most important political responses to the Tucson shooting and as a powerful new post-partisan vision for restoring American vitality and leadership in the 21st century. As Ezra Klein of Washington Post noted, “Frankly, it’s the...[read more]

In Week of Gushing Oil Washington's Response is Flurry of Ideas

May 13, 2010 by Keith Schneider

The foreboding of the monstrous Gulf oil spill was accompanied this week by the opportune deeds of Washington lawmakers, policy makers, and activists hard at work to fashion a political response, including the Senate introduction of a comprehensive climate and energy bill. The new proposal was generally applauded for its expansive scope...[read more]

Not If Emperor Fossil Has His Way

March 16, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

According to AP reporter Frederic J. Frommer, as Senate sponsors of a climate bill prepare to unveil their legislation, a coalition of governors from 29 states wants the federal government to take steps to boost wind energy. The bipartisan Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition made their recommendations in a report to Congress and the White...[read more]

Is there going to be a bipartisan climate, energy security, clean air and clean energy jobs bill this year?

January 27, 2010 by Joseph Romm

I wouldn’t want to mislead readers into thinking that it will be easy to get a climate bill this year.  Fundamentally, the politicians simply don’t understand the urgency on the climate science side, and they don’t understand it is a winning political issue with both progressives and independents in every single poll — unlike, say,...[read more]

Cap-and-trade = Mark Twain?

January 27, 2010 by John Whitehead

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham—the R in the D/R/I Senate’s tripartisan climate bill sandwich known as Kerry, Graham and Lieberman—is declaring the death of cap and trade in this New York Times article: “Realistically, the cap-and-trade bills in the House and the Senate are going nowhere,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of...[read more]