Yet another Democrat email scandal embroiled the White House as a probe was launched against climate czar John Kerry connected to a critical resource.
Embodying the “rules for thee but not for me” mentality so often attributed to leftist radicals, the jet-setting Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), Kerry, is facing new scrutiny connected to his crusade against coal.
Friday, in a letter directed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability chair Kentucky Rep. James Comer (R) raised the alarm over private communications between Kerry, the State Department, and “leftist environmental groups” in connection with globalist plans to abandon coal production as with the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) that the U.S. had joined in December.
“Thousands of documents since produced to the Committee contain ‘off the record’ email correspondence, calls, and meetings between leftist environmental groups, Envoy Kerry, the SPEC office, and the State Department, including PPCA discussions,” wrote Comer, having voiced concern over potential influence on foreign policy.
In one such email included in the letter to Blinken dated March 2, 2021, an official from the State Department had communicated with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeking input on the PPCA earning a response that read in part, “it has helped to drive countries to announce earlier coal plant closures through the process of qualifying to join the PPCA.”
Just this past December, in a statement delivered to the United Nations COP28 climate summit in Dubai, Kerry said, “To meet our goal of 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, we need to phase out unabated coal, and we urge the world to join us in doing so, while working to grow good-paying clean energy jobs.”
“Together with the Powering Past Coal Alliance, we will be working to accelerate unabated coal phase-out across the world, building stronger economies and more resilient communities. The first step is to stop making the problem worse: stop building new unabated coal power plants,” the climate czar added, having announced the United States’ participation in the PPCA.
As Comer indicated, “These documents raise significant concerns that confidential information related to U.S. foreign policy, energy policy, and national security policy, have been shared with these groups, including in off-the-record meetings with Envoy John Kerry.”
While Kerry’s office had declined to comment to The Hill, NRDC spokesperson Bob Deans, whose organization is vested in China, had offered, “The administration has a duty to protect its citizens against the rising costs and human devastation of dangerous heat waves, withering drought, species collapse and raging wildfires, storms and floods. That’s what this initiative is all about.”
A deadline of Jan. 19, 2024, was set for Secretary of State Antony Blinken to produce “All documents and communications between or among Envoy Kerry, the SPEC office representatives, the State Department, and the PPCA, including any correspondence confirming commitment of the U.S. to formally join the PPCA.”
Furthermore, citing another email with an array of environmental groups cc’d, Comer sought “The April 6, 2021 memo submitted by Sierra Club to the State Department, NRDC, E3G, Solutions for Our Climate, and World Resources Institute; and…All documents and communications between or among Envoy Kerry, the SPEC Office, the State Department, White House, nongovernmental organizations, or foreign government containing any or all” of the terms Powering Past Coal Alliance, PPCA or coal.