Special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry said that the US and China need to work together to combat climate change, and that the work on that problem needs to happen despite various other issues between the two countries.
“Now, with respect to China, obviously we have serious differences with China on some very, very important issues,” former Secretary of State Kerry said, noting he is very familiar with those differences. “Those issues will never be traded for anything that has to do with climate.”
Kerry called climate a stand-alone issue that they have to deal on considering the US, China and the EU make up more than 50% of the emissions worldwide.
“So it's urgent that we find a way to compartmentalize, to move forward, and we'll wait and see but President Biden is very, very clear about the need to address the other issues with China. And I know some people have been concerned. Nothing is going to be siphoned off into one area from another,” Kerry added.
National climate advisor Gina McCarthy said that one of the issues the US faces with China is shifting to clean energy that manufactured in America, not other countries. McCarthy praised President Biden’s “Buy America” pledge as a good first step in addressing this to both combat climate change and also advance job growth in America.
Kerry: We have a big agenda in front of us on a global basis: