‘Climate Czar’ John Kerry can’t answer a question about his Staff or Private Jet

‘Climate Czar’ John Kerry can’t answer a question about his Staff or Private Jet


Why the long face, John Kerry?

The former Secretary of State and current “Climate Czar” looked most unhappy [] as he appeared before a Congressional hearing.

No wonder. It seems Kerry never expected to actually be questioned about his special role.

Indeed he seems to have thought that the position given to him by the President not only entitled him to year-round perks, but to lifelong immunity from criticism.

Kerry has been in his role since January 2021.

Since that time his office has said that he reports simply and solely to the President.

During his time in office he has jetted around the world to explain why other people shouldn’t use jets.

He was in Davos again this January where he likened his crusade against the “climate crisis” to the Allies’ fight against the Nazis in World War II.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on July 13, 2023.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on July 13, 2023. Rod Lamkey/CNP/MediaPunch

Quite an image he has of himself!

Kerry also crops up in the most surprising places.

In March of this year he inexplicably appeared as the President´s right-hand man during a visit to Mexico.

Biden has often talked of Kerry as his best friend. But why did the two of them need to make that jaunt together?

Isn’t it a matter for the actual Secretary of State – Antony Blinken – if anyone?

Well, we mere members of the public weren’t meant to know the answers to these questions and until yesterday nobody was even allowed to ask them.

For the last two and a half years in the role all we knew is that John Kerry has a budget of $16.7 million a year to run his Czar-dom.

Nobody knows how many staff he actually has working for him, but his “proposed staff” is 45 people.

Which Kerry’s office has pointed out is the same size as the office set up to defeat ISIS. Not the best comparison to make.

For while ISIS are all but dead, it isn’t at all clear what John Kerry has given the American taxpayer for their money.

Not accountability, that’s for sure.

Appearing before the Congressional committee yesterday Kerry was positively furious even to be asked about the people who worked for him.

Republican Florida Rep. Brian Mast got out a chart of Kerry’s office and tried to get Kerry to fill in some — any — of the blank names on it.

Who works for him?

“I would love to know the names of the individuals that actually answer to you” said Mast, not unreasonably. “Who is your deputy envoy for climate?” Mast went on.

Kerry refused to answer Rep. Brian Mast's question about who exactly works for him.

Kerry refused to answer Rep. Brian Mast’s question about who exactly works for him. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Kerry was loathe even to answer this simple line of questioning.

He gave out the names of two deputies — Rick Duke and Sue Biniaz, the second of whom he praised as “one of the most experienced negotiators in the world”.

But otherwise Kerry stonewalled.

“You’re not going to tell us who’s working at your office?” asked Mast.

“I’m not going to go through them name by name” Kerry kept insisting, appealing to State Department processes.

But the worst questioning was yet to come.

Kerry only named Rick Duke and Sue Biniaz as staff members.

Kerry only named Rick Duke and Sue Biniaz as staff members.Rod Lamkey/CNP /MediaPunch

And that was on the inevitable question of hypocrisy.

Whatever your stance on global warming, the extent to which it is man-made or in man’s (in particular America’s) gift to solve it, there is one thing that everybody can agree on. Nobody likes a hypocrite.

So it was inevitable and delicious when the issue of the Kerry family’s private jet came up.

Kerry raised it himself, dismissing the idea that he flies around the world on a private jet as a “persistent lie.”

Strong. Convincing even. Were it not for the facts.

“I don’t own a private jet,” insisted Kerry. “I’ve personally never owned a private jet.”

But there was one teensy little missing detail there which was promptly provided by Rep Mike Waltz.

In February this year, he noted, it was reported that the Kerry family recently sold their private jet after accusations of climate hypocrisy.

Given that fact, did John Kerry stand by his previous statement — made under oath?

Oh, it suddenly all came flooding back to the former Senator.

“My wife owned a plane,” he said, as though plucking the memory from the distant past.

And how we all must surely sympathize with him. It could have happened to anyone. 

Kerry said it was a “persistent lie" that he owned a private plane — before later clarifying that his wife owned a jet.Kerry said it was a “persistent lie” that he owned a private plane — before later clarifying that it was his wife who owned a jet.ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images

It is easy to forget what you own when you’re married to a Heinz. 

You could say Kerry suddenly remembered about his family jet in Heinz-sight.


Header featured image (edited) credit: Kerry/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

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