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John Kerry says the US and China haven't done enough for climate change, must work together

"It's just that we're not, all of us, doing enough, and we're not doing enough fast enough," Kerry said.

Published: April 22, 2023 4:04pm

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that China and the U.S. have to work together to combat climate change and that the two countries are currently not doing enough. 

"There's no way that any one country can solve this crisis and, particularly, if we are large emitting nations," he said during an MSNBC interview with correspondent Andrea Mitchell. 

"So it is imperative that China and the United States find a way to cooperate with respect to the climate crisis," he continued. 

"We're seeing the price of wind and solar coming down still, even as the technology is getting better," he added. "And it's going to be far more price competitive than oil and gas if they have to spend huge amounts of money for carbon capture and storage and utilization."

Kerry was sworn in as the nation's first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate in 2021 in the Biden administration.

He emphasized in the interview that emissions were the main problem when it comes to climate change. 

"Everybody understands that in the world – that the emissions are the problem. It's the way we burn our fuel. It's the way we heat our homes. It's the way we move our vehicles," Kerry said. 

He noted that the Biden administration is discussing more options on how to combat climate change. 

"It's just that we're not, all of us, doing enough, and we're not doing enough fast enough," Kerry concluded.

Last year China approved the highest number of new coal-fired power plants since 2015, the equivalent of two new coal plants per week, according to CNN.

"China's emissions are more than double those of the United States, and though the country's leaders have previously vowed to cut back on carbon, its reliance on coal poses a significant challenge," the outlet reported. 

Charlotte Hazard is a reporter at Just the News. Follow her on Twitter. 

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