John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, will leave the administration later this winter, and plans to help President Biden’s campaign, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: Kerry, 80, thinks Biden’s reelection is the “single biggest” difference that can be made this year for climate progress at home and globally, a source close to the administration told Axios.
What’s happening: Kerry — former Secretary of State and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 — plans to help tell the climate story in the context of Biden’s campaign.
Kerry is working with White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients on transitioning out of government in the coming months (before spring).
What we’re hearing: Kerry met with Biden in the Oval Office on Wednesday to catch up after last month’s historic COP28 climate summit in Dubai.
In the conversation, Kerry emphasized his gratitude for the assignment, his belief that Biden has amassed a trailblazing climate record at home and globally, and his excitement about the difference renewed U.S. leadership has made globally over the past three years, the source said.
The big picture: Kerry faced a formidable challenge since his appointment was announced in November 2020, alongside Biden’s core national security team.
He needed to reestablish U.S. credibility on climate change after the Trump administration backed out of the Paris Agreement.