Watch: John Kerry - If Russia Can Wage a War, It Can Combat Climate Change

Craig Bannister | March 7, 2024
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“At this point, the Biden admin is like a continuous SNL skit,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday, commenting on video of the Biden Climate Czar John Kerry claiming that, if Russia can wage a war, they can fight climate change.

Kerry, the outgoing U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, made the claim during remarks at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday:

“I mean, if Russia has the ability to wage a war illegally, and invade another country, they ought to be able to find the effort to be responsible on the climate issue.”

People might “feel better” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, if it would just reduce its emissions, Kerry suggested:

“If Russia wanted to show good faith, they could go out and announce what their reductions are going to be and make a greater effort to reduce emissions now.

“And, maybe, that would open up the door for people to feel better about what Russia is choosing to do at this point in time.”


Kerry also bemoaned the fact that the war has prevented the U.S. from being able to “engage” Russia on the issue of climate:

“And unfortunately, because of the actions that Russia took in an unprovoked, illegal war against another nation, we have not been engaged in discussions with Russia, sadly.”

In a MSNBC interview last July, Kerry blamed the war in Ukraine for contributing to climate change:

“Lots of parts of the world are exacerbating the problem right now. But, when you have bombs going off, and you have damage to septic tanks or to power centers, etc., you have an enormous release of greenhouse gas, of methane, you know, all of the family of greenhouse gases.”

However, the former secretary of state said he was not advocating ending the war in order to combat climate change.