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John Kerry Complains Russian Invasion of Ukraine Will Distract From ‘Climate Crisis’

'And so I hope President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate... '

(Headline USA) President Joe Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, complained this week that the Russian invasion of Ukraine could distract people from “the climate crisis.”

Asked during an interview with BBC Arabic what he thought of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Kerry said he was only worried about Ukraine because of what this conflict could do to the environmental movement.

“I’m concerned about Ukraine because of the people of Ukraine and because of the principles that are at risk, in terms of international law and trying to change boundaries of international law by force,” he said.

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The war itself could produce “massive emissions consequences,” Kerry continued. 

“It could have a profound negative impact on the climate obviously,” he said. “But equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus, you’re going to lose certainly big country attention because they will be diverted and I think it could have a damaging impact.”

Kerry said Putin should be just as concerned about the climate crisis because “the northern part of his country” is “frozen land.”

“Now it’s thawing and his infrastructure is at risk,” Kerry claimed. “And the people of Russia are at risk. And so I hope President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.”

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For all his talk about the climate crisis, Kerry regularly flies around on private jets, which release an enormous amount of carbon emissions into the environment. Some experts estimate that Kerry’s private jet burns roughly 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.

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