John Kerry’s former deputy calls for resignation of EPA Administrator over ‘anti-scientific’ climate report
Posted On June 19, 2021
Former Secretary of State John Kerry says he is calling for an independent investigation into the climate report that was released last month.
In a statement released Tuesday, Kerry called the report’s conclusions “anti-science.”
The statement came after Kerry said in a recent interview with MSNBC that he did not think climate change was caused by human activity, but that there is a lot of disagreement on that issue.
“I’m going to do a little digging and see if I can find any more evidence to support my views,” Kerry said, adding that “I would have to see what it is about it that is so troubling.”
Kerry was also asked in the interview about the report by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who said the EPA is trying to “hide behind a study” that was commissioned by coal-fired power plants, and not by the coal industry.
“What is going on here?”
“Well, it’s an anti-science report.
It’s an attempt to hide behind this study, and it’s not science at all,” Kerry replied.”
And I think that it is an attempt by some to put the coal and gas industries in a position of being able to say they’re not going to have to make the kind of decisions that are needed to solve the climate problem.”
Kerrey has faced criticism for his support of the coal companies during the 2008 election, and his support for coal production in his home state of Vermont in 2016, when he said he was not concerned about the coal mining jobs at the state’s plants.
The EPA’s study was published in a report by the nonprofit Institute for Policy Integrity (IPSI).
IPSI says it is not a government agency.
The study, called “Achieving Energy Independence through Climate and Energy Efficiency,” concluded that carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy are the leading causes of global warming.
Its authors include scientists at the University of Delaware and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now vice president of the Environmental Protection Agency.