Kerry Has Heated Interaction With Reporter In Switzerland
In a fiery response to a reporter’s question about his carbon footprint, John Kerry, President Biden’s climate czar, lashed out and called it a “stupid question.”
The confrontation occurred as Kerry was attending the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Davos, Switzerland, which focuses largely on environmental issues such as climate change and achieving net-zero goals. Kerry, who is in Davos to promote the global transition from fossil fuels to green energy, has faced criticism in the past for his own carbon footprint, including his use of a private jet owned by his family.
The incident occurred when Australian reporter Avi Yemini of independent outlet Rebel News, asked Kerry about the carbon footprint of his annual trips to Davos. The reporter also questioned whether it was worth it for “peasants to pay for his crimes.” Kerry, visibly agitated, responded by calling the question “stupid” and accusing Yemini of making up false accusations. Security personnel escorting Kerry between WEF events ultimately prevented Yemini from asking any further questions.
Yemini later stated in a social media post that Kerry had difficulty justifying his carbon footprint in attending the WEF conference each year. This confrontation comes just days after reports surfaced that Kerry was stepping down from his role as special presidential envoy for climate (SPEC) at the State Department, although he clarified that he was not retiring, but shifting his efforts.
Speculation had been mounting about Kerry’s future in the Biden administration, as the SPEC role is not a traditional Senate-approved position. Upon taking office, Biden had appointed Kerry to the newly-created role, giving him a spot in the president’s Cabinet and National Security Council. The role, which has a budget of $13.9 million and 45 personnel, has allowed Kerry to travel the globe attending high-profile climate summits and diplomatic engagements.
Critics have frequently pointed to Kerry’s extensive carbon footprint as a hypocritical stance for someone in his position. In July 2021, flight tracking data obtained by Fox News Digital showed that a Gulfstream GIV-SP jet owned by Kerry’s family made a total of 48 trips, emitting an estimated 715,886 pounds of carbon over the course of the Biden administration’s first 18 months. This came to light just one month after a previous report by Fox News Digital highlighted the jet’s carbon emissions, which resulted in harsh criticisms from lawmakers.
🚨CRAZY RAW FOOTAGE: John Kerry’s goons pounce after the US Special Presidential Envoy for CLIMATE found it difficult to justify his carbon footprint in attending the World Economic Forum each year in Davos.
— Avi Yemini (@OzraeliAvi) January 16, 2024
However, the Gulfstream jet was sold to an energy-focused hedge fund in New York City shortly after these reports surfaced. State Department spokesperson Whitney Smith confirmed the sale, stating that Kerry travels commercially in his current role. Critics have questioned the timing of the jet sale, suggesting that it was done in an attempt to deflect criticism and avoid further scrutiny.
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who chairs the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Accountability, has been a vocal critic of Kerry and his behavior. In a statement to Fox News Digital, Mast called Kerry an “unelected bureaucrat” making decisions that have a major impact on Americans, who are more concerned about the cost of gas for their cars than the cost of flying a jet to “King Charles’ coronation.”
Kerry’s tense exchange with the reporter in Davos has only added fuel to the criticisms surrounding his role, as well as his environmental track record. In response to the incident, some have called for more transparency and accountability from those in positions of power and influence, especially when it comes to addressing critical issues such as climate change. As Kerry continues to promote global action on climate change, his own actions and carbon footprint will likely continue to be scrutinized by both the media and the public.