Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Tim Meads.
President Joe Biden's special climate envoy John Kerry is asking the world's poorest to cut back on oil and other fossil fuels for the sake of the planet.
Kerry, whose family's private jet has reportedly emitted more than 300 metric tons of carbon since Biden took office, recently encouraged the Democratic Republic of Congo to withdraw from auctioning off certain blocks of oil and gas to protect rainforests.
"We know it's urgent. I spoke yesterday with the Deputy Prime Minister and I will speak this afternoon with the President, but it is his decision,"
Kerry said on Tuesday.
According to Reuters, the U.S. claims that opening up the land in question could unleash environmental ruin by releasing large amounts of heat-trapping gas into the air.
"We have clearly described our interest in protecting the forests,"
Kerry added. "We have asked for some blocks to be removed from the auction."
The Congo is one of the poorest nations in the world. It is riddled with poverty and corruption. Its government says that it needs to tap into the country's abundant natural resources for its people and economy. Congolese environmental minister Eve Bazaiba was emphatic that children would starve if the Congo wasn't allowed to auction off the oil blocks.
"As much as we need oxygen, we also need bread,"
she said before the United Nations on Monday.
This isn't the first time Kerry has asked third-world countries to sacrifice for the greater global good in recent weeks.
In early September, the Heinz heiress's husband warned poorer nations in Africa that they would have to choose which sort of fossil fuel they wanted to power the continent.
"We are not saying no gas,"
Kerry said at a conference in Dakar, Senegal.
"What we are saying is, over the next few years, gas replaces coal or replaces oil,"
he added while promoting a transition to green energy.
For all his hot air about hot air, Kerry is not very good at his job.
American taxpayers do not know how much money he makes, but we know that his staff has discussed hiding "elements"
We also know that powerful countries like China have completely ignored his warnings. In September 2021, Kerry told Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng that there is "no way"
for the globe to defeat climate change without the Chinese Communist Party's "full engagement and commitment,"
according to NPR.
Since then, China has emitted record amounts of carbon, opened more coal plants, and paused communications with Kerry.
Now, the failed-presidential candidate is reduced to sending unanswered emails to his CCP counterpart Xie Zhenhua.
"I have emailed,"
Kerry recently explained. "He's not allowed to answer me, and it's very complicated ... And he hasn't."
Through it all, Kerry remains optimistic that he can wrangle the Red Dragon that is currently eating his lunch.
"They suspended - they didn't terminate,"
Kerry said of U.S.-China climate change diplomacy. "I really hope China will decide sometime in the next days it is worth coming back to this because we owe it to humankind."
Hope is not a strategy, so instead, Kerry will bully African nations to pick up China's slack while his boss promises them billions in taxpayer dollars if they forgo economic progress.
The views expressed in this piece are the author's own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.