Biden named John Kerry as his climate envoy

Daily US Times Biden named John Kerry as his climate envoy
John Kerry was joined by his granddaughter when he signed the Paris climate agreement in 2016. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: US President-elect Joe Biden is to nominate John Kerry, one of the leading architects of the Paris climate agreement as his climate envoy.

Mr Keyy is former US Secretary of State and was one of several named for top positions by the Biden transition team on Monday.

It marks a big break with the Trump administration’s climate policy as Joe Biden makes good on his campaign pledge to tackle climate change.

The Biden transition team said the position would see Mr Kerry “fight climate change full-time”.

John Kerry is also set to be the first official dedicated to climate change to sit on the National Security Council.

Other key picks for his administration include long-time aide Antony Blinken as secretary of state.

According to media reports, former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will be the choice for treasury secretary.

The nomination comes as calls are growing for President Trump to concede the election.

He has made unproven claims of electoral fraud and is continuing to pursue legal challenges over the result.

Mr Biden is projected to beat Mr Trump by 306 electoral college votes to 232, which is far above the 270 votes he needs.

Mr Biden said in a statement following the announcement on Monday: “I need a team ready on day one to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team.”

Some of the positions require US Senate confirmation.

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