Sec. Kerry, Keep Leading on the Environment

Today, the first of February, United States Senator John Kerry will assume the office of Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Secretary of State Kerry not only brings to the president’s cabinet years of experience in foreign relations, but he also possesses an immense understanding of environmental issues, especially climate change.

In 1992, Mr. Kerry attended the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. And he actually met his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, at an Earth Day rally in 1990. (Earth Day really does bring people together!)

In addition to authoring a book with his wife on the environment titled This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future, Senator Kerry has had a stellar voting history in the U.S. Senate.  He has earned a 91% lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard. From voting against storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain to voting against the Keystone XL pipeline and offshore drilling, John Kerry has been a national leader when it comes to protecting the Earth. Yet not only is this Secretary of State a protector of the planet, he has kept his gaze toward a sustainable energy future by voting for alternative energy tax incentives.

But now, it is likely to be his work on climate change as Secretary of State that will ultimately come to define his legacy. It is our hope that with his track record on the environment he will be empowered to open up a new front on the world stage for the U.S. to negotiate with other countries and intergovernmental organizations and strengthen U.S. leadership in the green economy.