John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, arrives at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool)
UPDATED 8:33 AM PT – Thursday, September 23, 2021
John Kerry has continued to justify the importance of focusing on so-called climate change. In an interview from Wednesday, he danced around a question on the effort to protect human rights, specifically China’s genocide of its Uyghur minority.
His response was “life is always full of tough choices” and compared Joe Biden’s push to cooperate with China with former President Ronald Reagan’s success with the Soviet Union in 1986. Kerry said prioritizing climate is still the administration’s number one goal despite the ongoing human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province.
“We have to find a way forward to make the world safer, to protect our countries and act in our interests,” stated the White House dubbed climate envoy. “We can do and must do the same thing now. Yes, we have issues, a number of different issues. But first and foremost, this planet must be protected. We all need to do that for our people.”
Kerry added that if China is able to cooperate with the U.S. on climate issues, it could lead to the potential for conversations on other issues.