(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- John Kerry, the former Secretary of State under the Obama administration who is now President Joe Biden’s “climate czar,” predicted that the United States will stop burning coal by the end of this decade.
He made the prediction during an interview with John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief at Bloomberg, during the Glasgow COP26 climate summit.
“By 2030 in the United States, we won’t have coal,” he said, adding that there will be no more coal plants in the country.
It’s an ambitious goal, and one that’s hard to really commit to if you don’t know whether the Democrats will even still have control of Congress by this time next year. They don’t even know that the Democrats will still be in the White House by 2025 – and if former President Donald Trump makes another run, he could be pushing for the use of clean coal again.
Currently, the United States generates around 25% of its electricity from coal. Furthermore, some of the biggest power companies in the country have only committed to phase out fossil fuels by 2050 – and no sooner.
President Joe Biden has repeatedly pushed for this timeline to be brought forward, but his massive spending bills – that are designed to help the United States shift away from fossil fuels – have not yet passed through Congress. And, if members of his own party have anything to do it, then they won’t pass.
Moderate Democrat Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have both committed to not supporting the legislation as it stands, citing concerns about greater government spending worsening the inflation crisis.
“We’re saying we are going to be carbon-free in the power sector by 2035,” Kerry explained during the interview. “I think that’s leadership. I think that’s indicative of what we can do.”
Leadership? If he wants to lead from the front, maybe he shouldn’t be taking private jets to climate summits all over the world. Better yet, he could Skype in, instead.