John Kerry Defends World Leaders Who Fly Private While Pushing Climate Action

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A conversation with President Joe Biden’s climate czar John Kerry took off when it turned to the use of private flights, a sore topic for jet-setting world leaders pushing the fight against global warming.

Ben Adler, senior climate editor at Yahoo News, broached the issue during an interview posted online on Friday, saying he read that Kerry “recently switched” from flying private to flying commercial.

“No, I didn’t fly private while I was in this job,” Kerry said, flatly rejecting the assertion. “It’s just a misnomer.”

Kerry, who became the nation’s first special presidential envoy for climate at the start of the Biden administration, said he has had “one, maybe two private flights, which were military flights in order to get to China during COVID.”

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