John Kerry, Gina McCarthy and Biden’s Climate Team

“The long-term energy future of America is not going to be written in fossil fuels,” declared John Kerry last April. President Biden recently appointed the former Secretary of State to a top position in his climate cabinet - United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Joe Biden did not start his campaign as the “climate candidate.” But as he starts his second month as president, he is looking at everything through a climate lens – from jobs and infrastructure to international diplomacy, public health and social justice. “He really is a person who was engaged somewhat in climate, but I don't think it was as yet sort of ingrained into him,” said former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Well, it is now!” McCarthy and Kerry are just two of the climate leaders that President Joe Biden has tapped to put his ambitious climate plan into action. In this program, we revisit conversations with these and other Climate One guests from the past year that have been named to prominent roles in the Biden-Harris administration. Speakers: Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington Gina McCarthy, Former President & CEO, NRDC Action Fund John Kerry, Former U.S. Senator and Former Secretary of State Sonia Aggarwal, Former Vice President of Energy, Energy Innovation Brian Deese, Former Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, BlackRock Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One