Former US Secretary of State John Kerry stated on Thursday that “it would be great if there were some” climate reparations paid by US taxpayers to other nations.
Climate reparations is a concept which claims the US owes money to other countries for “past historical emissions,” or burning fuel for the hundred years or so.
Kerry first raised the idea of “climate reparations” in his capacity as the “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate” in November, claiming the US was “totally supportive” of the idea.
Despite being the most bankrupt nation on Earth, Biden Climate Czar @JohnKerry says the U.S. is "totally supportive" of financing climate reparations for developing countries pic.twitter.com/rkdJKvRAwB
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 12, 2022
“So back on the loss and damage fund though, is there going to have to be US taxpayer money that helps the United States – presumably the united States is going to have to be one of the nations that contributes to the fund,” The Washington Post’s Sally Buzbee asked Kerry this week.
“Well, it would be great if there were some, uh-uh-uh, i-it’s – I mean the United States of America is proudly the largest humanitarian donor in the world,” Kerry replied.
Here is John Kerry saying "it'd be great" if taxpayers footed the bill for "climate reparations" to foreign countries pic.twitter.com/hNSo0l9DL0
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) December 8, 2022
Arguments for other forms of “reparations” have become increasing popular on the left in recent months.
In November, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee argued that giving black people “reparations” for slavery would have helped end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is no doubt that we have been impacted, that DNA, and the trans, the trajectory of slavery to today. For example, with COVID. Black African Americans have got COVID at a rate nearly one and half times higher than that of white people, or hospitalized at a rate nearly four times higher and three times likely to die,” she claimed.
“Interestingly, a recent peer reviewed study from Harvard medical school, Harvard medical school, suggests that reparations for African Americans could have cut COVID-19 transmission and infection rates both among blacks and the population at large,” Jackson Lee claimed.
“Reparations are curative. They are not punishment. The analysis continues to look at data throughout the nation,” she added.
This news and commentary by Gabriel Keane originally appeared on Valiant News.