Leaning on a long list of former Obama administration officials, President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced nominations for top national security positions and also named former Secretary of State John Kerry to be his climate czar.
Kerry will officially become a special presidential envoy on climate. He will not need U.S. Senate confirmation for the job that will likely be an important role in a Biden administration.
It was eleven months ago when Kerry, the former secretary of state and Democratic senator launched a new coalition of powerbrokers to fight to address what they feel is a climate crisis.
Called World War Zero, the bi-partisan coalition includes former Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Hollywood types such as Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher. While they don’t support any particular initiative, the coalition members hope to convince people to act quickly to stop the increase of carbon emissions in the next 30 years.
Here is Biden’s full list announced Monday.
- Secretary of State: Tony Blinken
- National Security adviser: Jake Sullivan
- Director of National Intelligence: Avril Haines
- Department of Homeland Security Secretary: Alejandro Mayorkas
- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Linda Thomas-Greenfield
- Special presidential envoy on climate: John Kerry