History testifies that John Kerry is not the best negotiator that the U.S. has put to the field for their Special Climate Envoy. Biden administration seems to convey that it is one of the subjects they are not very concerned about to get a good deal out of, and merely wish to put up an eyewash.
The American interest has been crucified under his unable leadership time and again, from the blunders at the Iran Nuclear Deal, where he was trusted with the job of getting the deal signed, which would bind the theocratic regime. He miserably failed at the same, and rather ended up giving millions of taxpayer dollars to the sinister regime, used to fund nefarious activities, in desperation to get any set of papers signed, and obligations later the
Iranian officials blatantly recused themselves. Post that in 2013, Kerry’s negotiation skills let the country down when Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad slipped through the fingers of officials to be pinned for use of chemical weapons against his country’s own citizens. He left the center stage to be occupied and dictated by Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
This became a key weapon for Russians to use the Syrian ground to conduct atrocious activities and bombardments. However, U.S.’s John Kerry did a joint Press Conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, implying that the U.S. was aware and supportive of the Russian violations in Syria.
With the background of these incidents, there was not much hope going into the climate summit negotiations, and these expectations were lived up to. The ambiguously worded document that U.S. and China signed in Glasgow, Scotland puts the burden of performance squarely on America.
The saving grace is that the document is non-binding, and should ideally not be approved in Congress when put to vote. It states only that both the U.S. and China will take unspecified “enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s … in accordance with different national circumstances.”
It also contained, “the importance of the commitment made by developed countries” to spend $100 billion on climate change —playing in favor of China as it comes under the technical definition of a “developing” country.