Energy Policy Advocates Files Suit Against State Department Seeking “Special Climate Envoy” Kerry’s Ethics, Recusal Records

Reposted from Government Accountability & Oversight

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Other agencies have complied re lower-ranking officials, but not for Kerry, McCarthy

Today, the nonprofit governmental transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (EPA) filed an open records lawsuitagainst the United States Department of State seeking records including and relating to the required ethics clearance and recusal process for Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry, who is employed by or at minimum under the ethics supervision of the Department of State.

For example, “The State Department’s Ethics Office reviewed Special Presidential Envoy Kerry’s assets and investments upon his appointment to identify holdings that could pose a significant risk of a conflict of interest,” a State Department spokesperson wrote in a statement to ABC News. “Special Presidential Envoy Kerry agreed to divest the assets identified by the Ethics Office and has done so.” Soo Rin Kim, Lucien Bruggeman, and Libby Cathey, “New climate envoy John Kerry sold off energy holdings to avoid conflict of interest, disclosures show,” ABC News, April 30, 2021. However, recent reports suggest that Kerry maintains certain investments which could compromise his ability to deal in a straightforward and non-conflicted manner with one of his primary targets for diplomacy, the Peoples Republic of China. See, e.g., Sen. Marco Rubio, “Sen. Marco Rubio: It’s time to fire John Kerry, Biden’s ethically challenged climate czar,” Fox News, October 15, 2021.

To understand State’s unexplained claim of “unusual circumstances” in delaying a response to EPA’s request, EPA submitted a subsequent FOIA request to State requesting all correspondence from its foiaacknowledgement@groups.state.gov email account used for these purposes which includes the term “unusual circumstances”, dated over a six-week period from July 1, 2021, through August 12, 2021, inclusive. EPA noted “this is a simple request. It should cost little to no time or other resources to process, expeditiously.” State also has not responded to this.

As EPA noted in its request, “The requested information is of great public interest for its relevance to the Biden Administration’s ethics policies and procedures and compliance therewith.” EPA Executive Director Rob Schilling comments, “Special ‘Climate’ Envoy Kerry has apparently been given the role of de facto Secretary of State, pushing one of the biggest priorities of the Biden administration including offering wealth transfers and promises of economic constraints. Bureaucrats in Washington assure us that Kerry divested from investments that might have caused a conflict of interest for him in his new role as a US climate negotiator, but the State Department is sitting on the documents that will prove whether any conflict remains or how closely tied Kerry is to Chinese interests. We filed suit because we think the public deserves to know what he disclosed and the parameters of his recusals.”

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H B
November 1, 2021 6:21 pm

Remwmber Kerry is the dufus who wants to take all the carbon dioxide out of the air

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  H B
November 2, 2021 4:35 am

Kerry is soon to earn his Purple Heart and not for service in Vietnam.

Mike Dubrasich
November 1, 2021 6:31 pm

Conflict Of Interest describes the entire Biden Administration. Bought and paid for by America’s enemies.

Scissor
Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
November 1, 2021 6:34 pm

Want to buy a Hunter Biden original?

H.R.
Reply to  Scissor
November 1, 2021 7:07 pm

I already bought mine. Got it cheap. Only $850,000.

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John the Econ
November 1, 2021 9:23 pm

Considering that the oft stated goal of the Progressive climate agenda is to totally reconfigure the economy, I’d argue that Kerry should be 100% divested of every financial instrument with the exception of cash. Of course, inflation will destroy the value of that soon enough.

2hotel9
November 2, 2021 3:12 am

Does anyone really think this will do anything of any use to real human beings?

Peta of Newark
November 2, 2021 3:30 am

So they’re working under the assumption that Leopards Change Their Spots

‘xcuse me, what planet are we on here?
That the guy ever had anything that could/would/should ‘be divested‘ should have ruled him out of the job from the very outset

So why Kerry, is that hypocritical horse-faced mendacious goon REALLY the crème de la crème or the best you could find?

notta lotta hope is there………

Sara
Reply to  Peta of Newark
November 2, 2021 8:13 am

If we could just find a way to move them all to Titan, I’d be happy.

meab
Reply to  Sara
November 2, 2021 9:42 am

Is that a reference to the Tom Cruise movie “Oblivion”?

Sara
Reply to  meab
November 2, 2021 10:57 am

Nah, just me being annoyed by it all. They need their Very Own Special Place.

PaulH
November 2, 2021 5:43 am

The group Energy Policy Advocates call themselves the EPA? I think they should rethink that and perhaps choose a different name.

rbabcock
Reply to  PaulH
November 2, 2021 6:25 am

I disagree. Everything they put out under “EPA” will be considered by the enviro groups to be coming from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Most of them aren’t bright enough to distinguish one from the other, so press releases exposing Kerry et al will put them in a state of real confusion. I think it’s ingenious.

PaulH
Reply to  rbabcock
November 2, 2021 8:49 am

You might have a point 🙂

bill Johnston
Reply to  rbabcock
November 2, 2021 10:03 am

Is this supposed to be published by The Bee?

Sara
November 2, 2021 8:12 am

Kerry has ethics? Since when?????

Peter Barrett
November 2, 2021 12:12 pm

Hoping for a windy day in Glasgee town so we can watch his wig bowling down Broomielaw like the tumbleweed it is.

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