Kerry told agency officials to try to “mobilize and leverage billion of dollars of funding” to transform energy economies.
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Secretary of State John Kerry, deeming climate change a “top-tier diplomatic priority,” has decided to make the controversial topic the subject of his first policy initiative and is instructing U.S. emissaries worldwide to push the agenda.
“Protecting our environment and meeting the challenge of global climate change is a critical mission for me as our country’s top diplomat,” Kerry wrote in his Policy Guidance, which was released Friday and marked his first since becoming secretary in February 2013.
“It’s also a critical mission for all of you: our brave men and women on the front lines of direct diplomacy,” he said.