Ranking Member Stabenow Congratulates Secretary Kerry on Climate Appointment

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding President-elect Joe Biden’s appointment of former Secretary of State John Kerry to serve as the first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

“Secretary Kerry is exceptionally qualified to serve as our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. He has been a leader on addressing the climate crisis for decades, and I know that he will do an excellent job. I look forward to working with him to further the bipartisan work that the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee is doing to address this urgent crisis. By harnessing our farms and forests we can protect our climate and grow our economy.”

Senator Stabenow has led the effort in the U.S. Senate to advance bipartisan climate policy that engages agriculture and forestry as part of the solution to the climate crisis. In June, she introduced the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act with U.S. Senator Mike Braun of Indiana to help break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets. In August, Senators Stabenow and Braun introduced the Rural Forests Markets Act to help small-scale, family foresters develop climate solutions and access new economic opportunities.