John Kerry’s most urgent task as international envoy for climate change, experts have said, will be restoring America’s credibility as a reliable partner. But credibility comes at a price. In this case, at least $2 billion. That’s the amount still unfulfilled from the $3 billion pledge that President Barack Obama made in 2015 to the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations program to help poorer countries address climate change, after President Trump halted payments in 2017. Mr. Biden in his climate plan specifically pledged to “recommit the United States to the Green Climate Fund” and fulfill that promise.
By Lisa Friedman. Climate Fwd: The New York Times. November 25, 2020.