Former Secretary of State John Kerry, President Joe Biden's special envoy for climate, has not set a good example for his new position, according to former Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
Appearing on Fox News Network on Tuesday, Perry was asked about Kerry's suggestion that Keystone XL pipeline workers, out of work due to a Biden executive order, could become employed by making solar panels.
"First off, John Kerry is a pretty poor spokesperson for the climate business when he hops on his private jet and then leaves a trail of emissions that is about 40 times more than what it would be if he flew first class on a, you know, United Airlines going somewhere, American Airlines, one of our great airlines," Perry said, per the Daily Caller.
"Matter of fact, they probably need the work right now. So it just doesn't square good with me."
Fox News reported last week that a private jet owned by Kerry produced as much carbon emissions in the past year as 36 typical passenger cars would in the same period.
Perry, a former governor of Texas, said he believed many Americans genuinely cared about the climate and wanted to help preserve the planet. But, he added, Kerry was not setting the best example.
"Listen, if you're going to parrot this line that we've gotta do things to help the climate out, for God's sake, man, get off your private jet and go travel with the rest of the folks out there if you're going to move around," Perry said.
According to Perry, the solar panels Kerry had suggested oil workers should produce primarily were manufactured in China.
"The idea that he can so parsimoniously sit there and say, 'Well, they can go get a job over in the solar panel business.' Well, most of those folks along that pipeline can't relocate to China," Perry said. "Because that's where most of those solar panels are being constructed."
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