Podesta to Replace Kerry as Climate Envoy
The White House announced last week that long-time Democratic strategist John Podesta will become the U.S.’ top climate envoy once John Kerry steps down from the role, which he plans to do by early spring.
Podesta currently works in the White House overseeing clean energy spending under the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and he intends to retain that portfolio in his new role.
Podesta will hold a different title than Kerry, serving as senior adviser to the president for international climate policy at the White House instead of U.S. special presidential envoy for climate at the State Department.
That change evades a requirement Congress set in 2022 that State Department special envoys be confirmed by the Senate.