The news has just broken that, all things considered, it is quite likely that US President Barack Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry to be the country's next Secretary of State.Up until now, most people have believed that UN ambassador Susan Rice would be the one to replace Hillary Clinton, yet it seems that the ambassador has decided that perhaps it would be best for her to withdraw from contention.
Whether or not Susan Rice's decision to do so had anything to do with her being linked to the tar sands industry is a question bound to remain unanswered.
Turning back to the possibility of having Senator John Kerry become the next US Secretary of State, it must be said that, as far as some ordinary folks in this country are concerned, this potential change in the country's leadership proves that President Barack Obama is very much committed to figuring out ways of dealing with climate change and global warming.
As Think Progress explains, this is because Senator John Kerry is a so-called “climate hawk.”
This basically means that, from where he stands, both climate change and global warming constitute major threats to the country's long-term security and stability, and must be dealt with accordingly.
“Climate change is one of two or three of the most serious threats our country now faces, if not the most serious, and the silence that has enveloped a once robust debate is staggering for its irresponsibility,” the Senator argued during one of his previous speeches.
Because of this, climate change believers hope that John Kerry's becoming the next US Secretary of State will lead to greener-oriented policies as far as both national and international affairs are concerned.
“No senator since Al Gore knows as much about the science and diplomacy of climate change as Kerry. He would not only put climate change in the top five issues he raises with every country, but he would probably rethink our entire diplomatic approach to the issue,” international energy consultant David Goldwyn argued at one point.
An official announcement on this topic should be made before Christmas.