Kerry, whose family’s private jet has reportedly emitted more than 300 metric tons of carbon since Biden took office, recently encouraged the Democratic Republic of Congo to withdraw from auctioning off certain blocks of oil and gas to protect rainforests.
“We know it’s urgent. I spoke yesterday with the Deputy Prime Minister and I will speak this afternoon with the President, but it is his decision,” Kerry said on Tuesday.
According to Reuters, the U.S. claims that opening up the land in question could unleash environmental ruin by releasing large amounts of heat-trapping gas into the air.
“We have clearly described our interest in protecting the forests,” Kerry added. “We have asked for some blocks to be removed from the auction.”
The Congo is one of the poorest nations in the world. It is riddled with poverty and corruption. Its government says that it needs to tap into the country’s abundant natural resources for its people and economy. Congolese environmental minister Eve Bazaiba was emphatic that children would starve if the Congo wasn’t allowed to auction off the oil blocks.