Asked at the recent COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference how he has addressed with Chinese officials the issue of Uyghur slave labor, Biden administration climate czar John Kerry raised eyebrows when he declared, “That’s not my lane here. … My job is to be the climate guy, and stay focused on trying to move the climate agenda forward.”
“He keeps saying basically, ‘I’m the climate guy, don’t look at me,’ which is just so embarrassing and shameful on this issue,” former Trump administration official Amanda Rothschild commented in response.
Republicans say Kerry has also been lobbying against bipartisan legislation that would ban the import of any Chinese goods made with Uyghur slave labor from entering the United States, including solar panels. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who introduced the legislation, wrote in an op-ed last month, “Kerry has been working against my legislation, and has convinced President Joe Biden to stay silent on the bill.”
Although Kerry has argued that sanctioning Chinese companies manufacturing solar panels would affect getting Chinese cooperation on climate change, it appears he may have a financial interest in the matter as well, reports Breitbart News.
According to Kerry’s financial disclosure submitted in February, he and his wife have $1,000,000 invested in Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P., which is part of the Hillhouse investment group that is a top shareholder in a Chinese solar panel company that works with companies known to be using forced labor.
“John Kerry’s financial entanglements are real, and his dismissal of Uyghur slave labor is shocking,” said Peter Schweizer, Breitbart News senior contributor and author of Secret Empires. It’s pretty clear that the Biden Administration is going to give Beijing a free pass on human rights in the name of a climate change agreement with China that can’t and won’t be enforced,” Schweizer added.