Kerry Cautions Regional Leaders about Energy choices

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‘DEAL APPROPRIATELY WITH THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND MAKE WISE ENERGY RESOURCES CHOICES BECAUSE THE FUTURE OF YOU AND YOUR COUNTRY MAY WELL DEPEND ON IT’

That was the caution issued last evening by US Secretary of State John Kerry to a high level meeting of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Energy Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean

The Secretary of State was addressing an audience which included Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley at a reception held ahead of Thursday’s U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit.

Mr. Kerry also praised a historic Paris Climate Agreement aimed at curbing the pace of global warming hailing it an “enormous signal” about the future.

The Secretary of State told the Caribbean and Latin American Leaders that the choices made with respect to energy will define whether their country is up and down.

Secretary of State Kerry drew laughter from the attendees at the reception when he made the light-hearted quip – that Energy choices will not only determine whether countries are moving in the right direction but it may also decide whether politicians in attendance are re elected.

Kerry noted that that dropping commodity prices poses an economic challenge for Latin American countries, many of whose economies are dependent on the sale of raw materials to China and the industrialized world.

According to the Secretary of State breaking that dependency means Latin American nations must embrace trade, encourage entrepreneurship and combat corruption.

The Secretary of State told the assembly of Regional leaders at the state department – “now, more than ever, citizens are making clear that corruption is not going to be tolerated,”

John Kerry’s remarks at the State Department opened the energy summit.

The address by the Secretary of State also signaled the closing of the 46th annual Washington Conference on the Americas.

The Washington Conference of the Americas was coordinated by the Council for the Americas. Dozens of foreign dignitaries and U.S. policymakers and business leaders were in attendance.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.