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WASHINGTON, D.C (LifeSiteNews) – President Joe Biden appointed the wife of his chief of staff to a new role as ambassador for plants and animals.

“For the first time, the United States is designating a special diplomat to advocate for global biodiversity amid what policymakers here and overseas increasingly recognize as an extinction crisis,” the Washington Post reported on Thursday, under the headline “In a first, U.S. appoints a diplomat for plants and animals.”

“Secretary Antony Blinken has designated Monica P. Medina as the United States’ Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources, signaling the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to resolving the world’s intertwined biodiversity and water crises,” the State Department announced Wednesday. “Monica Medina is the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and will take on the Special Envoy designation in addition to her current duties.”

Medina is the wife of Biden Chief of Staff Ron Klain. The Post was criticized for initially omitting Medina’s connection to Klain. As chief of staff, Klain oversees appointments and personnel decisions.
Plants and animals need a dedicated ambassador because of the current “climate crisis,” the State Department claimed.
“Decades of evidence shows that water security is essential to global efforts to increase equity and economic growth, build inclusive and resilient societies, bolster health and food security, decrease the risk of conflict or instability, and tackle the climate crisis,” the news release stated. “Meanwhile, environmental stressors, like the climate crisis, nature crime – including illegal logging, mining, land conversion, and wildlife trafficking – have deep and detrimental impacts on the biodiversity of our planet and the availability of clean and safe water for human use.”

Medina has previously expressed support for the radical Green New Deal agenda pushed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other socialists. It proposed a complete remaking of the economy with the goal of eliminating cheap and plentiful oil, gas, and coal. “The plan aims to fundamentally transform how Americans produce energy, harvest crops, raise livestock, build homes, drive cars, and manufacturer goods. Essentially, the way we all live our lives, all within 10 years,” the conservative Heritage Foundation explained.

Medina championed this “bold plan” to remake the economy in a 2019 Huffington Post opinion piece.

“A bold plan to transition to a green economy will both put Americans to work and reduce pollution that keeps millions of the working poor sick and trapped in poverty,” she wrote. “Kids will miss fewer days of school due to respiratory illness, parents will miss fewer days of work, and working a full-time job will pay a livable wage.”

“And action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to lower the probability that devastating fires, hurricanes and floods will become even more frequent occurrences,” she argued.

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