“If [Biden’s staff] cannot go to work here in the U.S., they should not be permitted to attend extravagant conferences across the globe.”
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member John Barrasso has called for detailed information on the carbon footprint of Joe Biden’s trip to the COP climate Summit in Scotland, labelling it “bloated” and “counterproductive”.
Barrasso wrote to several Biden officials Monday, requesting information on how many staff are attending the conference and what that translates to in terms of carbon emissions.
“In addition to the staggering cost of the conference, I am concerned that what appears to be a bloated US delegation will prove counterproductive to the COP’s mission,” the Senator from Wyoming wrote.
He continued, ”These commitments strike a tone of insincerity as a majority of COP26 delegates will have contributed a significant amount of carbon emissions to attend COP26.”
Barrasso described it as “perplexing” that the summit wasn’t held virtually, given that everyone else in the world has had to conduct remote meetings during the pandemic.
“Executive branch departments and agencies are unnecessarily choosing to contribute directly to carbon emissions and risk exposure to COVID-19,” the Senator noted.
Barrasso also urged that “If [Biden’s staff] cannot go to work here in the U.S., they should not be permitted to attend extravagant conferences across the globe.”
As we noted yesterday, some FOUR HUNDRED private jets have landed ahead of the COP 26 summit.
Biden first traveled to Rome with his entourage which includes an 85 vehicle motorcade, before heading to Scotland.