Exclusive: Biden sending 12 cabinet members, high-level officials to UN climate summit in show of force

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According to a program obtained by Granthshala, the president is sending 12 cabinet members and senior administration officials, including his top domestic and international climate advisers Gina McCarthy and John Kerry.

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Biden also plans to attend the convention.

Kerry, who is Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate and has been involved in climate diplomacy around the world for the past year, will attend the entire duration of the conference. McCarthy and Biden will participate at the start of the conference to emphasize what the US is doing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and Biden’s commitment to reduce emissions 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. Will affect the goal of the Paris climate agreement.


In addition to Carey and McCarthy, officials in attendance are: Secretary of State Tony Blinken; Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm; EPA Administrator Michael Regan; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Interior Secretary Deb Haaland; Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; USAID Administrator Samantha Power; NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad; and Eric Lander, Office of the Director of WH Science and Technology Policy.

“In Glasgow, the United States will demonstrate President Biden’s entire government approach to tackling the climate crisis,” a White House official told Granthshala. “They will demonstrate the strength of the entire US government working in lock-step to reduce emissions and achieve our international climate commitments – and that countries that take decisive action on climate will be the key to a clean energy future economic.” and reap the benefits of jobs.”

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The White House official said US officials would encourage other countries to take decisive action to keep 1.5 degrees of global warming within reach, especially as the world is currently on track to reach 2.7 degrees of global warming without significant emissions cuts. is on a trajectory.

US climate action is on the line as talks in Congress reach fever pitch
The big question is whether Biden will be able to move into the COP with concrete commitments from the US. Much of the president’s climate agenda depends on Congress, and whether it can pass the president’s big budget and climate bill before COP26 begins. The fate of that bill is uncertain, as talks between members of Biden’s own party run with little clarity on the deadline.
Some Democratic senators recently told Granthshala they are concerned about whether Congress will pass significant climate investments ahead of the international summit.

“It’s a real concern,” Democratic Sen. Chris Koons of Delaware told Granthshala. “I think it’s important that we go to Glasgow with President Biden’s package of proposals.”

“I’m concerned about whether this is done at all, and we can’t let that happen,” Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkle told Granthshala. “America has to lead the world on this.”


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