(USNewsMag.com) – On October 31, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) began in Glasgow, Scotland. President Joe Biden and a US delegation attended at least a couple of days of the event. Now, a Republican senator is demanding answers.
On November 1, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) sent letters to eight departments within the federal government to demand answers about their attendance at COP26. The senator questioned why the executive branch chose to attend the event in person if the point was to explore ways to reduce the carbon footprint on the planet.
Barrasso writes to Secs Granholm/Haaland/Buttigieg/Vilsack/Yellen asking for how many staff are attending climate conference in Glasgow & what is the carbon footprint of their travel
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 1, 2021
Barrasso asked each department head to break down the cost of travel to the event and report how many of their officials attended. He also wanted to know their carbon footprint for travel. The senator demanded to know if any of the officials who traveled overseas had worked from home more than half the time since the pandemic’s beginning. If so, Barrasso wanted to know why they traveled on the taxpayers’ dime.
The senator’s letters come days after 400 hundred private jets, including Air Force One, landed in Scotland. Travel by private jet is one of the most pollution-heavy modes. As the senator pointed out, it has a “tone of insincerity.”
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