(NewsReady.com) – On Sunday, October 31, the UN Climate Change Summit (COP26) kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland. The event has already attracted ire from critics who slammed the world’s elite for traveling onboard emissions cows — private jets — to get there. A Republican senator is now demanding answers from President Joe Biden and a US delegation attending the event.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) sent eight letters to administration officials on Monday. The lawmaker demanded a complete breakdown of both the environmental and financial costs of the Scotland trip. His letters went to the heads of the Transportation, Energy, Interior, Agriculture, and Treasury Departments, along with the NOAA, EPA, and USAID directors. The senator, a ranking member of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee, is confused as to why the US delegation is attending the event when they can’t attend virtually.
It is rather perplexing that in this new age of digital communication and during an ongoing pandemic, executive branch departments and agencies are unnecessarily choosing to contribute directly to carbon emissions and risk exposure to COVID-19. https://t.co/Iy9CFP9hCr
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) November 2, 2021
Barrasso demanded answers to the following questions from the officials:
- How many employees from each department attended, and what were their names?
- How much money is each department spending?
- Of the attendees, how many worked from home more than 50% of the time since March 2020?
- What’s the total carbon footprint from each department?
- Have any of the departments made an effort to reduce their footprint, and how much will it cost?
Barrasso gave the Biden administration until November 15, to answer the questions.
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