Politics 12 top U.S. officials to join Biden at major climate conference
Democrats are fumbling their chance at climate action — and we'll all pay the price
What’s been happening with the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the budget reconciliation bill in Congress the last few weeks is terrifying. © Greg Nash/Getty Images Democrats are fumbling their chance at climate action — and we'll all pay the price Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are threatening to sabotage the Democrats' chance at passing meaningful climate legislation, probably for many years to come. And given that we have zero years left with which to address the climate crises, we find ourselves in a serious situation.
The Biden administration will send a host of Cabinet and other top officials to the international climate conference in Glasgow next month, in addition to the president himself, a White House official confirmed to The Hill.
Joining President Biden will be two top climate aides and officials: Special Climate Envoy John Kerry and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.
In addition, they'll be joined by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Rick Spinrad and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander.
This is America’s last, best chance for decisive climate action
Democrats might never get another opportunity like this — and the planet certainly won’t. Democratic leaders are trying to pass two major pieces of legislation — the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the up to $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act — that they say can slash US pollution by up to 45 percent in the coming decade.
The attendees were first reported by , which obtained a schedule, and were confirmed to The Hill by a White House official.
At the Glasgow conference, known as COP26, countries are expected to negotiate the future of climate action.
Biden has sought to demonstrate U.S. leadership on the issue, announcing in April that the U.S. would aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 when compared to 2005 levels.
But there are about whether the U.S. can live up to its commitments, especially as the White House and Congress struggle to get a spending package - which has major investments to tackle climate change - across the finish line.
How federal agencies can protect against climate threats .
Last week, 23 federal agencies published climate adaptation plans to help protect their facilities and operations from floods, storms and wildfires.The concrete climate adaptation plans developed by the Departments of Transportation, Defense Education and 20 other agencies are a good first step. Now agencies are faced with the challenging task of executing these plans as climate change intensifies and climate risks increase.