GOP Senators Call Biden Flying to Climate Summit Hypocrisy, Demand Emissions Tally

GOP Senators Call Biden Flying to Climate Summit Hypocrisy, Demand Emissions Tally GOP Senators Call Biden Flying to Climate Summit Hypocrisy, Demand Emissions Tally US President Joe Biden and US first lady Jill Biden board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on October 28 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 02 November 2021 07:18 PM

A group of Republican senators are demanding that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide a report of the carbon emissions released as a result of President Joe Biden flying himself, 13 political appointees, and administration staff to Glasgow, Scotland, for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

The letter signed on Tuesday by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va demanded the GAO's Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, release a report that would detail the amount of emissions spewed due to flying Biden, his appointees, and staff to and from COP26.

"We write to you today requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) collect and provide information to Congress on the total amount of carbon emissions required to transport President Biden, the 13 U.S. political appointees, and any and all Administration support staff who attend this conference," the senators' letter read.

Earlier this week, Biden traveled to Glasgow to attend the climate summit COP26. According to FOX News, the summit is expected to attract roughly 30,000 individuals, which has sparked debate over COVID-19 and vaccine mandates.

"While President Biden continues to target American energy with harmful policies, he and his staff continue to rely on fossil-fuel transportation. In the interest of transparency, we would like an answer to understand the total amount of emissions linked to the transportation to and from COP26 for Biden Administration officials," the senators continue.

But the senators also add that Biden's closing of the Keystone XL pipeline and removing sanctions brought on by Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline is an attack on American energy independence.

"The result of this policy is that we are now more dependent on foreign adversaries for the energy to run America," the letter continues.

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