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Climate change reporter defends world leaders flying to Dubai for summit

Axios’ senior climate correspondent on Sunday argued that world leaders need to fly in rather than meet virtually to “move the needle” at the latest climate change summit.

The United Nations’ COP28 opened on Thursday, with several high-profile individuals, including the president’s special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, flying to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to attend.

World leaders and climate change advocates are frequently accused of the hypocrisy of using carbon-emitting aircraft (often commercial) to attend these rallies, but climate change Correspondent Andrew Friedman defended the move as necessary.

“To all of you who are complaining about world leaders flying in to attend conferences on climate change, you are not saying anything original. In fact, 190 countries… You can’t have a Zoom call with someone, and face-to-face conversations are what move things the most,” Friedman wrote to X.

US pledges to shut down coal-fired power plants during COP28

Climate change protests at the European Union Congress were repeatedly interrupted by climate change activists. (FOX News Digital)

Many other social media users mocked Friedman’s post and accused him of hypocrisy by suggesting that world leaders cannot adapt to Zoom calls.

“This is not original because these elitist hypocrites have been doing the same thing for years. But the problem isn’t that they can’t follow their lectures, it’s that I “It’s good that we realized that. Is Zoom off the table? American workers have been managing to get by during the pandemic,” Red State writer Brad Slager wrote.

Conservative commentator Steve Guest said, “Axios climate correspondent says ‘elites’ don’t need to worry about their own climate hypocrisy because they’re polluting on their way to climate conferences.” “I think this is typical of your rules, but it’s not.” For me. “

Fellow Republican communicator Matt Whitlock said, “‘Moving the needle’ means that unelected bureaucrats are collaborating with international elites to ensure that climate change is not materially affected. It means inventing absurd new regulations and ways to raise costs for everything in our lives.”

“Someone please think of a special plane to fly the climate oligarchy,” joked Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller.

Collage of John Kerry and coal-fired power plant smoke

John Kerry, the US presidential special envoy for climate change, spoke at COP28 and reiterated the US commitment to shutting down coal plants. (Getty Sean Gallup and Mark Wilson)

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Criticism is regularly raised at the annual climate summit of world leaders who advocate for tougher policies while simultaneously making several trips on private jets. The Biden administration came under fire earlier this year after several Cabinet members, including the vice president, were confirmed to attend.

In a series of letters, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said, “Significant numbers of Biden officials have been spending taxpayer money around the world to advocate for these anti-fossil fuel initiatives. I will be traveling to.” “Of course, they will be using fossil fuels and increasing their own carbon footprint during their travels.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (left) and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (right) answer questions about the administration's decision to send a U.S. delegation led by John Kerry to the ongoing United Nations climate change summit. I'm alone.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (left) and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (right) were among those asked about the Biden administration’s decision to send a U.S. delegation led by John Kerry to the United Nations climate change summit. . (Getty Images)

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