Pete Buttigieg is off paternity leave for a trip to Scotland for United Nations’ climate summit

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will be coming back from paternal leave after weeks away from the job to go to Glasgow Scotland for the United Nations’ climate summit later this month. 

Breitbart News reported that Buttigieg will be one of 13 cabinet members going to the event as the United States suffers a crisis in its supply chain, as well as at the southern border.

Buttigieg has received backlash over going on paternal leave for several weeks after he and his partner adopted two infants as the nation faces one of its biggest supply chain disasters.

Other event attendees include Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, EPA Administrator Michael Regan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander, National Economic Council Director Brian Reese, and Biden’s climate advisors Gina McCarthy and John Kerry.

CNN’s coverage of the United States delegation referenced the group saying it was attending as a “show of strength at next month’s pivotal UN climate summit in Glasgow.”

“In Glasgow, the United States will showcase President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis,” a White House official told CNN.

“They will demonstrate the strength of the entire US government working in lock-step to reduce emissions and achieve our international climate commitments — and that the countries who take decisive action on climate will reap the economic and jobs benefits of the clean energy future.”

The official told CNN that the US delegation will attempt to push other countries to make moves that would keep 1.5 degrees of global warming within reach, as some scientists believe the earth is at a trajectory to reach 2.7 degrees. 

“The big question is whether Biden will be able to go to COP with concrete commitments from the US. Much of the president’s climate agenda depends on Congress, and whether it can pass the president’s massive budget and climate bill before COP26 starts,” CNN said in their article.

“The fate of that bill is uncertain, as negotiations between members of Biden’s own party drag on with little clarity on an end date. Some Democratic senators recently told CNN they are anxious about whether Congress will have passed critical climate investments before the international summit.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) weighed in saying, “I think it’s critical that we go to Glasgow with the package of President Biden’s proposals moving forward. I’m concerned about whether it gets done at all, and we can’t let that happen,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said. “America has to lead the world on this.”

Conservatives, however, are somewhat less impressed with the delegation, as Breitbart News reported on the day CNN revealed the members headed to Scotland. The publication reported that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was calling on President Joe Biden to fire Kerry due to information about his stake in a Chinese company that moves money into a business that has been blacklisted for abusing Uyghur Muslims in that country.

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