COP26: Joe Biden arrives in Glasgow for climate summit
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US President Joe Biden’s fleet could be seen travelling from Edinburgh to the COP26 summit in Glasgow yesterday – including by a naked man who reportedly stood in the front window of what is believed to be his house while taking photos of the motorcade, the White House has revealed.
BBC reporter Jon Sopel tweeted a line “from the White House pool report” of Biden’s car journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow that read: “At one point when we were still on smaller country roads, a large, naked Scottish man stood in his front window taking a picture of the motorcade with his phone.”
Mr Sopel added: “Welcome to Scotland, Mr President.”
The specific location where the picture was taken and the identity of the naked man remain unknown.
It follows heavy criticism for the President’s tremendous carbon footprint while travelling to and around Europe.
His journey to the G20 and COP26 summits is expected to produce some 2.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide.
The White House on Sunday announced it had struck a deal with the European Union to reduce greenhouse emissions from the steel industries.
On Monday, the US unveiled a strategy for achieving “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a move with which it intends to eliminate or offset all of its climate pollution.
And on Tuesday, the Biden administration launched a wide-ranging plan to reduce methane emissions, which contribute significantly to global warming and whose short-term impact is even more damaging than that of carbon dioxide.
Mr Biden said: “One of the most important things we can do in this decisive decade — to keep 1.5 degrees in reach — is reduce our methane emissions as quickly as possible.”
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It came amid acknowledgements of a stark reality. “None of us can escape the worst that is yet to come if we fail to seize this moment,” he claimed
He also spoke of the “overwhelming obligations” richer nations have towards poorer countries paying a high price for the destruction of the planet and apologised for former President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement, saying: “I shouldn’t apologise, but I do apologise for the fact the United States, the last administration, pulled out of the Paris Accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit.”
But the President’s words, many are saying, do not align with his actions.
Last week he cruised through Rome with an 85-vehicle motorcade that, though attributed to Italy’s Covid rules — there are restrictions on the number of non-cohabiting people allowed in a vehicle — wasn’t well-received by environmentalists and social media users.
His fleet of five aircraft, including a modified Boeing 747 plane known as Air Force One, has put him in the spotlight too.
Responding to the tweet in which Mr Sopel shared a line of the White House’s pool report, one user asked: “Did they have anything to say about not flying straight to Glasgow and instead of making the 50-minute journey to a climate conference by road with a 20 vehicle motorcade!?”
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