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Top Republicans demand detailed account of the carbon emissions from Biden’s climate summit trip

GOP Senators Shelley Capito, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton wrote a letter to the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday requesting a detailed account of the carbon footprint of President Biden’s trip to Glasgow for the COP26, the UN Climate Conference. 

Ernst, Iowa, Capito, W.Va., and Cotton, Ark., despatched a letter to GAO’s Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting the whole quantity of carbon emissions launched by Biden and his envoy, which included 13 Cabinet members, in touring to Europe in personal lodging for the convention. 

‘One of the main focuses of COP26 is figuring out alternatives to scale back carbon emissions,’ the letter learn. 

‘We write to you immediately requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) acquire and supply data to Congress on the whole quantity of carbon emissions required to move President Biden, the 13 U.S. political appointees, and any and all Administration help workers who attend this convention.’

Biden’s six-day tour in Europe, the place he met the pope a fourth time, hob-knobbed with world leaders and attended a climate convention, will launch an estimated two million kilos of carbon dioxide into the ambiance. 

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But even so, Biden spoke with urgency on the risks of climate change, calling it  ‘the existential menace to human existence as we all know it’ throughout his speech earlier than the COP26. 

Moments earlier than, he had nodded off as one other speaker delivered an handle. 

The senators famous that as Biden left his personal hefty carbon footprint, he’d taken motion towards the fossil gas business, revoking the allow for the Keystone XL pipeline and halting oil and fuel leases on federal lands. 

‘While President Biden continues to focus on American vitality with dangerous insurance policies, he and his workers proceed to depend on fossil-fuel transportation.’ 

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Biden’s gigantic carbon footprint is comprised of 2.16 million kilos of carbon dioxide generated by the 4 massive planes that comprise his airborne entourage on the trip to Italy and Scotland, with the the rest emitted by Biden’s automobiles.

His fleet is comprised of the closely modified Boeing 747 he travels on, referred to as Air Force One when the president is on board, an an identical decoy, and two big C-17 Globemaster planes to hold his battalion of automobiles and helicopters.

Those jets every belch out a median of 54 kilos of carbon per mile flown. An common American would generate 0.365 kilos of carbon for in the event that they flew an analogous distance – slightly below 10,000 miles – on a daily scheduled flight.

When not flying, Biden was toted round in a 20,000 Cadillac ‘Beast,’ that sports activities a disel engine and will get round 8 miles per gallon of fuel. It generates an estimated 8.75 kilos of carbon per mile pushed – 10 instances greater than the common automobile, with two Beasts – the official car and a decoy – forming half of his entourage. 

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The Beast and Air Force One have lengthy been criticized by some Americans of not being ‘inexperienced sufficient,’ with the latter costing greater than $200,000 an hour to function, Business Insider reported.

The Air Force One jets, which went into service in 1990, are due to get replaced by two greener new replacements in 2024, however they will nonetheless characterize an especially environmentally-unfriendly means of journey.

Biden touched down in Scotland on Monday morning earlier than promptly climbing into his big motorcade to journey to a climate summit touted American management on tackling carbon emissions. 

After making the quick hop from Rome in Air Force One – a modified 747 – his gas-guzzling convoy of greater than 20 autos raised recent criticisms of hypocrisy.

Biden was additionally criticized for coming to Scotland for a climate convention in Glasgow, however lodging 45 miles away in Edinburgh.  

Local man Gareth Mackie was stunned to spot The Beast and its decoy, plus at least two other huge SUVs which make up the 20-strong presidential motorcade

Local man Gareth Mackie was surprised to identify The Beast and its decoy, plus not less than two different big SUVs which make up the 20-strong presidential motorcade

Joe Biden's presidential motorcade is pictured driving near Livingston as it makes its way from Edinburgh to Glasgow yesterday

Joe Biden’s presidential motorcade is pictured driving close to Livingston because it makes its method from Edinburgh to Glasgow yesterday 

Today critics pointed out at the irony of Mr Biden attending a climate change conference in Glasgow only to stay 45miles away in the capital. Pic: The motorcade yesterday

Today critics identified at the irony of Mr Biden attending a climate change convention in Glasgow solely to remain 45miles away in the capital. Pic: The motorcade yesterday  

At the G20 in Rome he used an 85-vehicle convoy, together with vans for officers, secret service and journalists, in addition to ambulances and communications programs.  

Biden criss-crossed Rome in a presidential motorcade that ran to 85 automobiles – to kick off a trip that may conclude with a climate summit in Glasgow.

The president all the time travels with a large contingent of aides, navy officers, and medical officers. 

But this time, his retinue was padded even additional for his viewers with Pope Francis – his fourth. While in Rome, an outdated metropolis with many slim roads, Biden’s motorcade was prolonged by Italian COVID-19 restrictions which restrict passengers to 4 individuals per car.

Biden travels in ‘the Beast’ nearly wherever he goes, and his motorcade usually features a second totally armored presidential limo. It additionally consists of particular communications autos, an ambulance, police escorts, and autos containing armed brokers – together with vans carrying photographers and press who shadow the president wherever he travels.

An viewers with the pope is one which aides clamor to hitch in each administration, and Biden’s was no exception.

The manifest offered by the White House confirmed Biden led a celebration of a dozen individuals, together with the first woman, White House doctor Dr. Kevin O’Connor, safety advisor Jake Sullivan, and senior advisor Mike Donilon. The president was accompanied by senior officers together with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, amongst others.

And all the massive pictures translated to much more automobiles. A pool reporter touring with the president cited the 85-car determine. A Washington Post journalist in Rome tweeted out video of the prolonged motorcade. 

It was troublesome to quantify the carbon footprint of the fleet, though many of the autos are gas-guzzlers topped by the Beast’s reported 244-horsepower engine, which should lug a Cadillac with eight-inch plating.

Joe and Jill Biden used a massive 85-car motorcade to wind through the streets of Rome on Friday for their meeting with Pope Francis

Joe and Jill Biden used a large 85-car motorcade to wind by means of the streets of Rome on Friday for his or her assembly with Pope Francis

The motorcade ferried Biden to a gathering with Pope Francis, who received hundreds of thousands of followers together with his humble method to the papacy. Pope Francis additionally has spoken at size of the menace posed by climate change. Biden at the upcoming environmental summit plans to tout $550 billion in new environmental applications in his Build Back Better framework, which he unveiled earlier than jetting to Rome on Air Force One (one other fuel guzzler).

The pope might additionally been seen round in his car Friday. He rode in the again seat of a Fiat. 

Joe and Jill Biden used a large 85-car motorcade to wind by means of the streets of Rome on Friday for his or her assembly with  And the notoriously late president was on time for his sit-down with the pontiff. Biden met with the pope for 75 minutes , although he was scheduled to be with him for under an hour. In 2017, Francis met then-President Donald Trump for half-hour and, in 2014, Francis met with then-President Barack Obama for 52 minutes.

The president then joined senior Vatican officers for an expanded bilateral assembly. But when his time at the Vatican ran lengthy, Biden was late for his afternoon assembly with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. 

‘It’s good to be again,’ the president informed one of the Papal gents. ‘I’m Jill’s husband,’ he additionally stated, which is one of his trademark greetings.  

Extra cars were needed as Italy's lockdown rules allow only three non-cohabiting people including the driver to be together in a vehicle

Extra automobiles had been wanted as Italy’s lockdown guidelines permit solely three non-cohabiting individuals together with the driver to be collectively in a car

The presidential limo known as The Beast moves through the streets of Rome

The presidential limo referred to as The Beast strikes by means of the streets of Rome

Biden, who is nearly always running late, as on time for his meeting with the Pope

Biden, who is sort of all the time operating late, as on time for his assembly with the Pope

Biden's motorcade approaches Vatican City

Biden’s motorcade approaches Vatican City

 

President Biden exits his car upon his arrival at the Vatican

President Biden exits his automobile upon his arrival at the Vatican

The assembly comes after the Vatican abruptly canceled a deliberate dwell broadcast of the assembly – and White House reporters had been left standing outdoors in the courtyard.  

The Vatican press workplace offered no rationalization for why press protection was restricted to the president’s motorcade arriving in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, the place Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of Papal Household, greeted him.  

Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, met with the pope amid pressures from conservatives in the American church who need to admonish politicians who help abortion rights however take communion. 

Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza (right) welcomes President Joe Biden (center) and First Lady Jill Biden (left) to the Vatican Friday for their meeting with Pope Francis

Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza (proper) welcomes President Joe Biden (heart) and First Lady Jill Biden (left) to the Vatican Friday for his or her assembly with Pope Francis

The Pope's gentlemen (right) greet President Joe Biden (second from left) and First Lady Jill Biden (left) upon their arrival Friday at the Vatican

The Pope’s gents (proper) greet President Joe Biden (second from left) and First Lady Jill Biden (left) upon their arrival Friday at the Vatican 

President Joe Biden (center) and First Lady Jill Biden (left) arrive at the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican in Rome

President Joe Biden (heart) and First Lady Jill Biden (left) arrive at the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican in Rome 

First Lady Jill Biden wore a traditional mantilla veil with an animal print dark suit

First Lady Jill Biden wore a standard mantilla veil with an animal print darkish swimsuit

'I'm Jill's husband,' President Joe Biden said introducing himself to the Papal gentlemen

‘I’m Jill’s husband,’ President Joe Biden stated introducing himself to the Papal gents

The motorcade of President Joe Biden drives across the Via della Conciliazione in Rome. The motorcade was 85 cars long, due to Italy's COVID-19 restrictions

The motorcade of President Joe Biden drives throughout the Via della Conciliazione in Rome. The motorcade was 85 automobiles lengthy, on account of Italy’s COVID-19 restrictions

The Swiss Guards prepare for the arrival of President Joe Biden for a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican

The Swiss Guards put together for the arrival of President Joe Biden for a gathering with Pope Francis at the Vatican

President Joe Biden arrives in the San Damaso courtyard in the Vatican for his planned meeting with Pope Francis

President Joe Biden arrives in the San Damaso courtyard in the Vatican for his deliberate assembly with Pope Francis

Biden, a religious Catholic, attends weekly Mass and on Catholic holy days. He carries rosary beads that belonged to his deceased son Beau and he retains a photograph of himself and the Pope behind his desk in the Oval Office in the first row of footage subsequent to ones together with his household.

It’s the fourth time the two males have met and was Biden’s first cease on his five-day trip to Europe. He’ll additionally attend the G20 assembly in Rome over the weekend earlier than heading to Scotland on Monday for the UN Climate Summit recognized was COP26.

Biden’s sitdown with Pope Francis comes as his administration is combating Texas’ abortion regulation, the most restrictive regulation in the nation, which bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat may be detected and that’s usually after six weeks and earlier than many ladies even know they’re pregnant.

Meanwhile, shortly after Biden’s assembly with Pope Francis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene in Baltimore in mid-November the place it’ll debate whether or not Catholic politicians who help abortion rights ought to be admonished for receiving Communion. 

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not say whether or not or not Biden would obtain communion throughout his Vatican go to. 

‘That’s very private,’ she stated. ‘I haven’t got something to share about that.’ 

The Swiss Guards prepare for the arrival of President Joe Biden for a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican

The Swiss Guards put together for the arrival of President Joe Biden for a gathering with Pope Francis at the Vatican

A handout from the Italian State Police shows snipers on a rooftop in Rome near the Vatican, as world leaders flock to the city for the G20. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited with Pope Francis at noon on Friday

A handout from the Italian State Police exhibits snipers on a rooftop in Rome close to the Vatican, as world leaders flock to the metropolis for the G20. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited with Pope Francis at midday on Friday 

President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, keeps a photo of himself and Pope Francis on his desk in the Oval Office, it can be seen above to the left of the president

President Joe Biden, a religious Catholic, retains a photograph of himself and Pope Francis on his desk in the Oval Office, it may be seen above to the left of the president

President Biden and First Lady Jill touched down in Rome at 2:30 am local time

President Biden and First Lady Jill touched down in Rome at 2:30 am native time

Then Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Pope Francis (right), with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell standing behind them, wave from a balcony at the U.S. Capitol after the Pope addressed a joint-session of Congress in September 2015

Then Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Pope Francis (proper), with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell standing behind them, wave from a balcony at the U.S. Capitol after the Pope addressed a joint-session of Congress in September 2015 

In June, the divided U.S. Conference of Bishops voted to draft a press release on communion that some bishops say ought to particularly admonish these Catholic politicians, together with Biden, the second Catholic president after John F. Kennedy. They did so regardless of warning from the Vatican such a transfer might sow seeds of discord. The bishops will focus on the concern additional at their November gathering.

Joe Biden’s conferences with Pope Francis

Here are the earlier conferences between Joe Biden and Pope Francis: 

2013: Inaugural mass at the Vatican the place Biden was accompanied by sister Valerie Biden 

2015: Pope’s go to to Washington  

2016: Conference on regenerative medication, the place he spoke on most cancers prevention. Hunter Biden and Ashley’s husband got here alongside 

Biden takes communion. He has stated he’s personally against abortion however can’t impose his views as an elected chief.

Biden stated he and the pope didn’t focus on abortion at their personal assembly. Francis has strongly upheld the church’s opposition to abortion, calling it ‘homicide.’ 

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan informed reporters on Tuesday that the two males would focus on climate change, migration and revenue inequality.  

Biden additionally met with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, whereas at the Vatican. 

Biden talked about his relationship with Pope Francis final October when he addressed the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, doing so from Wilmington’s Queen theater as a result of of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Biden talked about his first assembly with Pope Francis throughout the Pope’s 2013 inauguration at the Vatican when Biden was vice chairman.

‘When I greeted him he stated, “Mr. Vice President you are all the time welcome right here,”‘ Biden stated. ‘He was actually sending a message to the world to place out a welcome sign up the entrance door of our church.’

Then-Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Pope Francis in September 2015 when the pope addressed a joint session of Congress

Then-Vice President Joe Biden shakes fingers with Pope Francis in September 2015 when the pope addressed a joint session of Congress

Pope Francis (left) greets then Vice President Joe Biden (right) at the Vatican in April 2016, before President Donald Trump was elected. Biden's son Hunter (second from right) and son-in-law Howard Krein (center) stand along his side

Pope Francis (left) greets then Vice President Joe Biden (proper) at the Vatican in April 2016, earlier than President Donald Trump was elected. Biden’s son Hunter (second from proper) and son-in-law Howard Krein (heart) stand alongside his aspect 

Biden talked about his relationship with Pope Francis final October when he addressed the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, doing so from Wilmington’s Queen theater as a result of of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Biden talked about his first assembly with Pope Francis throughout the Pope’s 2013 inauguration at the Vatican when Biden was vice chairman.

‘When I greeted him he stated, “Mr. Vice President you are all the time welcome right here,”‘ Biden stated. ‘He was actually sending a message to the world to place out a welcome sign up the entrance door of our church.’

Biden additionally talked about Pope Francis’ trip to the White House in 2015 – when he was in workplace with President Barack Obama – saying that like his go to to the Vatican in 2013, it gave him the sense of ‘hope and chance collectively.’

‘And for me it got here at a really private second, a really robust time in the life of my household. Our son Beau had simply died just a few months earlier,’ Biden stated. ‘Pope Francis took the time to satisfy with my total household to assist us see the gentle by means of the darkness.’

Biden, as vice chairman, additionally traveled to the Vatican in April 2016 for a stem cell convention.  

At the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, Biden stated that his friendship with Pope Francis was proof that ‘something is feasible’ in the U.S.

‘I dwell in an incredible nation, all of us dwell in an incredible nation,’ Biden stated. ‘Where an Irish-Catholic child like me from Scranton, Pennsylvania would in the future befriend a Jesuit Pope.’

‘But that is who we’re as a rustic,’ Biden stated.  

Past presidential conferences with popes 

Here are some notable moments from previous presiential conferences with pontifs:

-President John F. Kennedy´s 1963 assembly with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican was historic: The first Roman Catholic president of the United States was seeing the Roman Catholic pontiff solely days after his coronation. Kennedy, who confronted anti-Catholic bias throughout his presidential marketing campaign, shook fingers with the pope moderately than kissing his ring, as is the ordinary follow for Catholics.

-Pope Paul VI´s trip to New York in October 1965 introduced protocol issues. President Lyndon Johnson needed to see him, however the pontiff was a chief of a state not formally acknowledged by the U.S. The answer: Johnson flew to New York for dinner at the condominium of his good friend Arthur Goldberg, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the pontiff was welcomed to Johnson´s suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel the subsequent day.

-Johnson had a penchant for considerably odd papal presents. At that 1965 assembly, his items to Paul included a silver-framed, autographed {photograph} of himself. Two years later, at their subsequent assembly at the Vatican, Johnson introduced the pontiff with a foot-high bust of himself.

-Jimmy Carter was the first president to play host to a pope at the White House. Pope John Paul II’s keep at the White House featured 10,000 company — break up between separate arrival and departure ceremonies on the North and South Lawns.

-President Ronald Reagan had bother holding his eyes open on his first go to to the Vatican in 1982. Reagan´s head bobbed and his eyes repeatedly closed for seconds at a time whereas John Paul talked solemnly of crises in the Falkland Islands and Lebanon. The incident got here throughout a 10-day European trip with a packed schedule for Reagan. But it fed already rampant speak that the 71-year-old president wasn´t bodily as much as the job.

-Reagan sparked controversy over the separation of church and state in 1984 by establishing formal U.S. diplomatic relations with the Vatican, a protracted need of the Holy See. Shortly afterward, Reagan and John Paul met throughout refueling stops at the airport in Fairbanks, Alaska (their paths had been crossing as one completed and one started journeys to Asia). The Alaska cease generated tons of pleasure, but in addition scores of T-shirts studying ‘The Pope Meets the Dope.’

-For his final of 4 conferences with Pope John Paul, President Bill Clinton flew to St. Louis to greet the pontiff as he started a U.S. tour. Back in Washington, the Senate was in the throes of its impeachment trial towards Clinton, and John Paul stated ‘America faces a time of trial.’ But it was typically assumed that the pontiff, who additionally challenged Americans to ‘a better ethical imaginative and prescient,’ was talking about his long-running and sharp dispute with Clinton over the president’s help for abortion rights.

-At George W. Bush´s final assembly with John Paul, at the Vatican in June 2004, he introduced the pope with the Medal of Freedom, the nation´s highest civilian honor. The pontiff responded by studying a press release about his ‘grave concern’ over occasions in Iraq, the place the U.S.-led warfare had been happening for simply over a 12 months.

-After John Paul died in 2005, Bush turned the first sitting U.S. president to attend a papal funeral.

-At his first viewers with John Paul´s successor, Pope Benedict XVI, Bush´s overly informal conduct was famous by many Italians and Vatican watchers. He addressed the pope as ‘sir,’ moderately than the customary ‘your holiness,’ and leaned far again in his chair with one leg thrown informally over one other, as an alternative of the ramrod-straight bodily posture extra generally seen in the pontiff´s presence. Rome´s ANSA company flashed a ‘Gaffe Presidente’ headline.

-For Benedict´s first U.S. tour as pope, there have been a number of presidential firsts: Bush traveled to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to satisfy the pontiff´s aircraft, introduced the largest crowd of his presidency to the South Lawn for Benedict´s arrival ceremony, and hosted a dinner in the pope´s honor that Benedict did not attend.

-Former President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis twice, as soon as at the Vatican in 2014 and once more throughout the pope´s 2015 go to to the U.S., the place Obama met Francis on the tarmac at Andrews and performed host in the Oval Office. Before 11,000 individuals on the South Lawn of the White House, Obama praised the pope as a ‘dwelling instance of Jesus´ teachings,’ whereas Francis lauded Obama for his dedication to addressing climate change.

-Former President Donald Trump had a famously prickly relationship with Pope Francis. The two sparred throughout the 2016 marketing campaign, with Francis taking a veiled swipe at Trump by declaring that individuals who assume solely of constructing obstacles as an alternative of bridges are ‘not Christian.’ Trump, who campaigned on constructing a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, referred to as the feedback ‘disgraceful’ and steered the Mexican authorities was utilizing Francis as a pawn. When the two met at the Vatican in 2017, pictures confirmed a stone-faced Francis standing subsequent to a grinning Trump. The president later stated their assembly had been ‘incredible.’

– The Associated Press 

In this July 2, 1963, file photo President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI talk at the Vatican. Kennedy's meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican was historic: the first Roman Catholic president of the United States was seeing the Roman Catholic pontiff only days after his coronation

In this July 2, 1963, file photograph President John F. Kennedy and Pope Paul VI speak at the Vatican. Kennedy’s assembly with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican was historic: the first Roman Catholic president of the United States was seeing the Roman Catholic pontiff solely days after his coronation

In this March 27, 2014 file photo, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they meet at the Vatican

In this March 27, 2014 file photograph, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they meet at the Vatican

In this June 13, 2008, file photo, Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush walk in the Vatican Gardens during their meeting at the Vatican

In this June 13, 2008, file photograph, Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush stroll in the Vatican Gardens throughout their assembly at the Vatican

In this May 24, 2017, file photo Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican

In this May 24, 2017, file photograph Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the event of their personal viewers, at the Vatican

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