House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be on an overseas trip next week to attend the Global Warming Summit in Madrid, Spanish paper El Pais reported Wednesday, Nov. 26.
If confirmed, Pelosi will be blowing off her work on the U.S. Congress in Washington to join Swedish teen Greta Thunberg to discuss the controversial subject of climate change in Spain.
The summit is scheduled to start on Dec. 2 and end on Dec. 13 if the negotiations are going well.
The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations in early November that the United States will begin its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, calling the deal an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy.
“Today we begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. The U.S. is proud of our record as a world leader in reducing all emissions, fostering resilience, growing our economy, and ensuring energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a tweet on Nov. 4.
According to National Review, President Donald Trump has criticized the nonbinding agreement, which 195 countries signed in 2015, saying other countries benefit from the climate accord at the expense of the United States.
In a speech at Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in August, President Trump also explained that the United States is sitting on the planet’s greatest treasure, but “some politicians in this country still want to keep America’s vast energy treasures buried deep underground and let other nations take advantage of our country.”
However, after the Trump administration made its announcement to pull out of the Paris deal, Pelosi claimed the decision is an anti-science, anti-government one and would sell out the children’s future.
Pelosi’s possible choice to visit Madrid would indicate her work in Spain is more important than at home where President Trump and his Republican colleagues have been pressing her to focus on important issues such as passing the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal.
In the campaign rally in Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 26, President Trump again lashed out at Pelosi, saying “she doesn’t want to give the people of our country a victory” by approving the deal that is an “incredible agreement.”
“It’s one of the greatest deals ever… Canada and Mexico, they’ve been waiting for many months,” President Trump said, urging Pelosi to “put our country first.”