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Joe Biden's Motorcade During Climate Summit Leaves People Baffled

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Joe Biden's Motorcade During Climate Summit Leaves People Baffled

President Joe Biden's huge motorcade shocked social media users as it was filmed travelling to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit. You can see a clip of the convoy here:

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The US president touched down in his Air Force One plane earlier today (1 November) before heading out to the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in the convoy which featured around 25 vehicles.

Commenting on a clip of the motorcade one social media user wrote: "Twenty-six vehicles to get one guy to a climate change conference. They're taking the p**s now. Could've been done in an email."

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Someone else asked: "Isn't this COP26 about climate change? Surely that many motors for one person doesn't help the environment?"

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

While a third wrote: "Shambles. This whole thing is about climate change. Why does he need 30 motors to drive along the M8?"

President Biden is not the only attendee to be criticised for the size of their carbon footprint to attend the summit, which is bringing together world leaders to 'accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change'.

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Earlier today, Channel 4 News correspondent Ciaran Jenkins showed the streets surrounding the COP26 venue lined with chauffeur-driven cars, many of which had their engines and idling.

Posting the short clip, Jenkins said it was an 'interesting look for a climate conference'.

Social media users reacted with shock to the tweet, with one person replying: "This is why we won't get an agreement. They just don't get it!"

Credit: Twitter/Ciaran Jenkins
Credit: Twitter/Ciaran Jenkins
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Someone else said: "Nothing new. Just a bunch of hypocrites living at the expenses of others, through guilt and virtue signalling."

Others have criticised the decision to fly world leaders in from all over the world - believing the summit could have been carried out virtually.

However, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has defended the move, saying that 'crunch negotiations' such as the ones planned for the COP26 benefit from face-to-face meetings.

She told BBC Breakfast: "I think everybody who has ever done a Zoom call knows that they are quite useful for some things but when you really get into crunch negotiations, when you want to look somebody in the eye and talk to them face-to-face you do need to meet in person, and this is really critical.

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"World leaders are going to have to make some tough decisions about what's going on in their own countries, they're going to have to commit to things they didn't necessarily want to when they arrived at the conference and that's why it's really important that we do have people face-to-face."

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Topics: UK News, climate change, US News, Politics, joe biden

Claire Reid
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