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Pelosi accuses Republicans of treating climate crisis like its all a hoax at Cop27

Pelosi accuses Republicans of treating climate crisis like its all a hoax at Cop27


Pelosi accuses Republicans of treating climate crisis like its all a hoax at Cop27

Nancy Pelosi has accused Republicans of treating the climate crisis like "it's all a hoax" while at the Cop27 climate talks in Egypt, where the US delegation is attempting to remain upbeat about continued progress on dealing with global heating despite uncertainty over the midterm election results.

Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, made a surprise appearance at the climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday. The trip may be one of Pelosi's last as speaker, with most forecasts predicting Republicans will eke out a narrow majority in the House.

There has been "shall we say, a disagreement on the subject" of the climate crisis between the parties, Pelosi said at Cop27, adding that Republicans have said "'Why are we having this discussion? There is no climate crisis. It's all a hoax.' We have to get over that. This is urgent, long overdue.

"So we cannot just have any political disagreement or the power of the fossil fuel industry cramping our style as we go forward with this, but to show a path that gets us to where we need to be," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's appearance at Cop27 comes at a critical point for the future of democracy in the US and the future of the planet. Joe Biden was able to pass the country's most significant piece of climate legislation this year because Democrats have the majority in both the House and the Senate. With that set to change, the mounting anger at the US for obstructing meaningful global climate action, despite being the world's largest polluter and richest country, may only get worse.

Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Florida who chairs the House subcommittee on the climate crisis, predicted Republicans would axe her committee should they gain power. "They have not really been partners in tackling the climate crisis, and it's inexplicable because the world's top scientists tell us we are running out of time," Castor said.

Biden will appear at Cop27 on Friday and a delegation of his cabinet members have already descended upon Sharm el-Sheikh to stress to other, skeptical, countries that the US, which has swerved erratically on climate policy over the years and under Donald Trump completely abandoned the crisis, will still be engaged on fighting global heating even if Republicans do secure Congress.

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