House delegation heads to Copenhagen, clashing views in tow


“We see Copenhagen as a meeting about job creation – how do we move forward to create millions of clean energy jobs and new technologies to keep America number one. We are going to send a message of support for the Obama Administration’s efforts and we bring with us the strong commitment of the Congress to take action, as the House of Representatives did in June,” she added.

The delegation includes Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the top Republican on the energy committee who is a leading climate skeptic, as well as Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who is the ranking GOP member of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Here’s the rest of the group that departs Wednesday night:

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), chairman of the Education and Labor Committee
Rep. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack Dems propose data security bill after Equifax hack MORE (D-Mass.), chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), chairman of the Science and Technology Committee
Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerHouse votes to block aircraft sales to Iran Expand the health savings account 'safe harbor' to reduce health costs Time to pass the U.S. OUTDOOR Act to support American jobs and consumers MORE (D-Ore.)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.)
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) 
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Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) 
Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnCorker pressed as reelection challenges mount GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom MORE (R-Tenn.) 
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
Rep. G.K. ButterfieldG.K. Butterfield'Amnesty' fight threatens pursuit of immigration deal Black lawmakers say Confederate statues should come out of Capitol Federal judges order new North Carolina district lines MORE (D-N.C.)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)

The delegation will “meet with representatives from key countries involved in the negotiations and also with advocacy and business leaders to discuss job creation,” according to Pelosi’s office.

The trip has been expected, but the formal announcement was delayed because the rush to complete key year-end votes had left a shade of doubt about the plans.

The contentious international talks aimed at crafting a preliminary global emissions agreement are scheduled to end Friday, but scores of major issues around emissions targets, finance for developing nations and other areas remain outstanding.