By Ben Geman - 12/17/09 01:41 AM EST
“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:
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Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), chairman of the Science and Technology Committee
Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.)
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Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.)
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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
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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.