12 top U.S. officials to join Biden at major climate conference

12 top U.S. officials to join Biden at major climate conference
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The Biden administration will send a host of Cabinet and other top officials to the international climate conference in Glasgow next month, in addition to the president himself, a White House official confirmed to The Hill. 

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In addition, they’ll be joined by Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Russia-Ukraine talks yield agreement to meet again in two weeks Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE, Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet YellenYellen says Biden's COVID-19 relief bill 'acted like a vaccine for the American economy' On the Money — Yellen highlights wealth gap in MLK speech Yellen: US has 'much more work' to close racial wealth gap MORE, Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOvernight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden officials announce clean energy plans Biden administration announces actions bolstering clean energy  MORE, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganOvernight Energy & Environment — EPA unveils new pollution monitoring in South EPA moves to reject industry request to change assessment of risks posed by carcinogen EPA announces pollution monitoring program in vulnerable Southern communities MORE, Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden announces green buildings initiative Overnight Energy & Environment — Earth records its hottest years ever MORE, Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE, Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha PowerSamantha PowerUSAID's 0 million Global VAX initiative can work, but only if it pays for shots in arms Overnight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance US investing 5 million in vaccine delivery for lower-income countries MORE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Rick Spinrad and White House Office of Science and Technology policy director Eric LanderEric LanderOvernight Energy & Environment — White House announces new climate office New White House office to develop climate change policies The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings MORE.


The attendees were first reported by CNN, which obtained a schedule, and were confirmed to The Hill by a White House official. 

At the Glasgow conference, known as COP26, countries are expected to negotiate the future of climate action. 

Biden has sought to demonstrate U.S. leadership on the issue, announcing in April that the U.S. would aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 when compared to 2005 levels.

But there are questions about whether the U.S. can live up to its commitments, especially as the White House and Congress struggle to get a spending package — which has major investments to tackle climate change — across the finish line.