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Newsom cancels trip to UN climate conference due to family obligations

Unnamed family obligations caused California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) Friday to pull out of a trip to Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Newsom will appear at the conference virtually, spokesperson Erin Mellon told The Associated Press.

The governor asked Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (D) to lead his state’s delegation at the conference in Glasgow. Kounalakis told the AP that she spoke to Newsom on Thursday and thought there was a chance she would be requested to attend. 

“The governor has a young family and we should all be understanding, especially those of us who have been there,” Kounalakis said. 

The annual event draws a large number of international leaders together to discuss climate priorities, which Newsom has been vocal about. 

California Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg told the AP he suspects Newsom is disappointed not to be attending.

“He loves this issue, he cares about it a lot,” Hertzberg said. “It’s a big deal to him, and I’m sure he desperately wanted to go.” 

Newsom has spoken out about the importance of acting to fight climate change in the past, especially in regards to the wildfires that have significantly affected his state. Newsom expanded California’s drought emergency to include the entire state earlier this month, saying that “it’s critical that Californians across the state redouble our efforts to save water in every way possible.” 

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