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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti flies to Argentina to fight climate change

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined a “global coalition of mayors” at a climate change summit this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, burning fossil fuels on an international flight rather than attending distance and take care of urgent matters at home.

In a press release, Garcetti’s office said:

Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the C40 Global Mayors Summit this week – joining mayors, climate experts, youth activists and business leaders from around the world to advance global action to tackle the climate crisis .

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is an international network of nearly 100 of the world’s largest cities committed to concrete actions to fight climate change. Mayor Garcetti was chairman of C40 from 2019 to 2021 and was succeeded by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

“When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, our commitments as cities, states and countries are only as strong as the size and ambition of our global coalition,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The C40 Global Mayors Summit is more than just an opportunity to recognize the magnitude of this landmark decade for climate action – it’s a chance to elevate the solutions cities are deploying to the level of neighborhoods that have a real impact on people’s daily lives.It is also an opportunity to help national governments better understand the steps we can take together to chart a course towards a more livable and prosperous future.

Garcetti participated in a U.S. Department of Transportation presentation on “High Quality Urban Transportation Infrastructure”, although Los Angeles’ infrastructure is not widely considered “high quality”. A proposed high-speed train between LA and San Francisco has been largely cancelled, and current passenger rail service from LA to San Diego has been suspended due to a potential landslide hazard.

In his climate summit keynote address, according to the mayor’s office, he “explained how Los Angeles is moving to clean energy sources and delivering on its climate justice commitments.” Garcetti’s “Green New Deal” Calls for Closure of Natural Gas Plants; he was opposed by public works unions and lost the only serious electoral challenge he faced in a race for city council in 2019.

White Garcetti was absent, Los Angeles continued to struggle with the high crime and homelessness that came to define its legacy, as well as a city council crisis sparked by racist comments from city council members within the part of Garcetti.

According to ICAO’s carbon emissions calculator, Garcetti’s trip would have burned 1275.6kg of carbon if he had traveled economy class, and twice as much if he had traveled business or ‘premium’ class. (assuming a layover in Atlanta). This represents a quarter (economy) or half (premium) of the world’s average carbon use per capita per year. It is not known why the conference could not be held remotely.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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