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US governors to participate in U.N. climate talks

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Oct 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. governors are taking a seat at the table as international leaders gather in Scotland at a critical moment for global efforts to reduce fossil fuel emission and slow the planet's temperature rise.

At least a half dozen Democratic governors are planning to attend parts of the two-week United Nation's climate change conference in Glasgow.

Though states aren't official parties in the talks, some states hold significant sway over the nation's approach to tackling climate change.

Governors from Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Hawaii, Illinois and Louisiana are planning to attend.

California's governor backed out of attending on Friday and is sending the lieutenant governor in his place.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced in early October, "No state in our country is more adversely impacted by climate change than Louisiana – in just the last year alone we've experienced major hurricanes, flash flooding and a severe winter storm. But at the same time, no state is better positioned to be a leader in reducing carbon emissions and bolstering coastal resiliency."

Edwards and governors from Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Illinois are planning to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, with 110 other countries, during Oct. 31 through Nov. 12.

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