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Biden Ditches Climate Summit Amid Domestic Green Agenda Backlash



Clear Facts

  • President Joe Biden is likely to be absent from this year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP28), potentially upsetting Democrats.
  • Despite poor polling and dissatisfaction with Biden’s energy policies, the White House hopes Democrats will forgive the president due to other pressing issues.
  • The White House has not confirmed whether Biden will attend COP28, but emphasized that the U.S. will have “robust representation” at the event.

President Joe Biden’s likely absence from this year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference is set to upset Democrats as Biden tries to keep his party together amid Israel’s war against Hamas. However, the White House and Biden’s campaign appear to be hoping that Democrats will forgive the president, given the conflict, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and a range of domestic priorities, as he grapples with poor polling before next year’s election.

Biden’s absence from the 28th annual U.N. climate summit, known as COP28 because of the “conference of the parties” to the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, coincides with the president having an average approval-disapproval rating of net negative 15 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics. Dissatisfaction with Biden has been exacerbated by increased consumer prices, with some critics contending the president’s energy policies, including his advocacy of electric vehicles, have made the problem worse.

“We know the prices are still too high for too many things, that times are still too tough for too many families,” Biden said this week at the White House. “We’ve made progress, but we have more work to do.”

But with Democrats becoming more critical of Biden a year before the 2024 election in response to his support of Israel’s war against Hamas, the president risks rankling members of his party, particularly younger ones already perturbed by his reaction to the Middle East crisis, with his absence from COP28.

The Biden campaign has downplayed concerns about the president’s standing among Democrats regarding his climate positions, with one source telling the Washington Examiner polling suggests it is currently not the most pressing issue for the public. But YouGov’s tracking poll, for instance, found “climate change and the environment” was important to 70% of respondents this month, the same percentage as the start of Biden’s administration in January 2021.

Simultaneously, climate advocate Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, had advice for more liberal Democrats disenchanted with Biden’s environmental record. “Seems that the far left is always wanting more — and more than most Americans want them to go,” he said.

The White House has repeatedly sidestepped questions about whether Biden is attending COP28. Neither press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre nor National Security Council spokesman John Kirby have neither confirmed nor denied reports the president will not be at this year’s summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, that begins Thursday, marking the first time he is missing the event during his administration despite his public schedule indicating he is expected to speak about climate on Thursday in Colorado.

Instead, Jean-Pierre has underscored that the United States will have “robust representation” at COP28, including special envoy John Kerry, national climate adviser Ali Zaidi, and senior adviser John Podesta, though both Kerry and Podesta are polarizing political figures.

“President Biden, as you all know — you’ve heard us say this over and over again — we believe, led and has delivered the most ambitious climate agenda in history, both at home and, obviously, abroad,” she said. “We’ve been doing this since day one.”


Jean-Pierre cited Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, describing it as the “largest climate investment ever” and asserting that it puts the country on a “path to cut climate pollution in half by 2030.” The press secretary also pointed to the president protecting more than 21 million acres of public land and water so far during his administration.

“He’s going to continue to rally not just world leaders, but obviously rally here as well and make sure that we put climate, his climate ambition actions in the forefront,” she said.

Biden did announce this week that the NSC, with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and Council of Economic Advisers, will monitor the El Nino climate pattern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of a new interagency task force. He emphasized, too, the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience, or PREPARE, a program helping other countries improve their climate observation and data sharing.

Biden additionally discussed climate with Chinese President Xi Jinping this month during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in San Francisco, one reason why the U.S. conducts diplomatic outreach with China despite political differences. The White House readout of their sideline meeting amplified their conversation about “national actions to reduce emissions in the 2020s,” “common approaches toward a successful COP28,” and “operationalizing the Working Group on Enhancing Climate Action.”

COP28 negotiators are seeking a recommitment to decreasing emissions to prevent the Earth from warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius. In Biden’s absence, the U.S. is poised to be scrutinized for not doing more to aid developing countries transition to green energy and adapt to the climate.

Clear Thoughts

Biden’s likely absence from COP28 exposes the hypocrisy of his green agenda while he faces backlash from his own party. Despite claims of championing the “most ambitious climate agenda,” Biden’s no-show at the critical climate summit contradicts his administration’s rhetoric. With approval ratings plummeting, the President’s energy policies face scrutiny and dissatisfaction, and his absence from COP28 will only fuel further unrest. As Biden’s priorities waver, it’s time to question the sincerity of his commitment to combating climate change and whether he will deliver on his promises.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.




  1. Jeremy

    November 29, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Well, at least it’s one less opportunity for our illustrious President to embarrass our country on the world stage.

    • Jim

      December 2, 2023 at 7:21 am


  2. Jim

    December 2, 2023 at 7:20 am

    Climate change agenda is more about controlloing people and satisfying the ultra rich and powerfuls agenda for one world order than it is about the climate.

    • Gene

      December 2, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      I agree completely!

  3. Nasty Nat

    December 2, 2023 at 9:27 am

    Biden has larger fish to fry (upcoming government shutdown, social security going broke, southern border invasion)

    • Gene

      December 2, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      Why has he let all of these fish to rot in the sun, while pushing green then? If they are bigger issues, why are they not being handled as higher priority than climate? All smoke and mirrors!

  4. Buff

    December 2, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Xi went right back to China and built another coal plant while laughing at good ole Joe. Joe just wants Americans to suffer and it’s working.

  5. Pekelo

    December 2, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Total BS

  6. John Moltz

    December 2, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Climate change is a normal process which has been going on for centuries. Climate “scientists” break a fundamental law of scientific research; don’t confuse correlation with causation”. In truth, there is little we can do to stop a perfectly natural process. Al of this “green energy” hype is an exercise in futility.

  7. Gerald Scott Ladd

    December 2, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    You are correct, JOHN MOLTZ, but the low IQ demonRATS fell for all the lies! Including the dumbest asshole on the planet, Joe Biden.

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