Biden unlikely to attend Dubai climate summit

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U.S. President Joe Biden is unlikely to attend the 28th U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in November.

The White House says no final decision has been made.

Biden’s aides are balancing the demands on the president’s time with the war in the Middle East, a showdown with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives over federal spending and a presidential campaign season that aides expect to heat up next January.

Biden unlikely to attend Dubai climate summit

Dozens of countries plan to push for the world’s first agreement to phase out carbon dioxide-emitting coal, oil and natural gas at a conference in Dubai.

With many liberals and young voters ranking climate change as a top issue, such a deal would be a huge draw for a Democratic president ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

Biden will also have the opportunity to personally discuss the war in Gaza with leaders of Arab and other nations.

The announcement of Biden’s participation in last year’s COP27 conference in Egypt came two weeks before the meeting.

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