Joe Biden appears to fall asleep at COP26
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During a speech by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley who discussed her nations’ role in tackling climate change, current US president Joe Biden appeared tired and distracted. While in other speeches elsewhere at the summit, Mr Biden appeared to close his eyes for long periods of time.
In footage recorded by Washington Post journalist Zach Pursur Brown, the president’s attention seems to be elsewhere as he looks at the ground and closes his eyes.
Onlookers suggested that Mr Biden appeared “bored” or was “falling asleep”.
These actions were swiped at his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, who issued a statement about the COP26 climate summit.
Within his statement, Mr Trump also falsely referred to global warming as a “hoax”, something he often did during his time in office.
He claims that the “hoax” is the seventh biggest in the US within his piece.
The statement released on November 1 says: “Even Biden couldn’t stand hearing so much about the Global Warming Hoax, the 7th biggest hoax in America, followed closely behind by the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and, of course, the ‘No Collusion’ finding of the Mueller Report.”
Mr Trump went on to criticise the President, claiming that if Mr Biden had “true enthusiasm” for the cause he would not “fall asleep”.
He says: “Biden went to Europe saying Global Warming is his highest priority, and then promptly fell asleep, for all the world to see, at the Conference itself.
“Nobody that has true enthusiasm and belief in a subject will ever fall asleep!”
He makes reference to Mr Biden naming climate change one of the top priorities that his administration intended to address immediately after he took office.
Joe Biden had campaigned on a $1.7 trillion plan to transition to 100% clean energy sources by 2050.
It comes as almost a complete reversal of Trump’s climate policy and viewpoint on global warming.
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He had previously shown disdain for international climate agreements and regularly dismissed climate change as a “hoax”.
Also in 2018 when he was outside the White House and was asked about the findings that unchecked global warming would wreak havoc on the US economy, he said: “I don’t believe it.”
These differences were highlighted by Lewis Goodall, policy editor of BBC Newsnight who shared Donald Trump’s statement with his 236k followers.
He wrote: “Become received wisdom that there’s a great deal of continuity between the Trump and Biden administrations.
“Those observations rarely seem to factor in climate policy.”
A follower of Mr Goodall – @SeanMeaney11 – pointed out that the “continuity” between the administrations mostly lies within trade and foreign policy, but noted that this is also apparent in other regions.
He writes: “When they say there is continuity it mostly refers to trade and foreign policy, becoming more protectionist and nativist.
“However, this is a trend that is global an obvious example includes the UK.”
Others expressed disbelief over the former president’s savage swipe, including @Emran29902311 who wrote: “Can’t believe they release this stuff. The times we live in” along with crying with laughter emojis.
While @surprising_jim added: “I like that Trump maintains an ordered list of hoaxes. It’s important to have a hobby.”
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