Joe Biden told ‘bring waterproof’ for visit to Glasgow for UN climate change summit COP26
The city’s SEC is due to welcome more than 30,000 delegates from all over the world in November 2021 for the prestigious COP26 event.
Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken joked on Twitter that the president-elect should “bring a waterproof” for his trip as she looks forward to welcoming the Democrat.
She later told the Daily Record the election result has “raised anticipation” for next year’s event.
She said: “I think everyone heard both the president and vice president elect put science and climate change firmly at the forefront of their policy agenda when they spoke in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“The prospect of an American administration that is fully engaged and committed to international action on the most important issue of our times can only raise the level of anticipation that already exists around the world for discussion, co-operation and agreement in Glasgow next year. That’s exciting.”
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the Scottish Government should now formally invite Mr Biden to attend the event in 2021.
He said: “Joe Biden’s victory has given many Scots hope that we can move on from the disastrous policies of the last four years, including Donald Trump’s decision to pull America out of international agreements to tackle climate change.
“With the United Nations’ COP26 climate change summit due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021, we have a real opportunity to reach out to president elect Biden, who has already signalled his intention to fully reengage with America’s international allies in this critical policy area.
“If Covid safety rules allow it, an invitation should be made immediately to the incoming president to join the Cop 26 summit in Glasgow.”
The outgoing Potus is reportedly planning a slew of rallies as his legal battles unfold in several states – and Trump won’t be attending his successor’s inauguration.
What’s more, he “has no concession speech ready and no intention of recognizing Joe Biden’s presidency,” reports say.