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Climate specialists challenge the N.L. government’s $50K travel to Scotland for COP26

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Key takeaways: 

  • Furey states N.L.’s ‘clean oil’ can help change to net-zero.
  • The NL government’s $50k was questioned by climate professionals. 

Experts question the involvement of the province in the Scotland summit: 

As additional details appear about Newfoundland and Labrador’s delegation to the 26th Conference of the Parties climate summit in Scotland, more specialists are asking the regional government’s involvement in the discussions.

Records received by CBC through access to data bid show the bill for the regional government’s four-day travel to COP26 in November charge taxpayers just underneath $50,000.

The six-person delegation to Glasgow had Premier Furey and three office staffers, as well as one representative separately from the Department of Environment and Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat.

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The $50k trip to Scotland COP26 is questioned by climate experts

The summit’s official list of parties shows the region’s delegation was the biggest of any in Canada, with the peculiarity of Quebec. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Nunavut and the Yukon Territories sat out the discussions entirely. 

The list also shows Furey was the only Canadian premier other than François Legault to hear the meetings.

Different access to information demands announced the government’s programs to attend COP26 were hurriedly hatched, with flights and hotels being reserved just days ere the event started. Furey’s attendance had already started environmentalist David Suzuki to critique his sight at the summit.

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