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California governor cancels trip to climate conference

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 11:32 AM, Oct 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-29 14:32:35-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has suddenly canceled his trip to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. In a brief statement Friday, his office cited unspecified “family obligations."

Newsom had planned to highlight his administration's climate change actions at next week's conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Those policies include a proposed ban on the sale of all new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035.

Newsom was to lead a California delegation that included his wife, 15 state lawmakers and some of the state’s top environmental regulators.

Now Democratic Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis will lead the delegation.

A Newsom spokeswoman said the governor will participate in the conference virtually.