Markey blasts decision to host climate summit in UAE

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday bashed the decision to hold the upcoming COP28 global climate conference in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates later this year.

The progressive senator who sponsored the Green New Deal told the POLITICO Energy Summit that the UAE’s deep ties to the fossil fuel raise doubts about its “sincerity” in committing to climate action.

“You can’t preach temperance from a bar stool,” Markey said. “You can’t tell someone, ‘Don’t drink beer’ when Dad has a can of a Schlitz in his hand.”