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King Charles III will not travel to next month's United Nations climate summit in Egypt, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Sunday, after UK Prime Minister Liz Truss reportedly "objected" to the keen environmentalist attending.
Britain's new monarch, who took the throne when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died last month, had intended to deliver a speech to world leaders gathering at the COP27 summit on November 6-18, the Sunday Times reported.
But the plan has been axed after Truss -- who was appointed prime minister by the late queen just two days before the latter died -- opposed it during a personal audience with Charles at the palace last month, the newspaper said.
Queen Elizabeth addressed the last UN climate summit in November 2021, with the blessing of the Tory government led by Truss's predecessor Boris Johnson.
Charles III's office appeared to distance itself from the incendiary newspaper report, insisting the king had sought Truss's advice.
"With mutual friendship and respect there was agreement that the king would not attend," it told the BBC.
The Sunday Times story comes amid speculation Britain's new leader -- already under fire over her economic plans which have sparked market turmoil -- could controversially scale back the country's legally binding climate commitments.
Her newly assembled cabinet contains a number of ministers who have expressed skepticism about the so-called 2050 net zero goals, while Truss herself is seen as less enthusiastic about the policy than predecessor Johnson.
The newspaper said she is unlikely to attend COP27 -- the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change -- in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Britain hosted the last summit, COP26, in the Scottish city Glasgow. In addition to the late queen, Charles and his son William both addressed the event.
'Benching soft power'
Downing Street declined to comment on the report.
Cabinet minister Simon Clarke dismissed it as "simply not true", telling Sky News the decision had been made "consensually" and "amicably".
Meanwhile, Conservative party chairman Jake Berry told the broadcaster the government was "committed to the net zero target by 2050".
However, Tory MP Tobias Ellwood urged a rethink over the monarch's non-participation in Egypt, tweeting he hoped "common sense will prevail".
"King Charles is a globally respected voice on the environment and climate change," Ellwood added.
"His attendance would add serious authority to the British delegation. Can we really go from hosting COP26 to benching soft power at COP27?"
The Sunday Times said the episode was "likely to fuel tensions" between Charles and Truss, but cited a government source who claimed the audience had been "cordial" and there had "not been a row".
Meanwhile, a royal source told the paper: "It is no mystery that the king was invited to go there.
"He had to think very carefully about what steps to take for his first overseas tour, and he is not going to be attending COP(27)."
Under convention in Britain, all overseas official visits by members of the royal family are undertaken in accordance with advice from the government.
However, despite not attending in person, reports said the king still hopes to be able to contribute in some form to the conference.
Charles III is a committed environmentalist, with a long history of campaigning for better conservation, organic farming and tackling climate change.
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Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) pushed back on a suggestion by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that the U.S. government had funded the creation of the Covid-19 virus.
"I want to get your thoughts on the headlines this morning about China and this continued funding from the NIH to the EcoHealth Alliance and [President] Peter Daszak," Bartiromo told Turner. "Apparently, the NIH is giving more money through EcoHealth to study bat coronavirus!"
"We've been there before," she continued. "And there was no accountability. Joe Biden has yet to bring up the origins of Covid with Xi Jinping and he's going to meet with him in November. What are you going to do about this? Should we be funding from the NIH bat coronavirus through the EcoHealth Alliance and Peter Daszak? Didn't he just fund Covid-19?"
"Well, you know, I wouldn't go that far," Turner replied, shooting down the theory. "But I would say this. This is certainly irresponsible. And this administration clearly doesn't understand that these types of research projects can result in a threat directly to the United States."
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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) appeared blindsided when CNN host Dana Bash pressed him about complaints that the leadership of his state was late to order evacuations as Hurricane Ian headed for landfall.
After Scott talked about the clean-up that has begun after the hurricane hammered the state, Bash brought up the growing number of dead and asked him what went wrong.
"What we're learning, in fact, my colleagues have reviewed Lee County's own emergency plan," Bash began. "What it calls for is an initial evacuation if there's even a 10 percent chance of a storm surge 6 feet or higher. Again, the Times is reporting that those criteria were met as early as Sunday based on the National Hurricane Center models but the evacuation order wasn't issued on Tuesday. This is something we're learning now. Was that a mistake, especially given the death toll in Lee County?"
"I think the way you have to look at it is every loss of life, you have to say to yourself, what could you do differently next time so it never happens again?" he responded which led the CNN host to cut him off and press, "Should that have been done differently?"
"Unfortunately, we can't bring people back," Scott deflected. "We're looking the find out, I want to know because an issue I had as governor is trying to say what did I learn to try to make sure we don't lose a life. I think that everybody in every one of these emergency operations centers has to say to themselves, 'okay, what do we do to make sure we don't lose a life and what can we do for mitigation?'. It's something we have to look at."
"One other question in this, the Lee County commissioner said on CNN that it was because, quote, 'people got complacent,' and that as far as he was concerned, they had plenty of time to evacuate," Bash persisted. "Is that the leadership you're looking for? It sounds like he's passing the buck on to the people who were the victims."
"Well, I tell everybody, you're always responsible for your own safety," The GOP lawmaker replied. "What I tried to do as governor is try to tell people what their risks were and get people to think about, this is not just your life, it's your family's life, don't put first responders in harm's way."
"But they didn't get an evacuation order," Bash insisted.
"I think it's something we have to look at to see why it didn't happen. What you have to look at is how fast -- even if you do it -- how fast can you get people out of some of these places because of just the road structure and things like that," Scott offered.
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