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California governor cancels trip to UN climate conference

In a brief statement Friday, Newsom's office cited unspecified family obligations.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has suddenly canceled his trip to the United Nations Climate Change Conference

In a brief statement Friday, Newsom's 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 California by 2035. 

The Democrat had planned 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.

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