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Newt Gingrich roasts John Kerry's climate conference trip: 'Deeply committed to taking your money'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reacts to John Kerry's trip to the COP28 climate conference in Dubai, calling it a "ripoff" of workers across the world.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sounded off Thursday on "The Ingraham Angle" after U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry arrived for the latest climate conference in Dubai. Gingrich said voters across the world are realizing that the climate change agenda is an "elite ripoff of everyday workers." 


NEWT GINGRICH: I think that the left is deeply committed to taking your money, spending it on their friends. Think about the irony. You go to the Middle East, the center of producing oil and gas, in order to have a conference about why you shouldn’t produce oil and gas. And they’re good enough that they say it with a straight face. This is an amazing Broadway show which goes all over the world playing from place to place. It’s John Kerry flying into the next five-star hotel to go to the next gourmet restaurant in order to be deeply worried, at which point he has to go back, get on his plane to go to the next five-star hotel, to the next gourmet restaurant, to be even more worried. This whole thing is an elite ripoff of everyday workers. And that’s why you’re seeing in Argentina and Holland and Italy and across the planet, a move towards the right from people who realize they’re the ones paying. When John Kerry talks about giving away money, guess what? That’s your money. John Kerry is cheerful about taking money from you to give to these people he’s never met. Who will then, by the way, mostly squander it. They won’t achieve anything. It’s an absurdity. And historians will someday look back and say, how could they have been so stupid for so long? 

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, also took aim at Kerry for jetting off to lead the U.S. delegation at the annual United Nations conference.

In a statement to Fox News Digital on Thursday, Ernst accused Kerry and the Biden administration of hypocrisy for flying on airplanes to attend the COP28 summit where delegates are expected to condemn fossil fuels and push green energy alternatives. Kerry is leading the U.S. delegation which includes Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House clean energy czar John Podesta, among other senior officials.

COP28 kicked off on Thursday and is slated to take place over the next two weeks through Dec. 12. Ahead of the summit, U.N. officials led by Secretary General António Guterres have raised the alarm about the risks posed by global warming and the summit is expected to garner agreements to curb fossil fuel reliance in the coming years.

FOX News' Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report. 

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