NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was late to Vatican environment conference.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been late to parades, church services, community meetings and even memorials for plane crash victims.

So why not the Pope? Yep -- he did it again.

Pope Francis had invited de Blasio and more than five dozen other politicians --including Boston Mayor Martt Walsh -- to a first-ever, two-day Vatican climate change conference.

De Blasio was set to arrive two hours before he was to speak.Talk about cutting it close: Anyone who flies international in this day and age, knows that scheduled arrival times are a joke.


Sure enough, a fog diverted de Blasio's overnight plane from JFK to the Italian city of Milan, about 360 miles north of Rome and Vatican City.

It wasn't until about 80 minutes after he was to address the conference that de Blasio actually showed up.

"When he finally did speak there, he was unfazed," wrote The Times' Michael Grynbaum.

Instead, he launched into the forces that are trying to water down a major world climate conference this fall.

He said he is working to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

"The Paris summit is just months away,” he said.

“We need to see it as the finish line of a sprint, and take every local action we can in the coming months to maximize the chance that our national governments will act boldly.”

De Blasio, Walsh and other pols are to meet Pope Francis later Tuesday.

The conference's official name: “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities.”

AP reports that the mayors at the conference will sign a declaration that asserts:“Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity."

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