At UN Climate Conference, Administration Defends ‘Cleaner’ Fossil Fuels, Draws Protests

CNS News | 11/14/2017 | Staff
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( – Venturing deep into hostile territory, Trump administration delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn on Monday made the argument for fossil fuels to be part of the solution to climate change – and ran into some vocal opposition.

Dozens of singing protestors disrupted a “side event” panel entitled, “The role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation.”

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“Without a question, fossil fuels will continue to be used,” President Trump’s special assistant on international energy and environment, George David Banks, told the event before the disruption, citing International Energy Agency projections.

“We would argue that it’s in the global interest to make sure that when fossil fuels are used that it’s as clean and efficient as possible,” he said, noting that many other countries recognize that reality as well.

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Banks also said while some in Bonn viewed the panel as provocative, “I think that this panel is only controversial if we choose to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the realities of the global energy system.”

The notion that the administration would promote fossil fuels, no matter how “clean” or “efficient,” at a U.N. climate conference where “100 percent renewable energy” is touted as the ideal outraged many participants.

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After the protestors left the discussion proceeded, amid continuing heckling.

“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” tweeted former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for cities and climate change.

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“It’s patently absurd to suggest that coal has any role to play in solving the climate crisis,” John Fleming, a climate scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Further use of coal is a death sentence for the planet.”

The administration in August lodged its formal notification to withdraw from the Paris climate accord,...
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