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The 23rd annual Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – dubbed COP23 – is being held in Bonn this week, with an "official" U.S. delegation mostly absent from the proceedings. A counter-culture delegation made the trip, but all of their activities are being held on the sidelines of the event.
There was some U.S. participation in the formal proceedings. Notably, the president of the U.S. Energy Association, Barry Worthington, gave a speech making the commonsense point that fossil fuels are going to be a dominant source of energy for the foreseeable future, so why not develop cleaner ways to burn them? The event he spoke at was called "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" and also featured an address by White House adviser David Barks, who warned attendees not to "bury our heads in the sand and ignore the realities of the global energy system."
Chants - Crowd - Ground - Attendee - Governor
This led to chants by the crowd: "Keep it in the ground." And counter-culture attendee Governor Jerry Brown ridiculed the idea that the U.S. cares about the planet.
"This panel is only controversial if we choose to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the realities of the global energy system," David Barks, special assistant for the White House, said in his opening speech.
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Universal access to energy is required to help eradicate poverty and reach development goals – and this is only possible with fossil fuels, he argued.
"The idea that the world can meet ambitious mitigation goals, support development in poor countries the way we should and ensure energy access by only deploying solar and wind is naive," Barks said.
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Sacrilege! Jerry Brown didn't address that point (How could he? It made too much sense.) and invoked Saturday Night Live...
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