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Monday, 17 July 2017 14:03

Trump wants international climate funding to go towards coal

Written by  E.A. Crunden

President Donald Trump wants to redirect funding for countries affected by climate change towards the construction of coal plants.

Using its seat on the U.N. Green Climate Fund (or GCF) board, the United States will work to advance U.S.

energy interests globally, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity with Bloomberg. In step with the Trump administration’s broader efforts to revive the coal industry, the official said the United States will encourage countries receiving GCF funds to construct “clean” coal plants. Lobbying for spending money on natural gas infrastructure globally will also be a priority.

Shifting away from coal and other fossil fuels was a key component of the historic Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2° C (3.6° F) above pre-industrial levels. Coal itself releases more carbon dioxide when burned to produce electricity than any other fossil fuel — playing a staggering role in climate change. Mining for coal, moreover, is notoriously dangerous and takes a heavy toll on the environment.

The Trump administration’s push for coal abroad comes following a joint G20 statement released last week, which emphasized a U.S. commitment to “work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently.

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