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COP 24: Trump administration to present side event on coal

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According to a recent report by Reuters, the Trump administration is planning to organise a side event promoting fossil fuels at COP 24 in Katowice (Poland).

Like the 2017 meeting in Bonn (Germany), at the UN’s upcoming climate summit, which is due to take place around 10 December, the administration is expected to highlight the benefits of technologies that burn fuels such as coal more efficiently.

COP 24 is intended to create a rule book to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which has been accepted by the majority of nations globally.


The Paris agreement promoted the of ending the fossil fuel era this century by spurring a trillion dollar transition to cleaner energy sources, such as solar and wind power.

Despite the Trump administration aiming to promote energy strategies that could detract from international goals, the Trump team reportedly also plans to let State Department officials continue negotiating the climate accord - an acknowledgement that the next US president may drop the nation's opposition to the pact.

One source said: "The White House seems to have taken the view that it’s important to let technocrats complete the work of the rule book. It's in the US national interest to be at the table and see an outcome that emphasises transparency, holds countries accountable”.

The White House and the State Department have not responded to requests for comment.

The US is the only country to have announced its intention to formally withdraw from the Paris agreement.

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