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Tuesday
Nov142017

Special Report: Revolt at Trump’s Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit

Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!As reported by Democracy Now!

The Trump administration, which has decided to make the United States the only country in the world to not subscribe to the Paris Climate Agreement, met with fierce and impassioned resistance at the UN Council of Parties (COP23) climate gathering in Bonn, Germany.

As Democracy Now! reports:

Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this year’s conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation.” The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this year’s U.N. climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.

The reason that the nuclear power industry supports the Paris climate agreement is that it would like to sell its snake oil to the world as the supposed solution to the very real problem. But IEER showed clearly 11 years ago, nuclear power is not the answer (the very title of Beyond Nuclear founding president Helen Caldicott's 2006 book). IEER also showed, a decade ago, that efficiency and renewables are the answer--and Germany, for one, the fourth largest economy in the world, is following that carbon-free, nuclear-free roadmap!