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Macron's Pledge to Wipe out Coal Is Just as Meaningless as Trump's Plan to Revive It

Macron on Davos

By Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State University

In a Speech at the 2018 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “make France a model in the fight against climate change” and promised to shut all Coal-fired power plants by 2021 — two years earlier than the timetable put forward by his predecessor.

While Macron’s move is mainly symbolic since France only generates about 2.2 percent of its power from coal, it signals his government is actively trying to wean itself off fossil fuels in sharp contrast to the current policy of his U.S. counterpart. “We have finally ended the war on coal,” pretty much sums up American policy these days, as President Donald Trump declared in a recent speech.

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