At world’s biggest climate conference, Trump adviser promotes fossil fuels

“President Trump’s top White House adviser on energy and climate stood before the crowd of some 200 people on Monday and tried to burnish the image of coal, the fossil fuel that powered the industrial revolution — and is now a major culprit behind the climate crisis world leaders are meeting here to address,” as the Washington Post is reporting.

“’We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,’ said Wells Griffith, Trump’s adviser.

“Mocking laughter echoed through the conference room. A woman yelled, “These false solutions are a joke!” And dozens of people erupted into chants of protest.

“The protest was a piece of theater, and so too was the United States’ public embrace of coal and other dirty fuels at an event otherwise dedicated to saving the world from the catastrophic effects of climate change. The standoff punctuated the awkward position the American delegation finds itself in as career bureaucrats seek to advance the Trump administration’s agenda in an international arena aimed at cutting back on fossil fuels.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “At world’s biggest climate conference, Trump adviser promotes fossil fuels”

  1. Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to coal – and its unwavering support for the United States – by appearing at a US government-run event promoting the use of fossil fuels at the United Nations climate talks in Poland.

    1. Russ you copied this direct from the Guardian, word for word. No bias in the Guardian? Please. Amazing that you forgot to copy and paste this part too:
      But Simon Bradshaw, Oxfam Australia’s climate change policy adviser, said it was “extremely disappointing” to see Australia line up behind the US in pushing a pro-coal ideas.
      “It is a slap in the face of our Pacific island neighbours, for whom bringing an end to the fossil fuel era is matter of survival, and who are working with determination to catalyse stronger international efforts to confront the climate crisis. And it is firmly against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Australians.”

  2. People are catching on to “fish”:
    Shouldn’t you capitalize your name fish? Normally that’s the proper way to write a name. I know you’re a mystery woman or man afraid to reveal his or hers true identity. Pretty dramatic for our small town.

    Posted by: Paul Emery | 12 December 2018 at 04:10 PM

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