U.K. Joins ‘Global War on Coal’

The U.K. is cutting its cutting its financing of coal plants in other countries.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Nov. 20, 2013, 9:17 a.m.

Less than a month after the U.S. cut back its fund­ing for over­seas coal plants, the United King­dom is fol­low­ing suit, an­noun­cing the move at the cur­rent U.N. cli­mate talks. Much like the U.S. plan, the Brit­ish plan will in­clude ex­cep­tions for the poorest coun­tries that can­not reas­on­ably af­ford al­tern­at­ives, re­ports The Hill.

“It is com­pletely il­lo­gic­al for coun­tries like the U.K. and the U.S. to be de­car­bon­iz­ing our own en­ergy sec­tors while pay­ing for coal-fired power plants to be built in oth­er coun­tries,” said Brit­ish En­ergy and Cli­mate Change Sec­ret­ary Ed­ward Dav­ey.

The United States praised the policy shift and called for more coun­tries to do the same. “We are de­lighted that the United King­dom is join­ing the United States in shift­ing pub­lic fin­an­cing to­ward clean­er en­ergy sources,” said U.S. Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Coun­cil spokes­wo­man Caitlin Hay­den. “This is an im­port­ant com­pon­ent of Pres­id­ent Obama’s Cli­mate Ac­tion Plan, and we look for­ward to work­ing with the U.K. to en­cour­age oth­er coun­tries to im­ple­ment sim­il­ar po­lices.”

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