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All quiet on the climate front

By Gwynne Dyer      

Where people who were concerned about global warming once worried about whether the U.S. government would dare to defy the fossil fuel lobby at home, the denialists now control the government—and it turns out not to matter all that much.

President Donald Trump sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit in Bonn, Germany, this week to extol the wonders of 'clean' coal. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore
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“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, but President Donald J. Trump did exactly that. He sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit, being held this year in Bonn, Germany, to extol the wonders of “clean” coal. Bloomberg, now a UN special envoy for climate change, got it right. The audience at the U.S. presentation

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