U.S. part of international agreement to phase out coal fired plants by early 2030s: report

An agreement to put the squeeze on the coal industry demonstrated that when Marxists tell you their plans, believe them.

Representatives from G7 nations have been gathering in Italy ahead of the informal group’s summit in June and it was there that climate zealotry set a deadline to cripple a key energy source. During an interview with Class CNBC, Andrew Bowie, a United Kingdom minister for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero said the quiet part out loud when he announced, “Yes, we do have an agreement to phase out coal in the first half of the 2030s.”

Speaking with correspondent Silvia Berzoni, the minister expanded on behalf of his nation’s agreement with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States, as well as the European Union, “This is, by the way, a historic agreement, something that we weren’t able to achieve at COP28 in Dubai last year.”

“So, to have the G7 nations come around the table and send that signal to the world — that we, the advanced economies of the world are committed to phasing out coal by the early 2030s — is quite incredible,” added Bowie.

While the official communication from the meeting indicated that the 2035 deadline could be changed to a “timeframe consistent with limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius” in relation to levels prior to industrialization, Thursday, Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency announced final rules that supported those target dates.

In a press release, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan expressed, “Today, EPA is proud to make good on the Biden-Harris Administration’s vision to tackle climate change and to protect all communities from pollution in our air, water, and in our neighborhoods. By developing these standards in a clear, transparent, inclusive manner, EPA is cutting pollution while ensuring that power companies can make smart investments and continue to deliver reliable electricity for all Americans.”

Among the final rules, the release specified one “for existing coal-fired and new natural gas-fired power plants that would ensure that all coal-fired plants that plan to run in the long-term and all new baseload gas-fired plants control 90 percent of their carbon pollution.”

It also specified that, “The agency’s final rule includes implementation flexibilities for power plants. For example, the final rule creates a new compliance path for electricity generating units that permanently stop burning coal by 2034.”

Less than a year-and-a-half earlier, the White House had endeavored to walk back remarks from President Joe Biden where he had previewed “shutting plants down.”

“I was in Massachusetts about a month ago on the site of the largest coal plant in America. Guess what? It cost them too much money,” Biden said while in California. “No one is building new coal plants because they can’t rely on it, even if they have all the coal guaranteed for the rest of the existence of the plant. So it’s going to become a wind generation.”

“And all they’re doing is, it’s going to save them a hell of a lot of money and using the same transmission line that they transmitted the coal-fired electric on, we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power,” the president continued.

With only days to go before the midterm elections at the time, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had attempted to salvage the message coming from the president and insisted that Biden, “knows that the men and women of coal country built this nation: they powered its steel mills and factories, kept its homes and schools and offices warm. They made this the most productive and powerful nation on Earth.”

“He came to the White House to end years of big words but little action to help the coal-producing parts of our country,” she added before she later called Biden’s remarks “twisted” and attempted, “The President was commenting on a fact of economics and technology: as it has been from its earliest days as an energy superpower, America is once again in the midst of an energy transition.”

Kevin Haggerty

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