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U.S. Government Delegation Treads a Different Path than Rest of the World at Bonn Climate Summit

  • The United States of America took a diametrically opposite stand to most of the participating countries at Bonn Summit (officially called Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, in short COP), which is second such gathering since Paris Agreement of 2015. While most of the participating countries (led by US allies Canada and UK), during the summit, announced to phase out coal (traditional heavy polluter) by 2030, the USA hosted a controversial session where they tried to project that coal can indeed help in mitigating climate change. Businessman-cum-philanthropist Michael Bloomberg criticized US government’s stand by saying that promoting coal at an environment summit is similar to “promoting tobacco at a cancer summit”.