The Trump administration's effort to pitch coal and other fossil fuels at a United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, on Monday was not particularly successful.
President Donald Trump’s chief climate adviser, George David Banks, and energy industry representatives were shouted - and sung - down by approximately 100 protesters.
The demonstrators expressed anger at the push for energy sources that many blame for global warming, and also at Trump's intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.
The White House-sponsored event - which was titled “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation” - was disrupted for several minutes before the protesters walked out. Throughout the remainder of the presentation, angry audience members heckled and mocked the speakers as they promoted fossil fuels.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended the conference and who has spent millions of dollars on his anti-coal campaign, told The New York Times, “Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit.”
Trace Gallagher reported on "Fox News @ Night" that the event was designed to encourage more efficient use of coal and natural gas, as well as nuclear power.
“Without a question, fossil fuels will continue to be used,” Banks said at the outset of the panel. “And we would argue that it’s in the global interest to make sure that when fossil fuels are used that it's as clean and efficient as possible.”
Gallagher said even renewable energy advocates acknowledge that millions of people in countries across Asia and Africa rely on natural gas and coal because they are affordable and abundant.
He said the White House's position is that the goal should not be eradicating coal - which they believe is unrealistic - but instead burning cleaner coal, which can greatly reduce carbon emissions.
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