US and Japan Leave G7 Stuck on Coal

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The G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall had been pitched as a moment for the group to set a specific date for phasing out coal and thus set a benchmark for other countries ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. However, the Biden administration, with a razor-thin majority in the Senate and one Democrat Senator from coal-mining West Virginia, was reluctant to clamp down on coal. Japan, viewing coal as critical to its energy security, was also opposed to a fixed date. As a result, the final G7 statement merely promised to “accelerate the transition away from unabated coal capacity” without any deadline.

 

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