In your face: US talks up coal at Bonn climate conference

The 23rd annual Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – dubbed COP23 – is being held in Bonn this week, with an "official" U.S. delegation mostly absent from the proceedings.  A counter-culture delegation made the trip, but all of their activities are being held on the sidelines of the event. There was some U.S. participation in the formal proceedings.  Notably, the president of the U.S. Energy Association, Barry Worthington, gave a speech making the commonsense point that fossil fuels are going to be a dominant source of energy for the foreseeable future, so why not develop cleaner ways to burn them?  The event he spoke at was called "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" and also featured an address by White House adviser David Barks, who warned attendees not to "bury our heads in the sand and ignore the...(Read Full Post)