Dominic Lawson: An inconvenient truth: fossil fuels aren’t going. The world’s biggest economies won’t follow our ‘climate leadership’. Sir David Attenborough may be seen as an infallible ecological pope in this country; but elsewhere not so much. When the British government got him to lecture the G7 leaders assembled in Cornwall in moral support of the host’s proposal that they declare a fixed date by which they would have phased out all coal-fired energy, it did not have the desired effect. The Americans refused — backed by the Japanese. President Biden has a little local difficulty with that one. His party’s wafer-thin majority in the legislature is dependent on the “conservative” Democrat Joe Manchin, from the coal-producing heartland of West Virginia, who happens to be chairman of the Senate energy committee. To make this clearer still, Manchin released the following statement after the G7 had rejected the UK’s suggested wording: “Fossil fuels, including coal, will be part of the global energy mix for decades to come.” He’s right, you know.
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