The U.S. will burn more coal and oil in the coming decades, but the country needs to stop wasting fossil fuels in the process, according to the head of the U.N.’s climate group.
Read MoreEmmanuelle Charbonneau said at a news conference Thursday that a combination of low natural gas prices, rising costs for renewable energy, and the U,S.
economy’s need for a “green” economy would see fossil fuels disappear within the next few decades.
“The reason why we have to use fossil fuels is because they are the cheapest,” Charbonette told reporters.
So we need a lot of help to put them out of business.””
We are not going in the way we would have liked.
So we need a lot of help to put them out of business.”
Read MoreThe U.K. is currently using 1.6 billion metric tons of coal a year.
says the U:A.E. is the world’s fourth largest coal producer, and is expected to produce more than 2 billion metric tonmes in 2030, surpassing the U.,A.P.’s production.
The United States and Germany are the world leaders in using fossil fuels and have been for some time, but Charbonnette said the U.’s use of coal is “unacceptable” and that it’s important to shift away from coal-fired power plants.
“In 2030, we need an economic transition, not a transition in technology,” she said.
“There is a lot to do to transform the energy sector, not just the energy industry, but to change the way the world is going to operate.”
Read moreThe U.,Charbonette said, has been the world leader in using coal in recent years.
has been among the world nations to ramp up production of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, but she said she believes coal is also important for the economy.
“If we don’t do it, we’re sending the wrong message,” she told reporters Thursday.
“If we continue to use coal, we are actually creating an environment where we are creating the conditions for climate change.”
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And we have a lot more to do in the next 10 to 20 years.”
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