France vows to shut all coal-fired power plants by 2021

Jan 26, 2018, 7:13 AM EST
French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to shut down all coal-fired power plants in the country by 2021, an announcement that reaffirms the European state’s zeal to lead the fight against climate change.

France, generating only a miniscule one percent of its energy from coal-fired power stations, realizes both the environmental and economic burden of continuing with a fossil fuel run system, notes Futurism.

In stark contrast to the French leader, U.S. President Donald Trump has scrapped several Obama-era environmental policies in the bid to revive an ailing coal industry in the country, writes Independent.