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Trump's Efforts to Promote Coal at Climate Summit Draw Protests

  • Activists disrupt talks while some panelists back Paris deal
  • Nuclear power and carbon capture on agenda at Bonn summit
People disturb an event titled: "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" with friendly singing at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on Nov. 13, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. 

People disturb an event titled: "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" with friendly singing at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on Nov. 13, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. 

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The Trump administration’s bid to promote coal at a global climate conference was met with protesters who walked out of the event as panelists criticized the U.S. president’s decision to exit the landmark Paris deal.

More than 100 activists interrupted a panel discussion at the event in Bonn Monday, singing an anti-coal song to the tune of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” before walking out of the room. The protest came moments after White House climate adviser George David Banks extolled the virtues of coal-fired power to ensure “universal access” to electricity.