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US Backs Tough Fossil Fuel Phase Down Pledge at Climate Summit

  • Countries mulling vow to ‘phase down’ all fossil fuels
  • Previous climate agreements have focused only on coal
John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for climate, left, speaks during during an interview at the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. More than 100 world leaders are set to be in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt over the next two weeks for the UN’s annual climate talks.
John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for climate, left, speaks during during an interview at the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. More than 100 world leaders are set to be in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt over the next two weeks for the UN’s annual climate talks.Photographer: Islam Safwat/Bloomberg

The US will back a proposal to phase down all fossil fuels at the UN climate conference as long as it focuses on projects with unchecked emissions, climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday.

That gives another boost to a call by India for countries at the conference to commit to phasing down all fossil fuels — going beyond last year’s pledge that focused solely on coal. On Tuesday, the European Union also said it would join the UK and small island nations in backing India’s proposal, adding pressure to the Egyptian COP27 presidency to include the wording in a drafted agreement that could be unveiled late Wednesday.