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Push for clean energy stalls, energy as dirty as 20 years ago

The Intermountain Power Plant in Utah provides coal power to Los Angeles Credit: geology.utah.gov

The Intermountain Power Plant in Utah provides coal power to Los Angeles Credit: geology.utah.gov

The International Energy Agency says the average unit of energy is about as dirty as it was twenty years ago. Wind and solar power have made great advances yet this is offset by increasing amounts of natural gas and coal power.

“The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven told the CEM, which brings together ministers representing countries responsible for four-fifths of global greenhouse-gas emissions. “Despite much talk by world leaders, and despite a boom in renewable energy over the last decade, the average unit of energy produced today is basically as dirty as it was 20 years ago.”

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