Pro­test­ers dis­rupt U.S. fos­sil, nu­clear event at cli­mate talks

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BONN, GER­MANY — Pro­test­ers drowned out speeches by White House ad­vis­ers and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mon­day at an event the U.S. gov­ern­ment spon- sored at the U.N. cli­mate talks in Ger­many pro­mot­ing the use of fos­sil fu­els and nu­clear en­ergy.

About 200 pro­test­ers stood up 10 min­utes into the event and be­gan singing an anti- coal song to the tune of “God Bless the U.S.A.” They were ush­ered out of the room with- out fur­ther in­ci­dent.

The event late Mon­day was the only one the U.S. del­ega- tion or­ga­nized at the on­go­ing cli­mate talks in Bonn. The Amer­i­can del­e­gates are be­ing closely watched by di­plo­mats from the other 194 na­tions at the con­fer­ence be­cause of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s an­nounce­ment that he wants to quit the 2015 Paris cli­mate ac­cord.

Be­fore the panel, which fea­tured U.S. gov­ern­ment ad­vis­ers and en­ergy in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the gov­er­nors of Ore­gon and Washington, Kate Brown and Jay Inslee, said Trump’s re­jec­tion of cli­mate change was “a dead end.”

“What you’re go­ing to hear to­day is es­sen­tially Don­ald Trump try­ing to sell 8-track tapes in a Spo­tify stream­ing world,” Inslee told re­porters.

David Banks, who was part of the U.S. panel, said rul­ing out the use of fos­sil fu­els and other non-re­new­able sources of en­ergy was only con­tro­ver­sial “if we choose to bury our heads in the sand and ig­nore the real­ity of the global en­ergy sys­tem.”

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