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25 January 2018Climate
World Economic Forum
The deadline is two years ahead of his predecessor Francois Hollande's goal of shutting down France's coal-powered plants by 2023.
<p> France only produces <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-coal-power-station-emmanuel-macron-davos-shut-2021-a8176796.html" target="_blank">around 1 percent</a> of its energy from coal-fired stations, as the country is 99 percent dependent on hydrocarbon imports. However, the move from the world's fifth largest economy shows it is determined to be a leader on climate issues and sends a signal to other nations. </p><p style=""> During his speech to politicians and business leaders on Wednesday, the French president said he wanted to "make France a model in the fight against <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change">climate change</a>." </p><p> Macron's "<a href="https://www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr/" target="_blank">Make Our Planet Great Again</a>" program <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/schwarzenegger-macron-climate-2448469934.html" target="_blank">casts</a> environmental protection as a pillar in reforming the country's economy. </p><p> "That is a huge advantage in terms of attractiveness and competitiveness," he said. "Talent will come where it is good to live. We can create a lot of jobs with such a strategy." </p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-twitter_embed"> <iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" class="rm-shortcode twitter-embed-956211928157884421" id="twitter-embed-956211928157884421" type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-956211928157884421&created_ts=1516813663.0&screen_name=EmmanuelMacron&text=We+have+decided+to+make+France+a+model+in+the+fight+against+climate+change.+We+have+already+attracted+hundreds+of+p%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2Fn5bC6aBgiR&id=956211928157884421&name=Emmanuel+Macron" frameborder="0" data-rm-shortcode-id="X2YS6W1576662824"></iframe> </p><p> Last month, the French parliament <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/france-fracking-ban-2518885658.html">passed a law</a> banning the exploration and production of all oil and natural gas by 2040 within mainland France and all overseas territories. France also <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/france-ban-cars-gasoline-diesel-2454322912.html">plans to ban</a> the sale of diesel and petrol engine cars by 2040. </p><p> At Davos, Macron stressed that warming needs to be kept within the 2 degrees Celsius limit set at the <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/paris-agreement">Paris climate agreement</a>. </p><p> "On climate change, we're losing the battle," he said, <a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/macron-at-davos-i-will-shut-all-coal-fired-power-stations-by-2021/" target="_blank">adding</a> that the world needs concrete action and results by 2020. </p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-youtube"> <span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3eb5ade16f8d1f71113691af6c6a9239"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gxiCe_N62OA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span> </p><p> Macron's climate policies are in stark contrast to <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-watch/">President Donald Trump</a>'s push for <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/fossil-fuels">fossil fuels</a>. </p><p style=""> As <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/24/macron-drops-climate-change-joke-trump-davos/1062116001/" target="_blank">USA TODAY</a> reported, Macron's opening remarks included a joke about his American counterpart's infamous <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/global-warming-trump-tweets-2520671170.html">climate change denial</a>. </p><p> "When you arrive here and see the snow, it could be hard to believe in global warming," Macron said. "Obviously you don't invite anyone skeptical about global warming this year." </p><p> Trump arrived in Switzerland Thursday to attend the World Economic Forum and to promote his "America First" agenda. </p>
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