In this image made from video, protesters sing during climate talks at the World Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. About 200 protesters have disrupted a U.S. government-hosted event on coal and nuclear energy at the U.N. climate talks in Germany. The mostly young protesters stood up 10 minutes into the event in Bonn and began singing an anti-coal song to demonstrate against the use of fossil fuels. The event late Monday was the only one organized by the U.S. delegation at the talks. (AP Photo)

Rather than presenting a strategy for meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement, the Trump administration’s delegation to the United Nations’ climate conference in Bonn, Germany, is using the talks to promote the U.S. coal industry. At a U.S. government-sponsored event on Monday, for example, officials invited a top executive from St. Louis-headquartered coal giant Peabody Energy to help tout the benefits of burning coal in meeting the world’s energy needs.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who serves as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for cities and climate change, said Monday that “promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit.”
Dave Banks, Trump’s special assistant for international energy and environment, countered that climate activists fail to understand world energy demand. “This panel is only controversial if we choose to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the realities of the global energy …