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Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry in an interview with Bloomberg at COP26 Tuesday predicted the U.S. would stop burning coal by 2030.

Our thought bubble via Axios' Andrew Freedman: The U.S. did not join last week to a pledge, signed by more than 40 countries, to phase out coal-fired power plants in the 2030s and 2040s. The Biden administration has a goal of decarbonizing the electricity sector by 2035, but it doesn't have a policy of ending coal use by 2030, as Kerry's comments may have implied.

  • A proposed provision in the Biden administration's $1.75 trillion spending plan, which would have rewarded power producers for reducing their emissions and thereby incentivized a move away from coal, was scuttled by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

What he's saying: "By 2030 in the United States, we won’t have coal," Kerry told Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait at the conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • "We will not have coal plants," he added.
  • "We’re saying we are going to be carbon free in the power sector by 2035," Kerry said. "I think that’s leadership. I think that’s indicative of what we can do."

The big picture: Coal is long past its heyday as the dominant U.S. power source, but still provided a fifth of U.S. electricity last year and even more in 2021, per the Energy Department's data arm.

Go deeper: Why coal is such a big deal at COP26

Andrew Freedman contributed to this report from the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Go deeper

Nov 17, 2021 - World

Scoop: Israel, Jordan and UAE to sign deal for huge solar farm

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates are set to sign a deal on Monday, pushed along by U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, to build a massive solar farm in the Jordanian desert, five Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the biggest regional cooperation project ever undertaken between Israel and its neighbors. The plan calls for the UAE-funded solar farm to provide energy mainly to Israel, which will build a desalination plant on its Mediterranean coast to provide water to Jordan.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Nov 18, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The new frontier of corporate clean energy buys

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new analysis finds good news and challenges for a growing movement to better align corporate and government energy procurement with carbon-free power.

The big picture: Princeton researchers sized up the effects of commercial and industrial buyers ensuring their facilities' demand is met around-the-clock with zero-carbon resources.

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.