UK coal power plants should be phased out, says David Cameron

PM tweets plan to fit new plants with carbon capture and storage technology, but omits it from UN climate pledge

David Cameron believes existing coal-fired power plants in the UK should be phased out in the next 10 or 15 years, while new coal-fired stations must be fitted with carbon capture and storage technology.

In his speech to the UN climate summit in New York, however, he omitted the key phase-out pledge. But his aides said this was only owing to having to shorten the speech at the last minute, and the UK team at the UN in New York tweeted Cameron as making the announcement.

We’ve said no to new coal w/o Carbon Capture & Storage and plan to phase out existing coal over next 10-15 years. – PM Cameron #Climate2014

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