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Sierra Club Commends Dutch Coal Financing Ban

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Contact: 
Dan Byrnes (202) 495-3039 or daniel.byrnes@sierraclub.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the government of the Netherlands announced it is joining the United States, the United Kingdom, and others in agreeing to end support for public financing of new coal-fired power plants abroad except in rare circumstances. 
 
In response, John Coequyt, Director of the Sierra Club’s International Climate Program, released the following statement:
 
“The Sierra Club commends the Netherlands as they joined the U.S. and others in pledging to curtail financing for the dirty coal that is destabilizing our climate. 
 
“With the rapid fall in the price of solar and other forms of clean energy, the skyrocketing costs of new coal plants, and a growing recognition of the health and environmental costs of burning coal,  more governments, development banks, and other international players are making coal the fuel of last resort.”
 
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