Netherlands coal plants stay open

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The leader of the Dutch Green Left Party (GroenLinks), Jesse Klaver, speaks during the Delegate Conference at of the German Alliance 90/The Greens (Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen) Party at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany, 16 June 2017.

Netherlands coal plants stay open


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The leader of the Green Left party in the Netherlands said on Friday that he did not think

Coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands will not close by the end of the next governing period, according to the country’s Green Left party, which made huge electoral gains in March and was in talks for a centrist coalition until negotiations broke down in May.

“I think they don’t want it so I think it’s not going to happen,” Green Left leader Jesse Klaver told the Reuters news agency.

Speaking on the side-lines of the German Greens’ party congress in Berlin, he told Reuters that divisions over climate change were, along with differences of opinion on immigration policy, partly to blame for the collapse in coalition talks and he could not imagine returning to coalition negotiations.

While the Green Left want to coal-fired plants and channel extra funds into renewables, the centre-right VVD – the largest party after the vote – has opened new coal-fired power plants.

In 2015, a review of the Netherlands showed that just 5.6% of energy came from renewable sources the previous year and coal use was at a record high.

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