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>> International talks on climate change going down through the wire in Poland. Just down the road from the conference in Katowice may be a clue to why. Coal, lots of it. Poland is a big producer. Environmentalist say the host has been foot dragging on the talks to protect industry.
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Reuters correspondent Barbara Lewis was there.>> So Poland, I would say that one of the objectives in hosting these climate talks was to share with the world how difficult it is for them to move on from coal. For them it's a source of national pride.>> Poland officially supports moves to reduce coal use, a big driver of climate change.
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But it wants any shift to be gradual, especially for cocaine coal, use to make steel. The boss of this coke producer agrees.>> I don't think anybody right now could say there is a technology that would be economically feasible. Where you can substitute coke, so it's gonna be I think, two, three decades, at least.
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>> Climate campaigners say that's too slow, they say the world needs to quit coal now. But global outputs still stands at about 4 billion tonnes per year, and if campaigns can't stop coal, money isn't talking either.>> There is no stigma attached to investing in coals, so shareholders don't like it.
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However, nature pulls a vacuum so somebody else will come in. The Chinese are one suspect.>> The Katowice talks was supposed to drive forward the Paris agreements on climate change agreed in 2015, but those hopes may prove forlorn. Green campaigners this week, dubbing Poland a colossal fossil for they say, holding back progress.