COP26: Australian PM Scott Morrison clings to coal despite Glasgow pledge

Pelicans resting on rocks across from industrial units in the world’s largest coal exporting port in Newcastle, Australia.
Pelicans resting on rocks across from industrial units in the world’s largest coal exporting port in Newcastle, Australia.PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY - Hours after the world reached a pact at the climate summit in Glasgow to phase down the use of coal, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked whether the deal - as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put it - "sounded the death knell for coal power".

"No," Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney. "I don't believe it did."

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