Coal, Climate Justice, and the Cultural Politics of Energy Transition

  title={Coal, Climate Justice, and the Cultural Politics of Energy Transition},
  author={Benjamin Brown and Samuel J. Spiegel},
  journal={Global Environmental Politics},
In the wake of the Paris Agreement on climate change, promises to phase out coal-fired power have suggested cause for optimism around energy transition globally. However, coal remains entangled with contentious development agendas in many parts of the world, while fossil fuel industries continue to flourish. This article discusses these entanglements through a climate justice lens that engages the cultural politics surrounding coal and energy transition. We highlight how recent struggles around… 

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