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Robert A. Manning: Renewable energy to be vital in meeting COP21 goals

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Solar panels at the photovoltaic park in Les Mees in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, southern France.   © Reuters

The Paris COP21 climate conference offered a ray of hope, with bold pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow and eventually halt global warming. But there is a long trail of broken promises in regard to mitigating climate change. The reason is less bad faith than the hard reality that the world's energy is still overwhelmingly provided by coal, oil and natural gas.

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