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News Summary: Coal Event Draws European Jeers

By The Associated Press

ENVIRONMENTAL DIG: With Poland hosting U.N. climate talks, the fossil fuel industry will get a rare chance to play a more visible role in the global warming debate. The Polish government will preside over a coal industry event on the sidelines of the two-week climate conference, infuriating climate activists.

OLD SCHOOL: Polish officials say that coal, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the country's electricity generation, won't go away anytime soon and needs to be a key part of the climate debate.

COAL MINER'S DENIZEN The coal industry and affiliated sectors provide almost 600,000 jobs in Poland and traditionally enjoy government protection, especially now, with the jobless rate hovering around 13 percent.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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