Extreme fossil fuel investment ‘soars under Trump’

Experts warn this risks undoing the progress made since the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change

By Jonny Bairstow

Global investment in the most polluting forms of energy has soared under Donald Trump’s first year of presidency.

That’s according to a new report from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which reveals a sharp increase in the financing of so-called extreme fossil fuels and warns this risks undoing the progress made since the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

It shows investment in tar sands sites surged 111% year-on-year, totalling $98 billion (£69bn).

RAN claims Wall Street banker JP Morgan Chase quadrupled its spending on the controversial fuel source last year.

The report adds the bank increased its financing for coal mining 21-fold in 2017, a move at odds with the fuel’s phase-out in many nations.

ELN has contacted JP Morgan Chase for a statement.