António Costa, Portugal’s newly reelected socialist prime minister, has made ending coal-fired power generation by 2023 the headline measure of a four-year legislative programme dominated by climate change and the environment.
The socialist party’s electoral programme talked of ending coal-fired generation between 2025 and 2030, but the Bloco de Esquerda party, on whose votes Costa will mostly rely to pass his legislative programme through parliament, had set a 2023 phaseout date.
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