Thailand is set to begin importing coal from the US.
The Foreign Minister of Thailand, Don Pramudwinai, has said that Thailand has agreed to buy 60,000 tonnes of US coal. The announcement came during Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to the US.
This announcement comes a week before an upcoming meeting of the world bank where the US will use its position to answer calls from the developing world to support the use of fossil fuels for development.
The US is looking to export its natural resources for both economic and geo-political gains, calling this policy “energy dominance”.
This news comes following a meeting of Ministers of ASEAN who issued a joint statement which said: “They (the Ministers) acknowledged the continuing role of coal in addressing the energy security, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability in the region.”
The US is also exporting coal to Ukraine to alleviate reliance on Russia for fuel.
News of the coal deal with the US comes at the same time as talks between Shell and the Thai government over a gas field have fallen apart over disagreements.