PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 06: French Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot holds a press conference in order to present his Climate plan's on July 6, 2017 in Paris, France. Hulot announced the establishment of 23 axes aimed at reducing France's carbon footprint by 2050. These measures include the end of diesel and gasoline, the end of deforestation and the reduction of nuclear power. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

In an address on Thursday, France’s environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, said that the country would aim to phase out electricity from coal-fired plants by 2022 and end the sale of gas and diesel internal combustion cars by 2040.
This first goal should be relatively easy to attain. France relies heavily on nuclear energy—more than 70 percent of the country’s energy mix is nuclear—and coal-fired plants only contribute to around four percent of France’s electric production. Hulot also said that he hoped to reduce the amount of nuclear energy in the country’s energy mix down to 50 percent by 2025, although, according to Le Monde, the environment minister admitted he does “not have all the answers.”
In addition, Hulot noted a law would be proposed later this year to potentially end any new operating licenses for oil, gas, and coal mining.
The automotive goal is more of a stretch. Although details on how the French …