• White House: Climate Funding Is ‘A Waste Of Your Money’

    • Date: 17/03/17
    • Devin Henry, The Hill

    The White House on Thursday defended a proposal to slash federal funding for climate change programs, calling it “a waste of your money.” “I think the president was fairly straightforward on that: We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said at a White House briefing on Thursday. “We consider […]

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  • Trump Proposes Deep Cuts To EPA, Federal Climate Funding

    • Date: 16/03/17
    • Devin Henry, The Hill

    President Trump’s first budget proposal includes a 31-percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of an administration effort to slash federal climate change funding. The budget blueprint, released on Thursday, provides $5.7 billion for the EPA, down from $8.3 billion. The budget “discontinues” $100 million in funding for several climate change programs within the […]

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  • German Minister Who Criticised Unilateral Climate Targets Recants

    • Date: 15/03/17
    • Clean Energy Wire

    The Chief of the Federal Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, threw his weight behind Germany’s self­imposed plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, after calling national climate targets the “wrong path” last week. Germany will stand by its emission goals, Altmaier told the Clean Energy Wire in an interview. Newspaper commentators said Altmaier’s controversial remarks from last week marked the […]

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  • German Minister Announces End Of Unilateral Climate Targets

    • Date: 11/03/17
    • Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt

    Germany has always acted as pioneer and model pupil in climate policy. This role is now coming to an end. Minister of the Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, has denounced climate unilateralism. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister of the Chancellery Peter Altmaier; photo: Federal Government of Germany/Kugler “I am not the most weighty, but the most […]

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  • G-20 Poised To Signal Retreat From Paris Climate Deal Pledge

    • Date: 11/03/17
    • Joe Ryan, Bloomberg

    Finance ministers for the U.S., China, Germany and other members of the Group of 20 economies may scale back a robust pledge for their governments to combat climate change, ceding efforts to the private sector. Citing “scarce public resources,” the ministers said they would encourage multilateral development banks to raise private funds to accomplish goals set […]

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  • White House: Obama’s Climate Plan Is Gone — And There’s No Replacement

    • Date: 09/03/17
    • Evan Lehmann, E&E News

    The White House intends to unravel the Clean Power Plan without providing a replacement, according to a source briefed on the issue. An executive order expected to be released next week also instructs the Justice Department to effectively withdraw its legal defense of the climate rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

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  • Report: Germany’s Energiewende Threatens To Become An Economic Disaster

    • Date: 08/03/17
    • Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt

    As the cost of Germany’s green energy transition continues to rise, the number of green energy jobs is falling. That is the conclusion of a new study by McKinsey. What is more, Government policy is failing the most important goal of the Energiewende. The cost of Germany’s Energiewende continues to rise – by 14 billion euros by the year […]

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  • Germany’s Once Powerful Green Party Fears General Election Crash

    • Date: 08/03/17
    • Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten

    Germany’s Green Party must fear to miss the five percent threshold to get into the Bundestag at the general elections later this year. According to a recent INSA opinion poll, support for Germany’s Green Party stands at a meager 6.5 percent. Not long ago, the Greens had hoped to be able to move into the Bundestag […]

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