• Europe’s Green Energy Policy Is A Disaster For The Environment

    • Date: 03/12/16
    • Michael Le Page, New Scientist

    The European Union’s proposals for revising its renewable energy policies are greenwashing and don’t solve the serious flaws, say environmental groups. The EU gets 65 per cent of its renewable energy from biofuels – mainly wood – but it is failing to ensure this bioenergy comes from sustainable sources, and results in less emissions than […]

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  • OPEC Cuts Output, US Shale Industry Rejoices

    • Date: 01/12/16
    • The American Interest

    While OPEC — and in particular Saudi Arabia — bites the bullet and cuts oil production, producers around the world stand to benefit from a bump in prices. In the U.S., this should mean a corresponding rise in output as more shale plays become profitable. For the first time in eight years, the Organization of […]

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  • Dutch Parties Ditch Paris Agreement Targets

    • Date: 30/11/16
    • Janene Pieters, NL Times

    Not a single political party in the Netherlands managed to go far enough in their election promises on the environment to reach the climate target set in the Paris Agreement, the Volkskrant reports based on its own analysis of the election campaigns of the Dutch parties. Even where programs embrace the Paris targets, their intentions fall […]

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  • EU Revises Energy Policy, Fails To Set CO2 Targets For Member States

    • Date: 30/11/16
    • Laurence Norman, The Wall Street Journal

    BRUSSELS—The European Union’s executive set out proposals on Wednesday aimed at moving the bloc toward meeting its climate change goals in an overhaul of rules affecting the power and renewable-energy markets. The measures include a new, higher target for energy savings by 2030 that would reduce the bloc’s dependence on fossil-fuel imports, new rules on […]

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  • Trump To Scrap NASA Climate Research In Crackdown On ‘Politicized Science’

    • Date: 24/11/16
    • Oliver Milman, The Guardian

    Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during […]

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  • Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne May Lose Elections Over High Electricity Prices

    • Date: 20/11/16
    • The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA — Premier Kathleen Wynne is calling high electricity prices her “mistake.” As Wynne’s personal popularity has plummeted under 20 per cent, rising hydro bills have become one of the most pressing issues for the governing party ahead of the June 2018election. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park on Wednesday November 2, 2016. In a […]

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  • Donald Trump Versus Green Subsidies: New Wrinkle for Elon Musk’s Tesla-SolarCity Plans

    • Date: 18/11/16
    • Cassandra Sweeet, The Wall Street Journal

    Shareholders set to vote on Thursday over the merger of Tesla Motors Inc. and SolarCityCorp. have a new dilemma to consider: How Donald Trump’s election will affect subsidies for green power. The electric-car and rooftop-solar companies controlled by Elon Musk rely on federal clean-energy tax credits and rebates to drive down the costs of what they sell. Buyers of Tesla cars can obtain a $7,500 […]

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  • Forget Trump: European Commission Awarded ‘Fossil of the Day Award’ For Watering Down Climate Policies

    • Date: 17/11/16
    • Blue & Green Tomorrow

    The Commission was given the award for the inconsistency between its rhetoric at the international climate negotiations and failure to walk the talk at home while preparing the future EU energy legislation. On 30 November, just a few days after COP22 finishes, the European Commission will publish its so-called ‘winter package’ consisting of eight legislative […]

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