• Germany Government Divided Over Draft Climate Action Law

    • Date: 25/02/19
    • Clean Energy Wire

    The first draft of Germany’s Climate Action Law, presented last week, has laid bare conflicting views within the German coalition government over how the country should meet its climate targets. The proposal has drawn criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, the economically liberal FDP and industry association BDI, but has been welcomed by the Social […]

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  • Climate War Splits German Government As Climate Law Is Postponed Indefinitely

    • Date: 22/02/19
    • Andreas Mihm, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    Climate policy is increasingly splitting German’s coalition government of Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD)  The commission agreed in the government contract for the energy-efficient renovation of buildings has been canceled, the traffic commission argues not only over speed limits. Although the “coal commission” has presented a plan for a coal exit by 2038, […]

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  • Carbon Cut Apocalypse: Climate Policies Threaten To Kill Australia’s Economy

    • Date: 21/02/19
    • The Australian

    Labor’s 45 per cent emissions-­reduction target would push electricity prices 50 per cent higher, cost workers up to $9000 a year in lower wages and wipe $472 billion from the economy over the next decade, according to the first independent modelling of the energy policies of both the government and opposition. The Coalition’s commitment to […]

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  • White House Readies Panel To Assess If Climate Change Poses A National Security Threat

    • Date: 20/02/19
    • The Washington Post

    The proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Security is being spearheaded by William Happer, a National Security Council senior director. The White House is working to assemble a panel to assess whether climate change poses a national security threat, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, a conclusion that federal intelligence agencies have affirmed several times […]

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  • Radical Idiots: French Intellectuals Braced For The End Of The World

    • Date: 19/02/19
    • The Times

    Decades after French philosophers stopped fretting over existence, the thinking classes have embraced a new fad: the end of the world. Cited by converts from President Macron to pop singers and yellow-vest protesters, the doctrine of imminent apocalypse goes under the unlikely franglais name la collapsologie. State officials have attended a new university master’s course in […]

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  • German Govt Puts Off Climate Law As Conflict Within Coalition Deepens

    • Date: 18/02/19
    • Clean Energy Wire

    Resistance against plans by the SPD-led environment ministry to instruct other ministries on emissions reduction and the Conservatives’ rejection of a price on carbon emissions are at the heart of the spat. A dispute over what is meant to become its most important climate policy measure adds itself to the many internal woes of Germany’s […]

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  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe: Green Taxes Are Killing Europe’s Economy

    • Date: 13/02/19
    • Energy Voice

    Ineos founder and Brexit-backer Sir Jim Ratcliffe has slammed the EU over expensive regulations and “stupid” green taxes he claims are choking Europe’s chemicals industry. In an open letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Sir Jim warned Europe is “no longer competitive” as a result of its strict energy and labour laws, which he […]

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  • Labor Unions Fear Democrats’ Green New Deal Poses Job Threat

    • Date: 12/02/19
    • Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Labor unions say they are withholding support for a Green New Deal unveiled by Democrats last week to transition the American economy away from fossil fuels, arguing the loosely-defined plan could kill jobs if its architects aren’t careful. The cool response from unions underscores the challenge facing Democratic presidential hopefuls who support […]

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