• Germany Calls for European Firewall Against U.S. Sanctions

    • Date: 28/12/19
    • The Wall Street Journal

    Berlin wants to put European companies out of reach of U.S. action after Washington blocked its Nord Stream 2 pipeline German politicians have called on Europe to adopt protective measures against U.S. sanctions after Washington managed to halt completion of a new submarine gas pipeline linking Russia directly to Germany. The bipartisan U.S. move initiated by Congress […]

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  • U.S. Congress Abolishes Subsidies For Wind & Solar Energy

    • Date: 26/12/19
    • Houston Chronicle

    WASHINGTON – More than 25 years after Congress created tax credits to encourage the development of renewable energy, wind turbines and solar panels will soon have to fend for themselves as they never have before. Under the spending deal approved shortly before Congress took its holiday break, the investment tax credit, which reimburses 30 percent […]

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  • U.S. Sanctions May Push Russia To Sign Gas Deal With Ukraine

    • Date: 24/12/19
    • Bloomberg

    Gazprom PJSC reached an agreement to continue onshore gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine as the U.S. administration imposed sanctions on Russia’s future subsea gas-export pipeline Nord Stream 2. AllSeas Group SA, a contractor laying pipes to connect Russian gas producers with consumers in Europe via the Baltic Sea, said it will halt work on Nord Stream […]

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  • Boris Johnson Unveils Plan To Increase Number Of Flights, Despite Net Zero

    • Date: 20/12/19
    • The Independent

    New government plans to ramp up the number of flights will make it “all but impossible” for the UK to cut its carbon emissions to the required levels, environmentalists have warned. Downing Street was accused of “a total disregard for the planet” after it unveiled a new air traffic management bill on Thursday to lift practical limits […]

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  • Biomass Delivers ‘Questionable Carbon Savings’, Says New Report

    • Date: 18/12/19
    • Jonny Bairstow, Energy Live News

    Environmental thinktank Sandbag claims biomass does not allow ‘near-immediate carbon and cost reductions’ Governments should focus policy support on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar rather than on biomass, which delivers questionable carbon savings. That’s the verdict from environmental thinktank Sandbag, which has published a new report calling for policymakers to support energy sources […]

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  • Global Coal Consumption Set To Rise As Demand Grows In Developing Countries

    • Date: 17/12/19
    • The Hindu

    Coal consumption is set to rise in the coming years as growing demand for electricity in developing countries outpaces a shift to cleaner sources of electricity in industrialised nations. While use of the most polluting fossil fuel had a historic dip in 2019, the International Energy Agency anticipates steady increases in the next five years. […]

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  • Germany: World Leader In Green Flops

    • Date: 13/12/19
    • Clean Energy Wire

    Despite spending hundreds of billions of euros on ‘climate protection, Germany’s decarbonisation policy seems to be stuck in a cul-de-sack. Consumption of oil and natural gas for heating Germany’s residential buildings rose by 1.1 and 1.5 percent respectively in 2018 compared to the year before, when adjusted for weather conditions, shows a study by energy provider Techem. […]

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  • Russia’s Gas Pipeline to Europe Faces Sanctions Under U.S. Defense Bill

    • Date: 12/12/19
    • The Wall Street Journal

    U.S. lawmakers aim to halt $10.5 billion project, Nord Stream 2, by targeting key contractors U.S. lawmakers are pushing ahead with enactment of new sanctions meant to prevent the completion of a new pipeline constructed to carry Russian natural gas to Germany, beneath the Baltic Sea. The measure could set back one of Europe’s largest […]

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