• Germany proposes to exclude China from carbon border tax

    • Date: 23/05/21
    • Reuters

    Germany wants the European Union to create a “climate club” with countries like the U.S., Japan and possibly even China to avoid trade friction linked to green tariffs such as a planned carbon border levy. German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Saturday after talks with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the […]

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  • Wobbly G7 moves to isolate China & emerging nations on coal

    • Date: 22/05/21
    • Politico

    The G7’s anti-coal statement was undermined by the reluctance of some member countries to dump the polluting fuel. The G7 is throwing down a challenge to China and other middle and emerging economies: Follow our lead and stamp down hard and fast on coal power. Environment and climate ministers from the club of the richest […]

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  • Green IEA activists rebuked as Asian governments reject call to stop new fossil fuel investments

    • Date: 19/05/21
    • Reuters

    Asian energy officials on Wednesday disputed the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) call for no new oil, natural gas and coal investments for the world to be able to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, viewing that approach as too narrow. The IEA, which has previously championed the oil and gas industry, this week outlined a […]

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  • Merkel rejects bringing forward Germany’s 2038 coal exit

    • Date: 18/05/21
    • Reuters

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected calls to bring forward the country’s exit date for coal in power generation, currently set at 2038. “Those affected need some reliability on the path to climate neutrality,” said Merkel. “I don’t want to unravel this again after one year.” The German coal phase-out law was agreed in July 2020 – […]

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  • Macron’s climate referendum dead in the water as Senate changes draft bill

    • Date: 12/05/21
    • France 24

    President Emmanuel Macron’s promise to enshrine the fight against climate change in the French constitution via a referendum appeared moribund on Tuesday after the upper house watered down the ambitious wording of a government-sponsored bill.  The initiative to state in the constitution that France “guarantees environmental protection and biological diversity, and combats climate change” originated […]

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  • Will the EU’s planned carbon border tax backfire?

    • Date: 11/05/21
    • EurActiv

    Emerging economies such as Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have criticised the plan as “discriminatory” and unfair to developing nations. Implementing a border levy to price carbon-intensive imports and protect European industries will be “extremely complicated,” warned Jonathan Pershing, a member of the US climate envoy’s team. “I do note that it’s extremely complicated […]

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  • Net zero leccie: Green Jersey faces blackouts as France threatens to cut off electricity

    • Date: 05/05/21
    • GWPF

    France is threatening to cut off Jersey’s electricity supply in a row over access to fishing waters. President Macron’s blackmail and the risk of devastating blackouts are real since the island has taken the foolish decision to prioritise decarbonisation over energy security, abandoning most of its on-Island electricity generation to imported nuclear and hydro-electricity from […]

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  • 20% of electric vehicle owners in California switched back to fossil fuel because charging their cars is a hassle

    • Date: 03/05/21
    • Business Insider

    Roughly one in five plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners switched back to owning gas-powered cars, in large part because charging the batteries was a pain in the… trunk, new study finds.  In roughly three minutes, you can fill the gas tank of a Ford Mustang and have enough range to go about 300 miles with […]

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