Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Doing business as usual will be a recipe for failure at the decisive climate meeting in Paris next December. 20 previous world climate conferences have shown this; and the two-week Bonn preparatory meeting of environment ministers in in May has offered very little hope for an outcome that will prevent an unsustainable temperature rise in… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

This year’s Frankfurt Automobile Show has been marked by an impressive presentation of electric cars. New manufacturers like BMW and Volkswagen have entered the fray, with considerable delay, to contest the dominant position of incumbents like Nissan/Renault, Daimler and GM. No major manufacturer can any longer afford not to offer a range of electric cars.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

At the ongoing international climate conference in Poznan the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has rightly underscored that “our work for the environment should be timeless”. This commitment for preserving the global climate does not prevent the Polish government from raising serious objections to the EU climate package, which the European Council is scheduled to… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Ukraine is a major emitter of C02, comparable to Spain. It is therefore laudable that the government aims at reducing C02 emissions at the same rate as the EU, i.e. 20 percent by 2020. That should be feasible provided the country focuses on its huge potential for raising energy efficiency. Like all former socialist countries,… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After years of booming sales and profits the European automobile industry finds itself confronted with a “consumer strike”, forcing manufacturers to temporarily close down plants and send their personnel into unpaid vacations. In view of the high market saturation in most European countries this situation was overdue and the steep decline of sales in the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

For two decades US government authorities have indulged in an unbelievable negligence of the banking sector: Banks could place very risky new financial instruments into the market without being called to order by fragmented banking authorities. Similarly, the US government, followed by others, allowed car makers to seduce consumers into buying the most perverse gas… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Malta is among the very few EU countries whose energy supply is 100% based on fossil sources, essentially oil. No wonder that its per capita emissions of C02 are unacceptably high for a country situated in Europe’s southern sun-belt. With 7 tons annually it exceeds France’s output! This situation is not sustainable. Oil prices are… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein