Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Climate change has traditionally divided the American political elite. If Republicans had acknowledged that citizens are responsible for climate change the US would no longer be the “villain of the game”, and global climate change would have been better addressed. Instead, Americans continue to ignore their responsibility for the worsening of the global climate. She… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

In the last 20 years international climate conferences have produced no more than lengthy unintelligible papers without targeted actions addressed to participants. As a result, we have been through 20 such conferences without any positive impact on global climate. The Paris Conference is meant to be more productive. So far its only potential improvement is… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

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

In the last eight years US energy and climate policy has made impressive strides towards sustainability. This is due essentially to President Obama who has invested more in climate policy than any other US President, overcoming the ideological opposition from public opinion and Congress through recourse to executive orders. Over decades US fossil energy consumption… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

According to the calculations of the world’s top climate scientists, humanity has only 30 years to go, until 2045, before reaching an increase of global temperature of more than two centigrade, its self-imposed “red light”. Indeed, at present annual global emissions of 40 billion tons the atmosphere will no longer be able to absorb additional… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

While the international community is due to finally take serious action against climate change it is worthwhile having a look at Denmark, Sweden and, to a lesser degree, Finland and Norway that have succeeded to generate two thirds of their electricity from renewable sources, mostly from wind and water. But despite intensive efforts and favourable… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The landslide victory of the Australian Conservatives in September 6th parliamentary elections risks having negative ramifications for Australian and global climate policy. One of the priorities of the new government will be the repeal of the unpopular carbon tax, which has been introduced in July 2012 by the outgoing Labour government and is credited with… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein