Rhein on Energy and Climate

Archives for Climate Diplomacy

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

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

It seems next to impossible for the international community to agree before the end of 2009, in just 12 months, on a meaningful package for mitigating climate change. The odds speak against. First, it has taken the EU 12 months from proposals to adopting legislation, but only thanks to formidable preparative efforts by the EU… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Just two days after the European Council has adopted the EU climate policy package, the Australian government has followed suit, presenting its “carbon pollution reduction scheme”. That is good news because it shows that the rich countries are finally getting serious for the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009. For Australia action on the climate… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

1. The EU is likely to approve its second climate package by March 2009. This will constitute a huge step forward for the EU and for the world. It will be the most comprehensive piece of climate policy ever adopted so far, whatever its shortcomings may be. The EU will have the legal and administrative… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein