Rhein on Energy and Climate

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Angel Gurria, the secretary general of the OECD, has most recently reminded the world that carbon emissions were increasing at a pace that might lead to a rise of global temperatures of four centigrade by the end of the century, twice the maximum temperature still considered acceptable by the international community. That is why he… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

With a great majority the Ecuadorian parliament has approved to start the exploration and production of oil in its Yasuni natural Park, which contains among the earth’s richest varieties of plant and animal species. This is the reaction to the failure of an interesting deal that Rafael Correa, the Ecuadorian president, had proposed to the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Coal-fired power plants are the worst emitters of greenhouse gases. This goes for US, China, India, Australia, Poland and many other countries. It is therefore urgent to curb their emissions. This can be done by: fixing strict C02 emission standards; inviting banks to make loans for power plants subject to strict emission standards. The USA… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The USA is getting serious with tackling climate change. Just in time for the next International Climate Conference in November in Warsaw, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed strict emission standards for new power. To meet these standards, power plants will have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by about 40% to roughly 500g… » 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

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

After many months of discussion, negotiators of Council, Parliament and Commission agreed to a compromise on June 24, to make stricter C02 car emission standards (95 g/km) mandatory by 2020.The finalisation of this compromise under the Irish presidency was considered a formality. But this turned out to be illusory. Under high-level pressure from Germany, the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After months of preparations President Obama has unveiled a new strategy for coping with climate change. In a strong policy message at Georgetown University he stressed the absolute necessity for the USA and the world to take more drastic joint action to prevent climate change from devastating the future of the earth and mankind. This… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein