Rhein on Energy and Climate

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During the last years international organisations from IMF to IEA have called for the abolition of subsidies on oil and gas consumption. At its meeting in September 2009, the G20 has also agreed to phase them out in the medium term. Without much avail; most governments concerned continue to ignore these calls, whatever the negative… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The UN Climate Summit on September 24, 2014 has once again underlined the threat of global warming and climate change for future generations but stopped short of responses to what constitutes the overriding challenge for Humanity. A mobilisation event is not enough, even if the thousands of people that flocked the streets in USA and… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Poland has been a laggard in European Climate Policy. Its substantial coal reserves, second to those of Germany, and a powerful coal lobby have prevented the country for a long time from waking up to the climate challenge. No wonder that coal continues to account for more than half of its energy consumption and more… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The division of Commission services into one dealing with energy policy and another one with climate change policy has always been an artificial one: to influence climate change policy makers have to rely on energy policy. It is therefore positive to recombine the two sides of the coin under a single command and put an… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Mr. Abbot`s new liberal-conservative government has been elected on the promise to abolish the carbon tax on mining, coal power and air transport companies introduced by his predecessor to contain excessively high Australian green house gas emissions. As of first July 2014 the carbon tax has been formally repealed. The new government claims that electricity… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein