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

Germany’s perception as a champion of fighting climate change is better than reality. It continues to be the sixth biggest CO2 emitter after big China, USA, Russia, India and Japan; and its per capita emissions are higher than of any other EU country. This is essentially a consequence of its precipitated 2011 decision to end… » 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

Angela Merkel carries the burden of presiding for a second time a G7/8 Summit, after Heiligendamm on the Baltic in 2007; this time, at Elmau in Bavaria, her major task should be to help preparing the crucial 21st International Climate Conference in December in Paris. At Heiligendamm, the Group of Eight had committed to taking… » 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