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Green Fade out in the EU

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  • Gerry Agnew
    If environmental programmes cannot succeed in the EU, then they are probably going nowhere fast elsewhere in the world. When political push comes to economic
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15, 2014
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      If environmental programmes cannot succeed in the EU, then they are probably going nowhere fast elsewhere in the world. When political push comes to economic shove, the EU’s environment protection plans are a mile wide and an inch deep! Have a look at the last line (highlighted). This says it all.
       
      Gerry
       
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      Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

      By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels

       
      DPA

      Europe may be backing away from its ambitious climate protection goals.

      The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process.

      The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the "reckless" way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This kind of blatant self-interest, officials complained at the time, is poisoning the climate.

      But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU's executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals. On Tuesday, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported as much.

      At the request of Commission President José Manuel Barroso, EU member states are no longer to receive specific guidelines for the development ofrenewable energy. The stated aim of increasing the share of green energy across the EU to up to 27 percent will hold. But how seriously countries tackle this project will no longer be regulated within the plan. As of 2020 at the latest -- when the current commitment to further increase the share of green energy expires -- climate protection in the EU will apparently be pursued on a voluntary basis.

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