In this interview former Member of Parliament Hans-Josef Fell (Green Party) says that some of his fellow Greens want to move the goalposts.
The existing policy is to aim for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and 100 percent of all energy renewable by 2040.
The new goals would scrap the 2030 and 2040 goals and call for 50% of electricity by 2020 and a “mostly” renewable system by 2050.
Obviously, these goals are much less ambitious than those adopted as Gre
Bill McKibben writes again in the Guardian about the evil (in his view) Exxon corporation. This time with the title “Imagine if Exxon had told the truth about climate change.”
The general idea is again that Exxon could have strongly accelerated countermeasures.
And again my comment is: If true, it would be a good idea to get Exxon and the other fossil fuel companies on board, as opposed to trying to paint them as the villains in this story. Since they have such amazing powers
Tomorrow the Juncker EU Commission will be in office for one year. For the occasion they have prepared overview reports on what they have achieved in that time frame.
The report for energy and climate is here (PDF).
Page 3 of the report states that 53% of EU energy is imported at a cost of 400 billion euro a year. With oil, the dependency on imports is at 90%, and 94% of transport relies on oil.
That of course means that if Europe succeeds with the goal of reducing CO2
The prices for carbon permits in the EU have recovered to a level of over 8 euro, up from less than 4 back in January 2013.
That’s good news. All things equal, higher carbon prices mean a faster transition to clean energy.
On the other hand, the way the system works low carbon prices also mean that the EU is on schedule for achieving the reduction targets. Higher prices mean that there are more buyers on the market who are unable to meet their goals.
Anyway, how much d
That’s what Joe Romm says, quoting research from Harvard.
If true, this finally solves the great mystery of global warming:
How can humanity be both so clever as to develop modern civilization in the first place and so dumb as to burn all the fossil fuel?
My previous explanation involved an alien hypnotist who made humanity heat up the planet for entertainment purposes.
But if this theory is correct, we might have another explanation that makes sense.
The German “Tagesspiegel” has published an article about what the “Desertec industrial initiative” has been up to lately (in German).
We learn that the number of shareholders has been reduced to three: RWE, ACWA, and SGCC. The latter is the world’s largest utility and based in China, which will be convenient for all Desertec work related to energy from the Gobi desert.
ACWA is based in Saudi Arabia, another excellent candidate for energy from the desert. They have lots of dese
PV magazine reports on discussions in Japan to introduce auctions as a method to save costs into the Japanese feed-in tariff system.
That is a bad idea. Auctions will increase costs, not reduce them.
If Japan wants to reduce costs, the first thing they should do is stop paying people at historical rates. Right now, you can go get your project approved at some point in time, at the rates in force then, and then wait a couple of years for prices to go down before you actually st
The Court Decision
The EU Court of Justice yesterday decided that bitcoins are not discriminated against compared to dollars, euros, or yen (Case C‑264/14, Hedquist).
When running a currency exchange selling euros for dollars or yen, there is no need to pay value added tax for the value of the currency under Article 135 (1) e) of Directive 112/2006. That reads:
transactions, including negotiation, concerning currency, bank notes and coins used as legal tender, with
Bill McKibben writes at the Guardian:
this company had the singular capacity to change the course of world history for the better and instead it changed that course for the infinitely worse.
That’s about the recent reports that Exxon knew about global warming decades ago and chose to lie about these issues.
If it is true that one company like Exxon has the “singular capacity” to change global warming, then it would be important to have this company change course.
I will be speaking at the Japanese Society for German Constitutional Cases on November 7.
For that purpose I have prepared a Japanese translation of the case I am going to discuss. This post is for the purpose of putting that out for downloading: