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    A New Start After The Disaster - Puerto Rico Offers a Unique Opportunity 10/06/2017
    .... No wonder that US President Donald Trump's pledges of aid to the tormented island were timid and he first referred to the immense pile of debt...
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    Will the US soon stand side by side with Syria? 09/22/2017
    ... is already in sight... Paris Climate Agreement, Nicaragua, Syria, USA, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, UN Only two countries in the world have not signed... Agreement. However, a prominent partner is likely to be found soon: if Donald Trump follows his announcement from June, the US will leave the agreement...
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    Who turned the clock back? 08/25/2017
    ..., the carbon-friendly climate is being heated by - who else - President Donald Trump. Already in the election campaign, the declared friend of coal and climate change denier came out with the promise to ensure that all miners in the US will return to employment. Of course not in different branches, but actually in the coalmines of the country. Since Trump is in power, systematic efforts are being made to discredit renewable energies and initiate a renaissance of coal. However, this campaign is unlikely to be successful, as most companies have long since turned their back on coal. Fracking has led to falling natural gas prices in the US, so that in recent years many coal-fired power stations have been replaced by the more environmentally-friendly gas power plants. In addition, there has been a huge decline in prices for renewable energies and there is no end foreseeable to this developement. Nevertheless, the Trump government is trying to influence public opinion again and again: The White House, at the beginning of this week, has halted an investigation into the potential health risks facing the population close to coal mining overground. The official statement reads: For the study, which was commissioned by predecessor Barack Obama, no further tax money is to be wasted, according to the institute responsible for the study, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Energy utility against the government In Australia, the country's largest energy supplier, AGL, has also come to terms with the incumbent government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. AGL states future investments in coal-fired power plants are an economic nonsense and has therefore been investing more and more in renewable energies for the last years. It was only last week that the company announced the construction of the largest wind farm in Australia. Coopers Gap wind farm in Queensland is to have a capacity of more than 450 MW and is already the second major wind energy project this year. “AGL’s commitment to a lower emissions future is clear. The company announced earlier this year it would ramp up investment in renewable energy and decarbonise its generation by 2050. This wind farm represents a significant step towards that goal and we are proud to be a part of that,” said Geoff Culbert of GE, project partner of AGL. This announcement may have led to displeasure in the government, because Prime Minister Turnbull is said to be close to the coal industry. Australia's energy supply was based on coal in the last decades, and measures for the transition of the energy supply were only made very late. In addition, there are frequent changes of government – in the past decade alone, the country has had five different prime ministers – making a long-term energy policy impossible. US turbine manufacturer GE is one project partner for the construction of the AGL wind farm (Image: GE) No more money for coal AGL CEO, Andy Vesey, however, stresses the need to abandon coal: “The strong support we have received from our equity partners and lenders for these projects is testament to the readiness of the private sector to invest in Australia’s energy transformation. Certainty on energy policy, including the implementation of the recommendations of the Finkel Review, will enable more projects of this kind to go ahead and help place downward pressure on energy prices by increasing supply,” he said. The Finkel review examines how a future Australian energy supply can look like. On top of that, AGL has announced that it will not extend the operation of one of its few remaining coal-fired power plants, Liddell, beyond the year 2022 and wants to build solar and wind power plants instead. “We just don’t see the development of a new coal-fired power station as economically rational, even before carbon costs,” Vesey told Newcastle Herald. This only came days after the politically charged confession of Tomago Aluminum, one of the biggest energy consumers of the region, who admitted to lobbying with politicians to build a new coal plant to replace Liddell. AGL explains their planned coal exit in this video (Source: AGL) Election campaign influenced by lobbyism In Germany as well, lobbyists are currently experiencing a boom, because of the upcoming election of a new government next month. The most important thing to come under fire is the energy transition with its allegedly high costs. For example, the four remaining federal states of Germany which are still digging coal recently sent a letter to the German Federal Ministry of Economics, which calls for the use of higher pollutant limits of mercury and nitric oxide in the EU. The reason for this letter is a simple one: German coal plants are not clean enough, as German media outlets like Tagesschau reported. Environmental politician and President of the Energy Watch Group Hans-Josef Fell pointed out that in recent weeks reports have accumulated in large German media outlets that "... turn renewable energies into a bad light as a price booster and a problem for the German economy." Fell considers this a defamation campaign, among other things launched by the controversial initiative Neue soziale Marktwirtschaft (INSM, "New Social Market Economy"), a think tank founded by several employers’ associations. In the past, the INSM had repeatedly been the center of various controversies, including editorial influence. The fight for freedom of opinion in the German media is currently in full swing, but not only the opponents of the energy transition have their say. The Solar Energy Association SFV, for example, is making the effort to underline some of the opponents' theses with facts in a detailed article to be read here (in German). Clocks are indeed ticking differently, but there is no way to turn them back. ...
  • Westwoood Insight: Will Trump’s presidency dampen US offshore wind prospects? 07/18/2017
    ... presidency. Westwood Energy, Donald Trump, offshore, USA The US saw its first commercial offshore wind farm installed off Rhode Island at the end of 2016...
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    G20 Summit: Focus on Climate Protection and Energy Transition 07/07/2017
    ... on the agenda – despite Donald Trump. G20, summit, Hamburg, Germany, Donald Trump Preparations in Hamburg are underway. On Friday and Saturday, the heads of state and governments of the world's largest industrialized nations will meet here for the G20 summit. Together, these 20 nations consume 77% of the world's energy and also generate 80% of their CO2 emissions, as German environmental organization Deutsche Umwelthilfe pre-calculates. As a result, demands for a special commitment to climate protection and a quicker energy transition.are getting louder. Given the fact that US President Donald Trump will be among the guests, it is all the more important for the other 19 heads of state to insist on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, if necessary without the Americans. In order to reinforce the demand, more than 45 foundations from 12 countries have joined forces to form the 'F20' this week. Together, the foundations have assets of a double-digit billions of dollars. "For a transformation that leaves no one behind", F20 wants to ensure a dialogue between politicians, business and civil society. Dr. Michael Otto, businessman and chairman of the Michael Otto Foundation for Environmental Protection, takes a stand against Trump’s policy: "President Trump may reject the Paris Agreement, but he cannot stop the economic momentum behind climate action.” Environmental and development organization Germanwatch also has clear demands for the summit. Klaus Milke, Chairman of Germanwatch, emphasizes the global responsibility of the G20 participants: "The G20 is not the forum to create international rules. The legitimate place for this is the UN where the poor and vulnerable countries have a voice. But the G20 has a special responsibility to comply with the new international rules. This is where the largest economies, the largest resource users and the biggest climate destroyers meet – and they have to implement the agreed objectives and arrangements. It is about the fight against poverty, the implementation of human rights, the containment of the climate crisis." Wind turbine in the port of Hamburg (Photo: Katrin Radtke) A particular role is played by the host country, Germany, currently also presiding the G20. Germany has many years of experience with the expansion of renewable energies and serves as a positive example of the fact that an industrialized nation does not lose its economic power through the energy transition. “Germany should be ambitious, and demonstrate with a successful energy transition that transforming to a climate-friendly and sustainable economy is feasible,” says Dr. Lars Grotewold, Director Centre for Climate Change at Stiftung Mercator. However, the national climate protection commitments have not yet been sufficient in any participating country to achieve the Paris targets of a maximum global warming of 2 degrees Celcius and a reduction in CO2 emissions. There is still a lack of commitment to a fast coal exit, which would give the energy sector a much needed push at this stage. Instead, the figures of a new study by Greenpeace show how far e.g. Germany is lagging behind its own demands: With 46 billion euros, the German state subsidizes gasoline, coal, oil and natural gas every year, and thus continues to fuel climate change. In this respect, Angela Merkel should consider until Friday whether she would really like to act as a climate chancellor before the other heads of government – above all Donald Trump – or whether it is not finally time for the words to be followed by deeds. ...
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    "America First!" The Americans are out – or aren’t they? 06/08/2017
    ..."America First!" The Americans are out – or aren’t they? Exactly one week has passed since President Donald Trump announced the US exit from the Paris Climate Agreement. In the first few days the prophecies, which saw an end to the agreement (and the world), dominated the media outlets, but now a more realistic classification is possible. A look at the reaction of the world community makes it clear that the agreement is far from being at its end. US, Paris Climate Agreement, EU, China, India, energy transition, climate change The outrage over the US exit from the Paris Climate Agreement is still great. "President Trump's departure from the Paris Agreement is a blow to the whole of humanity and he is weakening the US itself," commented Klaus Milke, CEO of non-profit organization Germanwatch. However, the first shock has been shaken off and given way – in the truest sense of the word – to an energy-filled spirit of optimism. The "wake-up call for other nations", hoped for by German Ifo Institute for Economic Research, has been heard by more and more people. The World Reacts with Unity The European Union was the first one to react and positioned itself behind the leadership of France, Italy and Germany, rejecting Trump’s demands for a renegotiation to achieve a better deal for the US. Subsequently, Germany, the largest industry powerhouse of the EU, first announced a stronger cooperation with India in terms of climate protection, in order to subsequently bring in the Chinese. At the same time, both emerging countries were still considered potential candidates to leave the agreement. However, they are now ready to assume a different role in the game for a better future: they want to take the lead in climate protection and renewable energies. Both areas promise growth and offer economic opportunities and jobs. "Anyone who ignores all this, is blind to reality," Milke makes clear. Even today more people are actively working in the field of climate protection technologies than in the fossil energy industry, as figures from the US Department of Energy show for 2016. It’s Getting Lonely at the Top Many Americans, however, do not want to go down with their President. Thus, Elon Musk, entrepreneur and founder of Tesla, followed up on his announcement and ended his consultancy work for the President. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” he tweeted. Robert Iger, CEO of the Disney group, immediately followed his example and ended his work as an advisor for Trump. Reactions went as far as the highest diplomatic circles when US ambassador for China David Rank (see picture on the left) exited his job after 27 years in a surprise move.   Pittsburgh Is Angry – and Rebellious But reactions also came from places far more down the ladder. As Trump had said during his exit speech in his well-known tone "I was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris!", he angered city officials. Pittsburgh's Mayor, William Peduto, hastened to point out that his city had voted 80 percent for Hillary Clinton. He then signed an Executive Order committing the city to the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition, the energy supply of Pittsburgh will be completely converted to renewable energies by 2035. The fact that Trump mentioned Pittsburgh at all in his speech has historical reasons: Pittsburgh is known as the "Steel City" in the so-called 'Rust Belt' of America, where traditionally much coal and oil was mined. However, the steel crisis in the 1970s was followed by an economic decline in the area, from which many cities have not yet recovered. In Pittsburgh, on the other hand, great efforts have been made over the past few years to create structural change, and the city is now regarded as a role-model – a fact which has not yet reached Donald Trump, obviously. Grassroots and Lots of Money There are other areas of the United States wich have long been regarded as progressive. The new 'grassroots movement' in environmental protection is led by California and New York, whose governments have already launched comprehensive measures in the area of climate protection and will not to be stopped by Trump. More and more cities are now following the example of Bill de Blasio (Mayor of New York) and are contributing to voluntary climate alliances. They are supported by large US companies which have also imposed themselves voluntary commitments. The entrepreneur and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg currently coordinates and finances the new ‘U.S. Climate Alliance’ which can be joined by state and municipal governments. “Through a partnership among American cities, states, and businesses, we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process,” he said. “The American government may have pulled out of the agreement, but the American people remain committed to it.” Many Americans want the energy transition to continue. (Image: AWEA) ...
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    China and India overtake the US in green investments 05/16/2017
    ... in the renewable energy sector has cooled considerably in the US. The government under President Donald Trump had recently made headlines to reverse some...
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    Wind Energy Is Not Enough – Europe Needs To Find Broader Solutions For Energy Transition 04/28/2017
    ... States under Donald Trump are still upholding their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, other nations which have hitherto been strong forces...
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    Power to the People: Indian Girl Points Finger At Problems of Climate Protection 04/20/2017
    ... to protect the environment. More than ever before, India must play an important role in the fight against climate change – not only because Donald Trump has...
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    US Withdrawal from International Climate Protection 04/13/2017
    .... climate protection, US, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, G7 summit The participants of the summit were unable to agree on a joint final declaration on climate... President Donald Trump, is imagining their energy supply of the future: "We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough...
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