Clexit is Winning: East European states fight back against Paris Accord

Posted: May 30, 2017 by tallbloke in Big Green, EU Referendum, fuel poverty, government, greenblob

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H/T to GWPF for the heads-up on this story from Climate Change News by Arthur Neslen in Brussels

East European EU states are mounting a behind-the-scenes revolt against the Paris Agreement, blocking key measures needed to deliver the pledge that they signed up to 18 months ago.

Under the climate accord, Europe promised to shave 40% off its emissions by 2030, mostly by revising existing climate laws on renewables, energy efficiency and its flagship Emissions Trading System (ETS).

But documents seen by Climate Home show that Visegrad countries are trying to gut, block or water down all of these efforts, in a rearguard manoeuvre that mirrors president Donald Trump’s rollback of climate policy in Washington.

Energy efficiency is supposed to make up around half of Europe’s emissions reductions by 2030, but a Czech proposal could cut energy saving obligations from a headline 1.5% a year figure to just 0.35% in practice.

Below the radar, Poland has also launched a manoeuvre that may block the EU’s winter package in its entirety – particularly a planned limit on power plant emissions – if it is signed up to by a third of EU parliaments, or 10-13 states.

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Comments
  1. tallbloke says:

  2. tom0mason says:

    I wonder if this is a sudden outbreak of rationality caused by the recent cold weather, or is it just some effects of local political self interest (maybe a mix of both?)
    Either way, what excellent news. 🙂

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    I think those who signed up expecting to suck from the US$ teat will be exiting as they see themselves more the cow…. it will be a long hungry 4 years for those waiting with their mouths open…

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