The EU must give green light to nuclear and gas or face disaster – Net Zero Watch

Posted: December 24, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, ideology, net zero, Nuclear power, Politics
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Sawing off the branch of the tree you’re sitting on seems an unlikely sort of energy policy. However, it’s now the approach being pursued in much of Europe and elsewhere due to an obsession with the output of failing climate models.
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London, 22 December – Net Zero Watch has warned EU leaders to reject last ditch attempts by campaigners to prevent the EU’s planned green taxonomy for gas and nuclear energy or face a political and economic disaster.

Despite Europe facing its worst energy crisis since the Second World War, campaigners are trying to prevent the EU from easing and encouraging the investment in desperately needed new natural gas and nuclear power plants and infrastructure, says Net Zero Watch.

Both low-carbon energy sources are included in the EU Commission’s proposed “taxonomy for sustainable activities” which is reported to be tabled at the end of the year.

In recent days, climate activists including Greta Thunberg have launched campaigns against the European Commission’s new energy priorities which inform its planned green taxonomy.

Germany’s new coalition government is under pressure from green ministers to reject the inclusion of nuclear energy and natural gas in the EU’s new energy classification system.

According to media reports, the European Commission is expected to publish the draft taxonomy on 31 December, allowing for a few days of consultation.

The final proposal, expected to be published in mid-January, could only be blocked by a super-majority of EU member states. This seems highly unlikely in the midst of Europe’s deepening energy crisis.

Full article here.

  1. Phoenix44 says:

    Gotta laugh. Make legallly binding commitments to use “Green” energy then change the definition of “Green”.

    Poor old Greta finds she’s been played by politicians just as much as we have.

  2. oldbrew says:

    You might think Germans and others would realise that unreliable and/or inadequate power supply is not going to be a good place to be. Maybe only when the energy crises and costs become intolerable?

  3. SasjaL says:

    It seems more like cutting down the whole tree …

  4. roger w carradice says:

    Dont forget to to dry the timber before burning it!

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    pushing the world to the Middle Ages life of disease, poverty, periodic starvation, etc.

  6. Gamecock says:

    The new science: abuse a good scientific term.

    ‘taxonomy for sustainable activities’

    Taxonomy is classification, like family, genus and species.

    ‘With the taxonomy, the European Commission aims to create a unified definition of a sustainable activity.’

    ‘The taxonomy is first and foremost a list of criteria that must be met in order for an activity to be considered sustainable.’

    For God’s sake, if you want to create a list of actions, fine. But don’t abuse scientific language by calling the list a ‘taxonomy.’ Anymore than this week’s grocery store specials are a ‘taxonomy.’

    “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  7. stpaulchuck says:

    Gamecock says:
    December 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    it’s the classic, Gamecock. Throw a bunch of scientific terms around and all the NPC’s will think you are a highly educated intellectual and thus an expert to be heeded. Here’s what one of my favorite writers says about intellectuals –

    “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” – George Orwell
    You must be an intellectual. Only an intellectual could say something so stupid. – George Orwell

  8. Phil Salmon says:

    If they block nuclear, it means they are not serious about CO2.
    It means the whole climate circus is pure pantomime.

  9. Paul Vaughan says:

    taxonomy obvious$sly means$

  10. Paul Vaughan says:

    actually, it’s not even clear what they mean

  11. Paul Vaughan says:

    ok, figured out what they mean: pay poor plain$MIA
    “$sum $sum $sum $sum $sum $sum $sum $sum”
    “and take your money….and take your money….and take your money….and take your money”

    Thank God for the universal translator.
    I almost didn’t understand so clearly.

  12. Paul Vaughan says:

    to get the message concisely: begin time index 225

  13. oldbrew says:

    The UK energy scene has already gone pear-shaped…

    Energy prices: Government must show more urgency, says Ovo boss
    Published 5 hours ago

    In recent months, wholesale gas prices have risen to unprecedented levels. Last week, they hit a new record of 450p per therm, which experts think could take average annual gas bills to around £2,000 next year.

    On Thursday, Energy UK, the industry’s trade body, warned bills could soar by another 50% unless the government intervenes.

    More than 20 energy companies have collapsed since wholesale prices started to spike, unable to pay high prices or pass the increased cost on to consumers. Nearly four million customers have been affected.
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    Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Ideology and reality diverging faster than ever…

    Germany’s Reaction To The Energy Crisis Could Be Catastrophic
    Dec 22, 2021

    — Germany’s determination to go green despite an energy crisis in Europe could significantly impact the country’s energy security

    — While power prices in Europe have been soaring and natural gas prices have begun to drop, Germany is refusing to change its energy policy

    — Specifically, it is Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power and accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired plants that has confused analysts

    Germany also has a plan to kick its natural gas habit, with plans to end power generation from gas by 2040. Currently, half of all German homes are heated with natural gas.
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    Good luck with all that 🙄

    Germany’s Energy Surrender
    Dec 27, 2021

    German one-year forward electricity prices have hit €300 per megawatt hour. For comparison, the 2010 to 2020 average was under €50 per megawatt hour.

  15. oldbrew says:

    DECEMBER 31, 2021
    Germany to close nuclear reactors despite energy crisis

    Germany will shut down three nuclear power plants on Friday even as Europe faces one of its worst ever energy crises, following Angela Merkel’s timetable for phasing out atomic energy.

    With energy prices already on the rise and tensions higher than ever between Europe and key gas supplier Russia, the closure of the plants in Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen could well tighten the squeeze.

    The move will halve remaining nuclear capacity in Germany and reduce energy output by around four gigawatts—equivalent to the power produced by 1,000 wind turbines.
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    Asking for trouble?

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