“The EU’s new international energy strategy is woefully inadequate and would lock in decades’ more extraction of deadly gas and oil,” said Collin Rees.
Climate and environmental justice groups are raising concerns about a lack of transparency around the US-EU Joint Task Force for Energy Security that the Biden Administration announced on March 25.
“Furthering fossil fuel dependence would be the worst possible choice for Biden and von der Leyen in a critical moment — we need to double down on clean, renewable energy,” said Collin Rees.
Today, U.S. President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new task force to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The announcement reveals that the EU and United States plan to expand LNG infrastructure in Europe. Recent research shows such new LNG import infrastructure is not needed.
“Ending government support for fossil fuels is a no-brainer. Globally, governments are still propping up fossil fuels with huge sums of public money, behaviour that is incompatible with keeping global warming below 1.5ºC,” said Laurie van der Burg.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the world’s largest multilateral lender, bigger even than the World Bank. As a public bank, it’s tasked with providing finance in the EU public interest, and it has an outsized influence on the EU’s energy system because of the private investment it can “crowd in” and the sheer amount of money it has at its disposal.
Leading climate denial organisations in the UK are pushing for Brexit which could fast-track fracking.
A proposal to label the dirty tar sands as more polluting than conventional oil has been spectacularly abandoned by the European Commission after a four year lobbying campaign by the Canadians.
Later today, a scientific study which has examined the health impacts of the toxic tar sands on the health of Canada’s First Nations at Fort Chipewyan in Alberta, will be released.
After one of the most aggressive and disingenuous lobbying campaigns in recent years, Canada has won “big concessions” in its fight against the landmark European climate legislation, called the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD)