Shale and non-Russian gas imports at heart of new EU energy strategy

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Ukraine crisis forces bloc to seek diverse sources of gas, but green groups complain ignoring renewables is a mistake

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

The EU’s latest energy security strategy bets big on ‘sustainable’ production of fossil fuels ignoring the climate impacts of more gas.

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EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says

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A big challenge for the next European Commission will be to disconnect its evidence gathering processes from the “political imperative” that’s driving policy proposals, according to Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Strange article. Was she really that naive when she accepted this job. Politics will ALWAYS beat science. Politics is about power. And if she makes this evaluation now, she has one good way to react; resign.

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Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

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Industry’s over-inflated reserve estimates are unravelling, and with it the ‘American dream’ of oil independence

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Is the American shale bubble going to bust? Nafeez Ahmed provides the facts. But do facts matter for policymakers?

"Despite the mounting evidence that the shale gas boom is heading for a bust, both economically and environmentally, both governments and industry are together pouring their eggs into a rather flimsy basket." Or: the power of lobbying…

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An energy system without fossil fuels is technically possible

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The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased out and replaced with renewable energy.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

The big ambitions of a small and competitive country. The fossils’ PR and lobbying machine will need to work overtime.

See on www.ens.dk

Event: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet

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Will our economies run out of the minerals needed for its further growth? This is the theme of a new report to the Club of Rome. The report will be presented in Brussels on 12 June.

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Resource scarcity

Report author Ugo Bardi, Professor at the University of Florence, President, Association for the Study of Peak oil and Gas, will present the book and enter into debate with Denis Goffaux, CTO and Member of the Executive Committee of Umicore, and Ernst von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, Co-President of the Club of Rome.

Registration for the event via the Club of Rome Brussels web site.

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Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

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The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday said.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

This is not new – the military have been warning for years but who is listening, and more importantly what will be their recommendations? A change of lifestyle? Very unlikely; more likely, more military to secure the rich and powerful.

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Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe

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“…the Commission has launched a public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU’s long-term growth and jobs plan”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Interesting title for this Europe 2020 strategy consultation. With a bit of reshuffling, you get what it should REALLY be about: towards a post-growth crisis strategy. The reality of the ‘end of growth’ still escapes EU leaders.

Read this Green European Foundation publication to know about Europe’s real challenge: http://gef.eu/gnd/new-publication-a-post-growth-society-for-the-21st-century-an-executive-summary/

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Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca shows that big pharma is as rotten as the banks

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Mariana Mazzucato: Global pharmaceutical companies are dodging the risks by loading R&D costs on to taxpayers

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Great article in The Guardian by Mariana Mazzucato.

"… just like the banks, big pharma socialises the risk, but privatises rewards. The few drugs that are coming out would not have emerged without taxpayer-funded research. Yet the taxpayer then pays twice: first for the research then for the high prices, justified by the supposedly high risk that big pharma is taking on. This is almost surreal: what risk? And what about taxpayer risk?"

This is Corporation 1920. What we need is Corporation 2020 (see the work of Pavan Sukhdev: http://www.corporation2020.org/

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The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us

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“The Techno-Anthropocene has an Achilles heel: energy (more specifically, the failings of nuclear power). The Lean-Green Anthropocene has one as well: human nature.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Interesting perspective on the Anthropocene debate by Richard Heinberg but I keep struggling with this new Age of Man narrative. It seems to me as much  a token of our human hybris as a concept with dangerous ideological connotations.

See on www.resilience.org

The Collapse of Western Civilization

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The year is 2393, and a senior scholar of the Second People’s Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment, the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies, entered into a Penumbral period in the early decades of the twenty-first century, a time when sound science and rational discourse about global change were prohibited and clear warnings of climate catastrophe were ignored.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Looking forward to reading Naomi Oreskes new book on the demise of the West and the ‘carbon industrial complex’.

See on cup.columbia.edu

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