while the world is finally waking up to the climate emergency Spanish politicians are cashing in by running the other way
Thousands of Solar Installations Illegal from 11th April
Eco and social organizations sent a letter to the caretaker government pleading for a delay to the Royal Decree against photovoltaic installations . What’s worse, in order to figure out who is producing what level of energy (and, of course, how much to tax it), all solar panels will have to be hooked up to the grid by 11th April.
“This law is like producing your own tomatoes and being forced to pay the supermarket 100 times over because you didn’t buy theirs’‘
Energy producers who don’t connect to the grid could face a fine of up to 30 million euros ( yes, seven zeros!). As Forbes reports, the intention is clear: to scare taxpayers into connecting to the grid in order to be taxed.
The same organizations have repeatedly denounced interests who have acted under recent governments and known as “revolving doors”. Currently, more than 43 political ex leaders of the main PSOE and PP are in the pay of the Spanish electricity multinational.
The Royal Decree 900/2015, approved by Mariano Rajoy is a law against solar energy which illegalizes 50 thousand auto-producers of photovoltaic energy for their own consumption. The decree of the PP is the most restrictive in the world, with an impossible deadline of April 11th 2016 for the autoconsumers to remake their installations so the huge punitive taxes can be deducted according to the new law. Continue reading Huge Sun Tax outlaws use of Solar Energy in Spain→
Activist group Avaaz thinks that climate deniers deserve a more forceful qualifier for their creative interpretations of the atmospheric sciences—it prefers climate criminals. On Monday morning, volunteers plastered more than 1,000 “Wanted” posters, featuring the faces and names of seven prominent fossil fuel lobbyists who have been obstructing the climate movement. The group put the signs up near Paris’s five-star hotels and handed out fliers to passersby at metro stations. Continue reading climate criminals plastered in Paris→
After 21 Conferences to ‘Fix The Climate’ we still see CO2 emissions rising and new fossil fuel prospection surging ahead. With the whole biosphere now teetering on the edge of collapse we need every tool possible to postpone disaster
Alex Lightman has challenged the oil giants, with:
his brilliant Ted-talk ‘How To Rid The US of Fossil Fuels by 2030′ see below. ,
and his coming book “The Infinite Feast: Food Security via Clean Energy”
NH3 part starts at minute 13.00
At last a major US ‘tech guru’ is in favour of green-NH3, the non-fossil and CO2-free fuel that has always existed, suppressed by the fossil fuel industry. We’ve been saying it for years with zero impact. all combustion motors can be run on green NH3, cutting climate destroying gases by 30% and minimizing air pollution, and saving millions of us from an agonizing death.
from Plane Stupid On the 26th of November, just three days before the COP21 climate conference in Paris was due to start, three Plane Stupid activists blocked the main road access tunnel to Heathrow’s terminals 1, 2 and 3. This reportedly caused a traffic tailback several miles long as police directed inbound vehicles to one lane of the outbound tunnel. Our early entry for the#ClimateGames sent a clear message to the UK government that expanding aviation is a no-go for the climate; were it to go ahead the UK would undoubtedly miss its emissions targets as set out under the 2008 Climate Change Act. Continue reading Activists block Heathrow Tunnel: Airports to be ‘Biggest Climate Wrecker”→
Hypocrisy: Despite media hype CO2 levels still increase every year, fossil fuel subsidies are higher than ever, and no country has yet banned any company from extracting fossil fuels Creative Commons:
by Tierney Smith As corporate anti-climate behaviour comes under increasing scrutiny from law-enforcers, media and public, a new report highlights the conflict of interest between the Paris climate summit’s aims and the polluting actions of the companies bankrolling it.
Between 2005 and 2014 the corporation provided half of the total financial support (€15.5 billion) from French banks to the coal industry.
The same fossil fuel corporation have also been involved in attempt to deny science and deceive the public about climate change – often hiding behind lobbying organisations to do so – and have interfered with the UNFCCC, according to the report.
Patti Lynn, executive director of Corporate Accountability International said:
Inviting some of the world’s biggest polluters to pay for the COP is akin to hiring a fox to guard a hen house. We must eliminate this conflict of interest before COPs become corporate tradeshows for false market-based solutions.
EDF, for example, has been working alongside Shell, ExxonMobil and other to block renewable deployment in Europe via the BusinessEurope lobby group.
At the same time, BNP Paribas is one of the largest coal financiers in France as well as a financial backer of Canada’s tar sands extraction, and Engie, formerly GDF Suez, emits over 131 megatons of CO2 each year and has worked to aggressively expand it investments in fracked gas.
Célia Gautier, policy advisor at Climate Action Network France said:
Despite recent announcements to stop new coal projects, Engie still owns 30 dirty coal power plants worldwide. Gas and coal are the company’s main energy sources; renewables account for just 4 per cent of its energy mix (excluding large dams). On top of this, Engie is planning to sell some of its coal power plants instead of closing them down. The French state is directly responsible for Engie’s greenwashing activities as it owns 33 per cent of its shares and accepted to put them in their list of COP21 sponsors.