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[Editor’s Note: Supposed European Green New Deal successes are at least partly, and probably mostly, attributable to natural gas, a fact largely buried.]
The Albany Times-Union and several other newspapers just ran an article titled “EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990.” The article also stats that the European Commission President has pledged to stay away from fossil fuels.
The article touts the “European Green New Deal” and devotes significant space to the Paris Climate Accord. The purpose, I suppose, is to get some of the credit for the reduced emissions to reflect on those projects.
Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century.
The EU’s executive arm said Monday that emissions in the 27-nation bloc have decreased by 3.7% in 2019 compared to the previous year, while gross domestic product rose 1.5% over the same period…
But, I wondered, what caused the drop in emissions?There was no answer until the very last sentence of this very last paragraph?
“This drop was driven mainly by the power sector, where emissions fell by almost 15%, primarily due to coal-fired electricity production being replaced by electricity production from renewables and gas,” the commission said.
Wait a minute…didn’t the EC President pledge to stay away from fossil fuels? Isn’t Natural Gas a fossil fuel? Don’t numerous studies say the reduction in greenhouse gases is due to natural gas use and very few studies, if any, give “renewables” more than a tiny bit of credit?
This is a great example of the media distorting news to fit their agenda. Green is good. Renewables are good. Gas is bad. Even though the credit belongs to natural gas, that fact is buried in the effusive praise of all things green and renewable (which usually has little if anything to do with the reduction in greenhouse gases.)
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