US: War on Coal, fracking activists monitored, Kerry hails UK climate leadership
The Senator of coal-state West Virginia railed against Hillary Clinton’s anti-coal stance, while failing to acknowledge that the Republicans – particularly with Trump formally confirmed (today) as their candidate – don’t have much of a plan for the industry either.Here’s a chart showing how coal jobs have been doing over the last 31 years, from Vox’s Brad Plumer:
And an awkward press conference saw top British diplomat Boris Johnson and US secretary of state John Kerry enjoying “frank” discussions on international relations – and climate change. Kerry hailed UK climate leadership, perhaps unaware that Johnson wrote that the deal was only agreed because last December was hot.
UK (& Australia): Environmental protection ministries scrapped, new focus on industry
The United Kingdom and Australia no longer have ministries dedicated to fighting climate change, after both countries folded their environment portfolios in to other departments.
Instead, Big Oil player Shell is morphing into Big Gas with Australia’s Curtis Island hosting a 667-acre LNG terminal. “We’re more a gas company than an oil company,” says Ben van Beurden, Shell’s chief executive officer. “If you have to place bets, which we have to, I’d rather place them there.”
And in the UK, the National Audit Office has warned that scrapping a £1bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition because of high subsidy costs could backfire and actually raise energy costs for consumers in the long term.
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