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CLimate Dream Team: “The United States and Germany will invest in a sustainable economy that drives inclusive growth, supports communities, and creates good jobs and a healthy environment on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond,” said a fact sheet provided by the White House. The fact sheet describes three areas of cooperation in the partnership:
Raising global climate ambition by developing actionable roadmaps, coordinating climate and trade agendas, mobilizing financial resources, and coordinating common interests in climate summits and forums.
Development and deployment of energy technologies like clean hydrogen, sustainable buildings and infrastructure, power grid improvements, and sustainable supply chains. This deployment would also focus on inclusivity and strengthening the workforce.
Empowering clean energy transitions in emerging economies by mobilizing resources in Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, developing policy to help developing countries speedily adopt and regulate renewable energy.
The partnership will be co-chaired by Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and their counterparts in the German government.
But tensions between the countries still exist. Recently, Berlin’s support of the Nord Stream 2 project, which would create an $11 billion natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, drove a wedge between Biden and Merkel. However, both have said that Russia cannot be allowed to wield energy as a weapon against neighboring nations, more specifically, Ukraine. “While I reiterated my concerns about Nord Stream 2, Chancellor Merkel and I are absolutely united in our conviction that Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce or threaten its neighbors,” said Biden.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer One of the big headlines out of the European Union’s recently released package of concrete policies to hit climate neutrality was the phase out of diesel and petrol fueled cars by 2035. The proposal plans for charging stations every 60km (about every 37 miles), a massive ramp up in […]
Yesterday, several news outlets reported that the Biden administration will soon propose a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, after which rules would tighten to encourage 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by 2030. As the Post and Courrier reported, The proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Taken together, the European Union’s 27 countries are the #4 carbon emitter globally. The recently released “Fit for 55” package spells out how, exactly, the bloc will go from its current output to hitting its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. One of the biggest proposed changes is an […]
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