Daily Express - By ANTONY ASHKENAZ - Thu, Jul 7, 2022, |
PROMINENT Ukrainians have expressed their anger at the European Union after a vote passed that classified natural gas and nuclear energy as "green". 'He's rubbing hands with glee!'
This move was slammed by major Ukrainian politicians and scientists, who argued that this would give Russian President Vladimir Putin more power over Europe.
The Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun tweeted: “Putin is rubbing his hands with glee today.
“361 MEPs who voted for & abstain just handed him huge gifts by labeling gas & nuclear as ‘green’.
“I thank the brave 278 MEPs who objected. It wasn’t enough, but we won’t stop fighting.
“EU governments must ban imports of Russian gas!”
‘Putin rubbing hands with glee’: Ukraine fury as EU hands Russia ‘huge gift’ with a gas vote (Image: GETTY)
The EU has classified natural gas as green (Image: Getty)
Svitlana Krakovska, a Ukrainian climate scientist and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said: “I am in shock.
“Russia’s war against Ukraine is a war paid for by climate-heating fossil fuels and the European parliament just voted to boost billions of funding to fossil gas from Russia.
“How in the world is that in line with Europe’s stance to protect our planet and stand with Ukraine?”
Despite these concerns, Germany, which gets a third of its gas from Russia, has demanded that natural gas be included in the taxonomy, meaning it can continue to send Moscow billions.
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Berlin has attempted to justify its position by arguing that gas should be used as a transition fuel to help Europe move away from the dirtiest energy sources on its route to net zero.
Meanwhile, nuclear energy, which does not directly emit carbon, has been the subject of intense debate over the sustainability of energy sources due to the radioactive waste it produces.
France, which gets 70 percent of its electricity from nuclear, has been leading the charge in an attempt to label it as a green investment.
Under the newly adopted plans, natural gas can be regarded as a sustainable investment if “the same energy capacity cannot be generated with renewable sources”.
Nuclear power was included on France's insistence (Image: Getty)
It also requires plans to be in place for the country to switch to renewables or “low-carbon gases”.
Meanwhile, the EU Commission noted that nuclear energy can be called green if a project promises to deal with radioactive waste.
Johanne Schroeter, a policy adviser at the E3G climate thinktank, said: “Vested interests seem to have gotten the upper hand.
“The EU has now set a dangerous precedent of low ambition for other countries and jurisdictions to follow.”
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Germany has insisted on gas's inclusion, despite the risk of handing Russia more money (Image: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)
The EU Commission decision is already set to face legal backlash as Austria and Luxembourg, two famously anti-nuclear countries, have vowed to sue the Commission at the European Court of Justice.
Meanwhile, campaigners like the WWF have said that it would “explore all potential avenues for further action to stop this greenwashing and protect the credibility of the whole EU taxonomy”.
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehavior acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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