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POLITICO: ‘Road rage’ – EU’s plan to ban gas cars may be key to ‘stunning results from European’ – ‘People don’t like you messing with their cars’ Did gasoline win the European election? By ARIANNA SKIBELL The stunning results from the European election hammered home one reality for leaders on both sides of the Atlantic: People don’t like you messing with their cars. The EU’s plan to ban the sale of internal-combustion-engine vehicles by 2035 emerged as a possible casualty of the conservative victories […]

Wash Post declares AC-free goal of ‘greenest Olympics ever’ in Paris takes ‘a farcical turn’ as ‘portable air-conditioning units will be everywhere’ per athletes’ demands


Chico Harlan is The Washington Post’s global climate correspondent

Wash Post Excerpts: 

PARIS — For all the steps Paris organizers have taken to put on the greenest Olympics ever, their boldest measure — the one they’ve touted again and again — pertains to the dorms in the Athletes’ Village. The rooms don’t have air-conditioning. Because of other cooling measures, organizers have assured, the athletes won’t need it.

But in a farcical turn, when the Games start next month, an Olympic Village designed to showcase sustainability will be more of an energy hog than organizers had hoped.

That’s because portable air-conditioning units will be everywhere. Wheeled in. Shipped in. Ordered by visiting countries that want their athletes to sleep well and perform at the highest level — even if it means a larger carbon footprint. Some of those athletes are accustomed to temperatures cooler than what the dorms might have provided and raised concerns to their national Olympic committees. “It’s a high-performance environment,” said Strath Gordon, the chief of public affairs for the Olympic committee of Australia, one of the countries opting for the ACs. … The Washington Post sent inquiries to 20 of the largest competing nations. Among the eight that responded, all — including the United States — said they were planning to use portable ACs in some or all of their athletes’ rooms. Those countries — plus Greece, Denmark and Australia, which also responded to The Post — accounted for more than 3,000 athletes at the previous Olympics, in Tokyo, more than a quarter of the total. … Many other countries plan to obtain the ACs in France.

Boondoggle: Carbon Capture Projects Are Worse Than a Public Nuisance By Bonner Russell Cohen The world of climate policy abounds with bad ideas – from force-feeding an increasingly reluctant driving public a steady diet of EVs, to regulating popular household appliances out of existence. But one of the worst is megaprojects aimed at sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air and burying it deep […]

Vermont Could Become First State to Make Energy Companies ‘Pay for Climate-Related Damages’ Vermont’s House of Representatives has passed S.259, a state bill aimed at collecting recovery costs for climate-related damages from the biggest emitters, such as fossil fuel companies. The bill, called the Climate Superfund Act, was introduced to create a Climate Superfund Cost Recovery Program, in which fossil fuel businesses would undergo an assessment to […]

The Latest Climate Grift: ‘Carbon-Free’ Human Composting – Is it really earth friendly? By Gabriella Hoffman Despite pledging fealty to net-zero climate goals, California has many energy and environmental problems requiring immediate attention. The state is literally on fire, annually, due to poor forest management practices. The rooftop solar industry is on the verge of collapse. California vehicle standards have locked in about 20 states into obtuse electric vehicle (EV) mandates. […]

The quest to alter our ‘last toxic act’: California to legalize ‘human composting’ – ‘Natural organic reduction’ using ‘burlap bags’ of ‘mulch-like remains’,legalize%20human%20composting%20in%202020. By Jeanette Marantos – Staff Writer  Excerpt: But this kind of burial — natural organic reduction — won’t be legal in California until 2027, so Van Valkenburgh paid to fly her husband’s body to Washington, the first state to legalize human composting in 2020. Three months later, two women in a Subaru drove to Orcas […]

Bloomberg News: ‘In Germany, more than 60% of homes will need to undergo green renovations over the next decade to meet the EU’s stricter energy requirements’ – Lenders ‘focus’ on homes’ ‘energy consumption’ – ‘May leave a substantial dent in property values’ Banks Warn of Growing Energy-Related Risks in Mortgage Portfolios Lenders across Europe focus on buildings’ energy consumption Capital relief for green loans offers securitization option Across Europe, banks are trying to figure out how to handle a growing risk lurking in residential mortgage portfolios: energy consumption. In Germany, the bloc’s largest economy, it’s increasingly […]

Demonized as contributing to climate change, cattle may actually decrease emissions, research shows The researchers found that 19%-30% of methane emissions were from the cattle, but the rest was from the wetland soils. If the cows are removed, their research shows, it actually increases the amount of methane the wetland ecosystems give off. By Kevin Killough Few things have escaped environmentalists’ scorn, and even cows have not […]

Your meat will be tainted with Gates’ vaccine! Bill Gates funds cow vaccine to reduce livestock ‘farts’ full of methane emissions to stop ‘climate change’ May 10, 2024 –By Dan Primack & Ben Geman ArkeaBio, a Boston developer of a vaccine to reduce livestock methane emissions, raised a $26.5 million in venture capital funding led by an investment fund founded by Bill Gates. Why it matters: Caring about cow farts (or burps) has become a political punchline, but they’re […]