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Sir, Regarding ‘EU looks beyond ‘weak’ Copenhagen deal‘: After 10 days of almost painfully tiresome diplomacy, the Copenhagen Climate Conference resulted in a rather fruitless accord. The text is merely three pages long and was submitted in the early hours of 19 December by the US, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. European Commission President… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Spain’s renewables boom seen driving gas capacity‘: The various statements heard during recent weeks by the Spanish transmission system operators for electricity (REE) and gas respectively (Enagas) that Spain would still need to further increase its combined cycle power plants as back-up power for the safe integration of large amounts of wind power… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Algae: The ultimate biofuel‘: Because microalgae can, in principle, be easily and quickly propagated, these organisms have been the focus of applied research investigating the generation of valuable biomass. Decisive factors in the rising intersts for algae include its ability to accommodate large quantities of lipids under certain circumstances, and the possibility to… » read more

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Carbon tax ignorance

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission waters down CO2 proposal for vans‘: These proposals are all well and good in theory, but do the proposers actually have any kind of engineering background, and if not, where are they getting their advice from? Due to the combustible mechanics of modern fuel and efficiency curves for work output, there is… » read more

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Dear Mr. Miliband, Regarding ‘Copenhagen needs CCS‘: While I agree that CCS appears to be an attractive technology, which could one day make significant contributions to reducing emissions, it is also being used as a Trojan horse by energy companies. By promising future reductions in emissions (say in 10-15 years time), they seek to get… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘IEA calls for massive investments in carbon capture‘: It is interesting to do the maths on some of the roadmap proposals from the International Energy Agency. 100 operational CCS plants by 2020? The EU is struggling to have 12 demonstration plants by 2015. So? 3400 CCS plants worldwide by 2050: that’s one every… » read more

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Sir, In recent years several politicians have proposed the use of border measures or border tax adjustments in case of disagreement over measures to protect the climate. The latest suggestion can be found in a joint letter by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. The principal justification… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU, US mayors stress cities’ role in global warming fight‘: Perhaps in the drive for increased efficiency and with the prospect of making a real impact on global climate change initiatives, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs should consider the idea of ‘twinning’ with cities in the developing world. This would serve several purposes.… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Danish minister sounds climate wake-up call‘: The Danish minister is right because a text as long and complicated as the current one is not helpful. I hope we can do better. Best regards, J. Kinnas AFES-PRESS NGO Germany

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