Greece set to win €1.75bn from EU climate scheme to build two coal plantsYes, and lignite plants to boot. Lignite!
"You couldn’t make this up,” added Imke Lübbeke, WWF Europe’s head climate and energy policy. “The ETS was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but it now risks being abused to facilitate investments in the new coal plants, which would operate well within the 2060s. This would violate climate targets and is in no way compatible with the leadership role the EU aspires to play in global climate policy and carbon markets.”Well, there you go. (In case you were wondering, I didn't make up "Imke Lübbeke", either.) Law of unexpected consequences, plus my old motto of GDP always trumping GHG. And this coupled with two other Grauniad stories this week: hydro power turns out not to be 'clean', and wind turbines are conducting a massacre of bats.
Life is never as simple as we hope, is it? We feel their pain.