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Clean Energy Wire's Fact Sheet on Upcoming Dutch Election

by gmoke Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 12:06:14 AM EST

"Any new government will have to make difficult decisions on the controversial topic of nitrogen emissions and how to prioritise different sectors such as farming, aviation, and construction. Dutch climate policy also stretches across borders. The country is one of of the world's largest agricultural exporters, and recently closed one of Europe's largest natural gas fields, which served neighbouring countries for decades. The Netherlands also aims to become the continent's green hydrogen hub. This factsheet gives an overview of crucial climate and energy issues, and how the highest-polling parties position themselves."

https://www.cleanenergywire.org/factsheets/wide-open-dutch-elections-shape-transition-key-agricultur e-exporter

Looks like they did their homework and the Netherlands with its focus on agricultural production is one country which may help show the future of clikmate regulation and laws.  That is, if there is a future.

Removing Shell man Mark Rutte is the best option to advance in green transition in The Netherlands.

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In 2020, the government came up with a figure of 4.5 billion euros a year, but after independent researchers and environmental groups came up with higher amounts, climate minister Rob Jetten commissioned a study that showed that the Dutch government spends between 39.7 billion and 46.4 billion euros a year on schemes that lead to fossil benefits.


Investigative journalism platform Follow the Money reported in May 2023 that the 150 million euros subsidy Shell received for Holland Hydrogen Iwas ineligible under EU rules, but that it got approved by the European Commission after pressure from the Dutch government.

Difficult article with a lot of content but not a correct summary of root cause of Dutch troubles ... free market economy based on welfare of big business and international players. Dutch government has been lying for decades about emissions and health issues for expansion Schiphol to 500,000 flights, Tata Steel in IJmuiden, DuPont Chemie (now Chemours) and the damage to buildings and homes in Groningen due to long-time gas exploitation. Very damaging government contracts with Shell and Exxon in case the pumping of gas would be reduced, no matter under what circumstances.

Dutch gov't, Shell and Exxon ignored Groningen risks for years, inquiry finds

Continued in my article on Dutch upcoming election:

1st Election Debate Gives Clarity Candidates

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 10:42:22 AM EST
A representative of Shell was supposed to do a presentation on Shell's latest energy scenario planning at Columbia University in NYC last week but, somehow, the event was cancelled.  Since there was an altercation during a recent Harvard energy seminar when some students objected to a petroleum company speaker, I have a suspicion that just perhaps Columbia thought it might be better to cancel than risk an "incident."

I would be interested in hearing what Shell is telling itself about the future, its future as ours, clearly, doesn't really matter.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 11:00:13 PM EST
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World behind on almost every policy required to cut carbon emissions, research finds | The Guardian |

Coal must be phased out seven times faster than is now happening, deforestation must be reduced four times faster, and public transport around the world built out six times faster than at present, if the world is to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown, new research has found.

Countries are falling behind on almost every policy required to cut greenhouse gas emissions, despite progress on renewable energy and the uptake of electric vehicles.

This failure makes the prospect of holding global temperatures to 1.5C above preindustrial levels even more remote, according to the State of Climate Action 2023 report. The authors advise that world needs to:

  • Retire about 240 average-sized coal-fired power plants a year, every year between now and 2030.
  • Construct the equivalent of three New Yorks' worth of public transport systems in cities around the world each year this decade.
  • Halt deforestation, which is happening to an area the size of 15 football pitches every minute, this decade.
  • Increase the rate of growth of solar and wind power from its current high of 14% a year to 24% a year.
  • Cut meat consumption from ruminants such as cows and sheep to about two servings a week in the US, Europe and other high-consuming countries by 2030

The Dutch were leading in solar energy investment by home owners ... until energy companies decided to levy high costs for producing more than self-consumption. Makes investment not beneficial ... solar market comes crashing down in 2023. Rutte and VVD sitting on their hands ... principle of free market ... consumer has no rights nor leverage in a dictated market of high energy price and high taxation (up to 100%) for households. Large corporations receive yearly a total of €46 billion subsidy for fossil fuel.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 11:16:28 AM EST
Ice sheets in Greenland, Antarctica melting faster than previously thought, research shows

Himalayan glaciers are melting faster than ever, and scientists say it's "going to affect us" all | CBS News - June 2023 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 11:17:08 AM EST
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And here we go.
by rifek on Sat Nov 18th, 2023 at 04:16:10 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 03:44:39 PM EST
From Agtech to Table: How the Dutch are Reaping a New Harvest

A new initiative to accelerate developments in agtech is OnePlanet Research Center -- a multidisciplinary collaboration between Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University, Radboud UMC and nano-technology world-player IMEC. OnePlanet uses the latest chip and digital technologies to contribute to a society in which everyone can live healthily and has access to healthy and sustainable food.

The world is eager for the Netherlands' innovations in agtech. The 2020 Netflix documentary A Life on Our Planet used the Netherlands as a prime example of sustainable agriculture and farming. In the same year, the state of Kentucky signed a partnership with the Dutch to build the world's largest greenhouse -- providing farmers with the robotics, mechanization and equipment to produce 45 million pounds of tomatoes on an annual basis.

The Netherlands is shaping the future of farming worldwide. Dutch farmers have had the highest production per hectare for decades. Next to exporting agricultural produce, the country is famous for its expert knowledge on how to sustainably produce food.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 03:45:15 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 5th, 2023 at 05:42:26 PM EST

Netherlands' future climate policy unclear after far-right's shock election win

The PVV has a strong electoral base and often came in second or third in previous elections. An Ipsos poll showed that 12 percent of current PVV voters did not vote in the last national election, and 15 percent voted for the VVD last time around.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 5th, 2023 at 05:43:04 PM EST
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