How climate change has helped greener energy businesses take off in Canada
Many businesses have been hit hard in the last few years by everything from the pandemic to the war in Ukraine and climate change. For some, climate change has been a boon, in part due to government grants meant to increase energy efficiency as Canada aims for net-zero emissions by 2050. It's all part of a global shift to greener energy options. Solar energy now provides the most renewable energy jobs in the world — 4.3-million jobs by the end of 2021 — according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in collaboration with the United Nation's International Labour Organization (ILO).
The federal government has decided to leave Germany from a controversial international energy agreement. Specifically, it is about the energy charta contract. Economic Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) spoke of an important step for more climate protection on Wednesday. "The energy charta contract was and is an obstacle to the energy transition and is simply not compatible with the goals of the Paris climate agreement." However, the exit period is 20 years, that was a "bitter message," said Habeck. © dpa Minister of Economic Affairs Robert Habeck (Greens)
Greens criticize energy charta
The agreement has been criticized for the Greens and environmental organizations for a long time. It allows investors to complain against states before arbitration courts. The deputy parliamentary group leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Julia Verlinden, called the energy charta contract an unnecessary relic from the fossil age. "In times of the climate crisis, it is absurd that companies can sue profit from fossil investments and compensation for coal and nuclear strings."
Trudeau says he's 'not looking for a fight' over Alberta Sovereignty Act
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government isn’t “looking for a fight” with Alberta Premier Danielle Smith over her Alberta Sovereignty Act, but said he also won’t take any options off the table. Smith introduced her long-promised legislation in the Alberta legislature on Tuesday. It sets up a mechanism where Alberta could potentially ignore federal laws or regulations if it deems them harmful to the province’s interest or a constitutional overreach. On his way into a caucus meeting Wednesday morning, Trudeau said the federal government will take a wait-and-see approach.
The exit from the contract is part of the agreement of the amp coalition factions about a realignment of the trading policy that the cabinet now confirmed. This also includes that after a long criticism of the Greens, the political groups cleared the way to ratify the EU trade agreement with Canada (CETA). The Bundestag should vote on this on Thursday.
Other countries also want to resign
The Energy Charter Treaty, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, have also announced resignation in addition to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands and Spain. Italy had already resigned in 2016. At the European level, the Federal Government is also committed to the EU from the contract.
The deputy Greens parliamentary group leader Julia Verlinden called the energy charta contract an unnecessary relic from the fossil age. “In times of the climate crisis, it is absurd that companies can lament profits from fossil investments and compensation for coal and nuclear strings. “(Dpa)
Sam Brinton, nonbinary Biden official, stole jewelry worth $1,700 in second luggage theft: police .
The Biden administration official who made headlines for being gender-fluid is facing an additional 10 years in prison for allegedly stealing a bag worth $3,670 in Las Vegas.Samuel Brinton — who has served as the Energy Department's (DOE) deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition since June — allegedly stole a suitcase with a total estimate worth of $3,670 on July 6 at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, according to a declaration filed by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) detective on Wednesday. The bag contained jewelry valued at $1,700, clothing worth $850 and makeup valued at $500.