EU climate goals - noble intentions, cold realities

The uproar over classification of natural gas and nuclear power as ‘green’ points to the contradictions within the European Union over its path to carbon neutrality

An Electricite de France nuclear power plant in Belleville-sur-Loire, France. PHOTO: REUTERS
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"I hope I won't get too emotional," a member of the European Parliament from the Greens ecological movement remarked earlier this week when confronted by a new decision of the European Commission, the European Union's executive body, to classify natural gas and nuclear power as "green" energies.

Many EU lawmakers are furious about the commission's decision. And so are environmentalists around the world.

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