Sweden’s Deputy PM trolling Trump

The international press asks the question ‘Is this Sweden’s Deputy PM trolling Trump?‘ I’ll provide my answer.  Swedish humour is subtle, but Swedes profound dislike for the ‘leader of the free world’ cant be disputed. As Renovamus said (italics below), you should expect more assertive Swedish climate diplomacy. This is a beginning. This country of 10 million people currently has a […]

Sweden’s new climate law to be in force in 2018

One country is not blinking – Sweden’s new climate law to be in force in 2018. This morning, at a press conference the Prime Minister announced that his government was to submit a new climate law to the Riksdag. The proposed law will follow normal parliamentary procedures, including committees and debate before a final vote. Given that […]

If Pax Americana is over, what should cleantech do next?

American political and business leadership on climate change looks to be a door that’s closing. What should cleantech do next? The rhetorical question begins with geopolitics. It is obviously also presumptive that we are witnessing the end of America’s hegemony. There are many reasons to argue that it is too early to call. Maybe American institutions will […]

Truth

Truth has become a relative term. Is that a good thing? Just prior to the Brexit vote Michael Gove said “people in this country have had enough of experts”, one of the better quotes of 2016. One doesnt need to agree with his politics to acknowledge that he has a point. Obviously Brexit and Trump are […]

Sweden ups rhetoric and ambition on EU ETS reform

Svenska Dagbladet, a leading Swedish newspaper, today reports on the strong rhetoric and proposals from the Swedish government on European emissions targets. The Deputy Prime Minster, Isabella Lövin, and Industry Minister, Mikael Damberg, want the cancellation of EUAs, rather than storage in a reserve, sending a clear price signal to the market.  In addition, the government wants to be […]