An interesting case from my own country:
Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling – The Guardian
The Dutch state can appeal against this ruling.
Good, although I fear the Dutch are doing more than most
Well, the group who sued the government accuses the government from doing too little, especially compared to other countries such as neighbour Germany.
Still, you guys probably do triple compared to, say, Australia.
Australia, the country that still burns coal while they have more Sun than anyone else… 🙂
Yup, but we have a heap of coal, and its too cheap. They “justify” it by pointing out how small the population is, so in “quantity” its not that much,” but as you say, we’re not short of sunshine, and we have enormous hot-rock/geothermal capacity not far below the surface. Still coal is just tooooo cheap.
>>They “justify” it by pointing out how small the population is, so in “quantity” its not that much,”
Though much of the coal is exported. Here in the Netherlands we burn Australian coal because it’s cheaper to get it from there than to use our own coal mines.
And its “better” coal. Australia is flushed with black coal, as opposed to the dirtier brown coal. Or is it the other way around? Can’t remember the colour classification. Either way, we have the “good coal” in abundance. We also have the worlds largest uranium deposits, so nuclear could be an option, too. But no… Coal is just too cheap.
No, you have it right. Brown coal is dirty, Australia has a lot of anthracite – as the technical term is.
>>We also have the worlds largest uranium deposits, so nuclear could be an option
Yeah, but you don’t have any commercial nuclear reactor on your whole continent. I guess, Australia is one of the few “western” countries without nuclear power plants.
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