G7: no breakthrough on energy independence

Press release - June 5, 2014
Brussels – A meeting of the G7 ends today in Brussels with no breakthrough on the burning issue of energy independence. The leaders of the world’s most industrialised nations were grappling with the effects of the Ukraine crisis on European security.
Commenting on the final G7 statement, Greenpeace EU energy policy adviser Tara Connolly said: “Energy dependence drives dangerous climate change as much as it fuels conflicts. G7 leaders might sound like they agree, but they’re bluffing. Their plan for energy security focuses on swapping Russian oil and gas for dirty and risky energy from elsewhere. Let’s not kid ourselves: timid steps by Obama and the EU to cut carbon emissions are not enough. Only a shift to an efficient energy system run fully on renewables can free our economies from the shackles of energy dependence and unlock a healthy and sustainable future.
 
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