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Incredible Green Wave in French Elections Celebrated as Mandate to Act for Climate and Social Justice

“It’s an incredible green wave.” That is how Yannick Jadot, a European Parliament lawmaker from the Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV) Party, described a slate of victories for the Greens in the second round of local French elections on Sunday.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The second round of voting, which followed the first round on March […]

June 29th

Shockwaves from French ‘yellow vest’ protests felt across Europe

Mostly peaceful demonstrations in Paris on Dec. 15 showed that recent concessions by President Emmanuel Macron have quieted – but not satisfied – the outraged French protesters whose weekend marches have gripped and unsettled the country. France’s “yellow jacket” movement began in November with local protests against a planned tax on fuel, mostly in poorer, rural […]

December 26th

Trump lies (again) about French “Yellow Vest” protests being anti-climate (they’re anti-RICH)

Like much of the media, Donald Trump used the occasion of hundreds of arrests of “yellow jacket” protesters in France on Saturday to tweet that the month-long expressions of violence catalyzed by an increased fuel tax prove that people aren’t interested in environmental protection, particularly policies to address climate change. He and the shallow media reports have it wrong. By […]

December 11th

Conservative media lying about French Yellow Vest groups (they’re NOT anti-climate change action)

If you’ve turned on Fox News, glanced at Breitbart, or read WSJ editorials or a Bret Stephens column lately, odds are you’ve heard of the “Yellow Vest” protests in France. In short, people who rely on gas are angry at a planned hike in already high gas prices as part of Macron’s broader agenda perceived as favoring the rich. Even though […]

December 10th

Macron to close more of France’s nuclear reactors (but why NOW?)

President Emmanuel Macron of France depressed nuclear executives globally in late November 2018, announcing the planned retirement of 14 of 58 reactors by 2035. This was still less than was promised in his election campaign, but represents a major internal political battle, as well as a major change of France’s circumstances. By Michael Barnard This […]

December 1st

Electric Vehicles: Incentives growing across Europe

All across the globe, aggressive mandates are being set up to transition countries away from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles. In fact, according to Climate Change News, “the European commission is considering implementing an electric car quota to be achieved by automakers by 2030, according to diplomats and sources familiar with the issue. With France, the Netherlands and Britain planning diesel bans by 2040, […]

September 2nd

France will cut back on nuclear power by shutting down up to 17 aging reactors

Environment Minister  Nicolas Hulot says that France may shutter as many as 17 nuclear power reactors by the year 2025. During an interview on RTL radio, Hulot noted that the government of newly-installed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will continue pursuing a policy of cutting back nuclear’s current 75% share of France’s electricity generation to 50% […]

July 12th

Keep it in the ground: France is banning ALL new oil and gas exploration

As Donald Trump and his Koch-funded cohort plan to drill for oil and gas everywhere from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Grand Canyon, France is saying “Keep it in the ground”.  By Steve Hanley  Emmanuel Macron, the new president of France,  is taking the first steps toward his stated goal of meeting his country’s commitment […]

June 30th

France pushes to ban Monsanto’s GMO corn across the entire EU

Monsanto’s battle to get its genetically modified (GMO) corn into the European Union suffered a setback as the French Environment Ministry pushed the EU to implement a full ban, despite some agencies attempts to overrule it. Last November France’s high administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, had ordered the ban lifted on one product, Monsanto’s MON 810 seed […]

February 21st

A Sad Day For Wine. A Sad Day for Science

As a grape grower and as a scientist who has spent years studying grape diseases,  I was saddened to read that an experimental planting of biotech grapes was ripped out of the ground yesterday by anti-GMO activists.  It was a government-funded site in the quaint town of Colmar, in far Eastern France  (I’ve been to […]

August 17th