Browsing the "France" Tag

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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