Climate ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union met last week and released a communiqué with some new goals and commitments for addressing climate change. The agreement could shift about 33 billion dollars per year from fossil fuels to clean energy sources, and as part of that, there was a pledge to end taxpayer funding for new fossil fuel projects overseas. To a climate advocate, the majority of the document would likely play as good news. But there still seemed to be a hesitancy to directly mention oil and gas, which made a few parts of the document slightly confusing. Ethan shares his initial thoughts reading the communiqué and poses some questions about oil and gas in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”
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Writer: Ethan Brown
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