Energy Supply

Advice for wannabe paragon Germany – and Donald Trump

main 52657691 source Arno Burgi DPA – coal mine miner machine Schaufelradbagger in Saxony
A big business in decline. Source: Arno Burgi / DPA

Advice on energy policy may be the last thing Germany’s parties, licking their wounds after the failure of a month of coalition talks, want to hear right now as the country descends in political limbo. But now that they have time on their hands ahead of a new election or a possible fresh attempt to form a government, they might want to read what the executive director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, has to say. His message, coming from an organization that represents 29 industrialized countries, including Germany and the United States, might also be addressed at Donald Trump, although Mr. Biro did not mention the US president by name.

The IEA’s director, who last week presented the agency’s annual World Energy Outlook, expressed surprise that natural gas doesn’t feature prominently in the German energy policy debate even though it could help the country speed up its reduction in CO2 emissions.

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