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The recent G7 summit in the UK, makes a historic move towards phasing out coal.

This week on Ticker Climate, Energy Expert Scott Hamilton and Ticker News Presenter Holly Stearnes, speak with German Energy Agency’s (DENA) Managing Director Kristina Haverkamp. Unpacking the G7 Summit from a climate perspective and what it means for climate change and the race to zero emissions.  

Certain left leaning groups are suggesting the G7 Summit is another lost opportunity, to halt climate change. Although, Haverkamp, a leader in the renewable energy space says, “the results are satisfactory”. 

For the first time, the role of coal in global warming has been specifically mentioned in the G7 official statements saying its “the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions”.

The seven nations are agreeing on tough new measures to phase out the biggest contributor to global warming. The G7 statement also stating that “international investments in unabated coal must stop now and we commit now to an end to new direct government support for unabated international thermal coal power generation by the end of 2021.”

Scott Hamilton says phasing out the number one contributor is a critical action.

“A range of urgent policies were agreed, chief among them being the phasing out coal burning, unless it includes carbon capture and storage.”

Scott Hamilton

All seven major industrialised nations including the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Italy and Germany have previously agreed to meet the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, and to stop funding for coal power by the end of this year.

Germany has recently increased its level of ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2045. Also, agreeing to a 68% reduction in emissions by 2030. Having already commenced the phase out of coal fired electricity generation, it now appears it’s happening much quicker in Germany, than anticipated. The previous coal closure target was set at 2038. 

Haverkamp reiterates that Germany is well on track to end coal fired electricity generation, ahead of schedule.

“We will probably be already out of coal fired electricity generation…by 2030”

Kristina Haverkamp

Farewell to a prominent leader

It’s the end of an era for German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as she prepares to step down, after serving 16 years for her country. Working with global leaders, in the face on many challenges, Merkel is an iconic leader, that will be sorely missed. Haverkamp says Merkel’s climate leadership is admirable. 

“Chancellor Merkel has done a great job. In particular, for the climate and her moderate approach at finding concentral, moderated solutions for societal challenges, have been a prerequisite our moving forward in the energy transition.”

Kristina Haverkamp

Is Australia lagging behind the rest of the world? 

When its comes to climate change action, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is consistently criticised for his lack of commitment. He tries to talk up the level of action being taken by his Government fighting climate change. Although, despite the relatively weak 2030 targets and failure to give a clear commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

Morrison told the G7 that Australia has already cut emissions by 20%. Although, he seems leaving out that he relies on changes to land use clearing, for the overwhelming majority of the reductions.

Emissions in almost every sector of the Australian economy are rising. This is all except in electricity generation, which is mostly due to cheap solar power and action from state and territory Governments.

In a major miss-step, Morrison fails to secure a highly anticipated one-on-one meeting with US President, Joe Biden. The Australian Prime Minister needs to get on the same page when it comes to climate change, if he wants to be included in vital meetings with other world leaders.  


[Graphic credit: The Australian Institute]

Germany and Australia sign deal on hydrogen production

Germany and Australia officially sign a bilateral alliance on hydrogen production and trade to try to facilitate a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain, between the two countries. 

Scott Hamilton says Germany is head and shoulders above others, when it comes to promoting renewable hydrogen and global powerfuels.

“Germany has a 9 billion euro plan and a thirst for renewable hydrogen.”

Scott Hamilton

Australia has the potential to be a global renewable energy exporting superpower. Let’s hope he realises the countries opportunity before the Glasgow Conference later this year. Australia should want special one on one meetings and to be in the room when real climate change negotiations happen. 

Watch the full episode of Ticker Climate here:


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Trump’s campaign tactic – debase and disgrace the legal process



Donald Trump, former president of the United States, hated Arraignment Day I in Manhattan two months ago, the first time a former president had been criminally charged. 

Trump was being forced against his will into a proceeding he had utter contempt for.  He was being arrested and fingerprinted and photographed under an indictment under the jurisdiction of Manhattan in New York City for allegations of hush money payments and fraudulent bookkeeping practices to conceal criminal activity. Trump heard the charges read out against him and he entered a plea of not guilty.

Trump had a terrible day. Trump wore a scowl throughout. His countenance was fearsome.  What Trump hated most about his arraignment in New York is that he had to sit at a table with his counsel side by side with him — equal to him — and with the judge above him looking down on him. Trump could not control the discussion and could not interrupt to make his points.

Trump was subordinate to the judge. He was subordinate to no one as president.

Arraignment Day II

Arraignment Day II in Miami will be worse from Trump, even more stressful.  The charges are substantially more serious:  the alleged violation of federal criminal statutes involving the alleged mishandling and illegal possession of classified documents, lying to legal authorities, and obstruction of justice.  Potential penalties run to years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

Trump throughout his business life had always crafted his affairs to avoid being a defendant. But in his term in office, he was caught up in it big time. He was a defendant in two impeachment trials – again, unprecedented events – and left office in disgrace.

But Trump does not feel disgraced. He never does.  Trump does not have a reverse gear.  He never retreats.  Never admits. Never concedes. Never yields.  Trump is never embarrassed. Trump never feels ashamed. When something goes wrong, it is always the fault of someone else.

And Trump never repents.

Trump can feel this way because Trump is waging war on behalf of his armies in “the final battle” for the future of the county. In his first, fiery post-indictment speech in Georgia, Trump said, “They’ve launched one witch hunt after another to try and stop our movement, to thwart the will of the American people.  In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you … “Either we have a Deep State, or we have a Democracy…Either the Deep State destroys America, or WE destroy the Deep State.”

It is a powerful formulation, and his true believers love it.

Hours later, In North Carolina, Trump mainlined his distilled message for the Republican crowd:

“We are a failing nation. We are a nation in decline. And now these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement.

It’s totally corrupt and we cannot let it happen.

This is the final battle.

With you at my side we will demolish the Deep State.

We will expel the warmongers from our government.

We will drive out the globalists.

We will cast out the communists.

We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country.

We will roll out the fake news media.

We will defeat Joe Bide and we will liberate America from those villains once and for all.”

Any lesser mortal would be staggered by these events.  Any other presidential candidate would be driven from the race.  But not Trump.

Debase and disgrace

Trump is using the same playbook today as he successfully triggered after being charged in New York:  debase and disgrace the legal process by terming it completely political.  Trump said the federal indictment is “election interference at the highest level.”

Almost every other Republican running for president has adopted this line, insulating Trump from pressure to leave the field.

Trump’s chief opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said after these indictments: “The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society. We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.”

Republican congressperson Nancy Mace: “This is a banana republic. I can’t believe this is happening.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Democrats are arresting their political enemies. and they work together in their corrupt ways to get it done.”

Trump is using his affliction to raise millions of dollars from his base.

Trump will likely face Arraignment Day III in Georgia in August.  A state prosecutor is expected to charge Trump with criminal interference in the certification of Georgia’s vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

As of now, there is no sign of cracks in Trump’s support among Republican voters.  There is no surge to another candidate.  What remains to be seen is whether Republican voters, as they see Trump spend his days in courtrooms and his evenings at rallies around the country, reach a conclusion that this is a spectacle too far, too much to bear, and that they want to turn to another conservative populist who stands for them in the political trials— and not the criminal trials – of 2024.

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Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well



It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.


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