- “Energy Shock Tests G7 Leaders’ Climate Resolve” • Leaders of the Group of Seven nations are under pressure to stick to climate pledges. Germany is in an awkward position as G7 summit host, having recently announced that it will burn more coal to offset a drop in Russian gas supplies amid deteriorating ties over the war in Ukraine. [France 24]
- “France Sees Nuclear Energy Output Plummet At The Worst Possible Moment” • A recent flurry of unexpected issues at EDF caused French nuclear output to tumble to its lowest levels in 30 years. Around half of the EDF’s massive nuclear fleet is offline, delivering a massive blow to the EU’s energy security in the midst of a worldwide energy crisis. [Oil Price]
- “Energy Prices Are Causing Chaos In Asia. Here’s Why The Rest Of The World Should Worry” • Effects of high energy prices in Sri Lanka are so bad that the Prime Minister said the country’s economy has “completely collapsed.” In other countries trouble may be less obvious, but even in Australia, wholesale electricity bills are up 141% for the first quarter. [CNN]
- “European Gas “Crisis” Has Global Ripple Effects” • Russia’s Gazprom throttled deliveries of natural gas to Germany by 60% on Thursday. German economic minister Robert Habeck told reporters the cutbacks were a direct political attack in retaliation for Germany’s sanctions against Russia and military support for Ukraine. [CleanTechnica]
- “Ford Ends Leasing Buyout Provision For Electric Vehicles” • It used to be that leasing a car was a way for some people to drive more car than they could otherwise afford. One advantage was that the person leasing the car could purchase it at the end of the lease period for a predetermined price. But such a deal may not be available at Ford anymore. [CleanTechnica]
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