EU descends into chaos as Austria to sue bloc over energy plans: 'See you in court!'

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EU descends into chaos as Austria to sue bloc over energy plans: 'See you in court!'

Vienna is gearing up to fight the proposed decision that classifies nuclear energy and natural gas as “green” energy sources. The Commission argues

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Vienna is gearing up to fight the proposed decision that classifies nuclear energy and natural gas as “green” energy sources. The Commission argues that natural gas and nuclear power is a key component in helping lower-income countries transition to cleaner power like solar and offshore wind energy. The proposal says: “It is necessary to recognise that the fossil gas and nuclear energy sectors can contribute to the decarbonisation of the Union’s economy.”

The Commission argues that natural gas and nuclear power is vital in helping lower-income countries transition to cleaner power like solar and offshore wind energy.

The Commission has not finalised the classification yet and is still ​​is consulting with member states and European lawmakers until Friday on its plans.

Speaking to AFP, Austria’s environment Minister Leonore Gewessler warned the EU, saying: “Neither of these two forms of energy is sustainable and therefore has no place in the taxonomy regulation.

“If the Commission continues to work with this proposal and implements it then it is clear that we will take legal action.”

Ms Gewessler warned that they had “very, very strong arguments” on why energy from nuclear power and natural gas should not be labelled as green.

She also said that she had “great confidence” that a complaint at the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) could succeed.

She said: “The question of waste disposal (from nuclear energy) has not been solved for decades.

“It’s as if we give our children a backpack and say ‘you will solve it one day.’”

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