Green New Spiel: Despite lofty promises to increase climate ambition and cut back on fossil fuels the EU has backed 32 major gas infrastructure projects earning it the ire of environmentalists | Photo: Modern Diplomacy

EU backs 32 gas projects worth €29 billion

In a major upset to fossil fuel naysayers, the European Union (EU) has backed 32 major gas infrastructure projects worth €29 billion. The move would mean Europe will now burn fossil fuels for generations while adding 338 GW capacity to the region’s natural gas infrastructure system. To make matters worse, under the EU’s funding programme, taxpayers may have to pay up to 50% of the cost of the projects.

The projects, which are based in a long stretch spanning from Ireland to Croatia, have been deemed ‘unnecessary’ by consulting firm Artelys and environmentalists have called out the EU’s ‘hypocrisy’ over the climate crisis and questioned any imagined success of the European green deal.

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