Europe Can Claim Clean Energy Leadership

The new EU energy legislation package provides a consumer-oriented approach to sustainable energy.

Bright future.

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The European Union's new legislative proposals for a clean energy transition have disappointed environmentalistspolicy experts and even building insulation manufacturers. And yet, given U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's lack of interest in sustainable energy, even this plan, cautious as it is, may well ensure Europe's leadership in this area, especially if the Europeans manage to implement the best element of the package -- its focus on consumers and on letting them also be energy producers.

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