No one knew Nicolas Hulot, the French environment minister, was about to resign when he went on a radio breakfast show yesterday morning – not even himself. But as the live discussion unfolded, focusing on his government’s failures on climate change, it became clear that Hulot had reached a decision. “I don’t understand that we are witnessing the gestation of a tragedy with indifference,” Hulot said. “The planet is becoming a sauna, our natural resources are draining, biodiversity is vanishing. And we stubbornly try to revive an economic model that is the cause of all this mess.” Macron may still save face – but that will take real political courage by living up to his promises on cutting emissions, pesticides bans and wildlife protection. Sucking up to lobbyists won’t make the planet great again.
Guardian 29th Aug 2018 read more »
[Machine Translation] A mission launched by the former Minister of Ecological Transition and the Minister of the Economy on the maintenance of skills in the nuclear industry recommends building six EPR from 2025. It is a report that, ensures the entourage of Nicolas Hulot, was hardly traveled by the former minister of the ecological transition and solidarity. But it is a report that would have probably fed his criticism of the “useless folly” of the nuclear he still denounced Tuesday and that would not have facilitated his task in his fight to diversify the French energy mix. Last spring, Nicolas Hulot and his counterpart of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, jointly launched a “mission concerning the maintenance of the industrial capacities of the nuclear industry with a view to potential new reactor constructions”, according to the mission letter consulted. by “Les Echos”. While the industry made the construction shutdown at the end of the 1990s responsible for repeated delays in the Flamanville (Manche) and Olkiluoto (Finland) EPR , the aim was to evaluate periods of inactivity […] and the conditions under which the industrial capacities required for the construction of reactors could be remobilized after a period of prolonged inactivity “. A concern for civil activities but also for defense – with the nuclear propulsion of submarines and aircraft carriers.
Les Echos 30th Aug 2018 read more »