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The European Parliament states that natural gas projects can be considered "green" for investment

(CNN)European Union lawmakers call natural gas andnuclear power"green" I voted for it on Wednesday. Or a "sustainable" energy source,supports a proposal from the EU's executive body, the European Commission,, which has spurred criticism from scientists and advocates. increase.

If the new rules are accepted by Member States, they can unleash billions of dollars in private investment and state subsidies for natural gas and nuclear projects. The

rule will come into effect in 2023 unless 20 of the 27 member states of the union reject the rule. Most member states, including big names such as Germany and France, have supported at least one of the two sources of energy.

The European Commission has stated that natural gas (mainly methane fossil fuels, a key cause of the climate crisis) plays an important role in the transition to renewable energy, with climate activists and some. Claims to offend the legislator. Natural gas usually emitsless carbon dixoids than coal, but critics should focus more on boosting renewable energy and supporting new gas projects is fossil. It claims that it only extends the life of the fuel.
On the other hand, nuclear power is "green" in that it does not emit carbon dioxide directly. Discussions about it usually revolve around safety, including how to store the radioactive waste it produces. Nuclear power plants are also expensive and projects often suffer from delays.

Dutch Green Parliamentarian Bass Eichout, who is attending the European Parliament, recently said, "I have never seen such a strategic mistake by the European Commission." Calling gas "sustainable" means that the European Union is calling on other countries in the world to rapidly decarbonize their economies.

"We are undermining the overall credibility of the Green Deal," he told CNN earlier, referring to the EU's featured climate law. "And on the gas side, I really haven't seen it. I can't see the added value."

This proposal came a few months before Russia invaded Ukraine. It was, but it gained momentum as the EU responded to the war and banned Russia's energy sources such as coal and oil, which European countries rely heavily on.

The EU has pledged to reduce global warming emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to have a net zero emissions economy by 2050. Net zero is where emissions are dramatically reduced, and everything that remains is offset, whether or not you "capture" emissions using natural methods such as tree planting and techniques. .. The effectiveness of such techniques is currently limited.

But climate and energy advocates say Wednesday's decision will instead hinder Europe's green transition.

"This will delay the truly needed and sustainable transition and increase our reliance on Russia's fuels," said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. , Tweeted in response to the vote. "Hypocrisy is spectacular, but unfortunately not surprising."

Environmental groups are expected to challenge the new rules in court. Already, groups such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund have said they will sue the EU for this policy.

"Gas and nuclear power are not green, and labeling them as such is explicit greenwashing, which is detrimental to climate and future generations," said WWF Director of European Policy. One Ester Asin said in a statement. "We lost this fight, but we will not give up. [We] all potential for further action to stop this greenwashing and protect the credibility of the EU classification as a whole. Explore the path-and call on member states and the MEP to do the same. "