EU Criticized on Gas, Nuclear

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Several European countries and environmental groups have accused the European Commission of "institutional greenwashing" after it proposed making investments in some natural gas and nuclear power plants eligible for green funding. On one hand, Brussels wants to tighten the EU's green financing rules to support the transition to zero-carbon energy while also countering "greenwashing" — exaggerated claims about the environmental benefits of certain projects or technologies. But the commission's proposals have drawn fire from countries such as Germany, which do not believe that nuclear power should play a role in the energy transition. Environmentalists also argue that the proposals would "lock in" consumption of fossil natural gas for longer than necessary, which would be at odds with EU climate targets.

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