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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


The Government's Energy White Paper mentions Europe or the EU a total of 512 times.

That reflects the fact Government is making a hell of a big bet on the EU as the vehicle for its green ambitions.

But is an organisation that has spent 45 years tinkering with the CAP really well place to lead an urgent campaign to "save the planet"?

They admit that progress in liberalising Euope's big energy markets has been "slower than expected." (Translation: 's not moving)

There is definitely a tension between the government's rhetoric about the "urgency" of climate change as an issue, and their seemingly unflagging (?) support for doing things through the EU, which moves at a snail's pace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So you would prefer the EU to do nothing about climate change, just leave it up to the individual nations? With the UK's carbon emissions actually increasing in the last 10 years, I would argue that any pressure that can be put onto the government to improve its emissions, recycling, etc, whether from the EU or UK, is a good thing.