October 5, 2008

WHERE'S THE BLITZKRIEG WHEN THE MALTHUSIANS NEED IT?:

EU climate change cuts: Poland leads revolt over Russia fears (Michael Levitin, 03/10/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Poland has claimed that it has assembled enough votes to block a landmark EU climate change agreement after spearheading a revolt by Eastern European states that fear the package would increase their dependence on Russian natural gas supplies. [...]

While viewed in Brussels as a necessary act of leadership in the climate change debate by Europe, the proposal has been criticised for granting an unfair advantage to the richer Western European nations.

In particular introducing a 100 per cent auction of carbon trading quotas by 2013 is likely to force the closure of heavy polluting coal power stations and force the Eastern states to build natural gas facilities that would buy Russian pipeline supplies.

Warsaw has vowed to avoid that prospect at all costs. "It's not the biggest success when you build up a blocking minority" said Miss Mackowiak. "It's when the minority sticks together to the very end.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2008 9:11 PM
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