Azara Blog: The EU bureaucrats produce a so-called energy strategy

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Date published: 2007/01/10

The BBC says:

The European Commission has unveiled a new energy strategy, calling on member states to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 20% by 2020.

EC President Jose Manuel Barroso said there must be a common European response to climate change.

New policies were needed to face a new reality - to make European's energy supplies more secure, he said.

The urgency of the change was stressed by Russia's oil row with Belarus which hit EU states Germany and Poland.

The EU's civil service wants more investment in renewable energy, arguing that the old fuels have a political as well as clear environmental cost.

"We need new policies to face a new reality - policies which maintain Europe's competitiveness, protect our environment and make our energy supplies more secure," said Mr Barroso.

"Europe must lead the world into a new, or maybe one should say, post-industrial revolution, the development of a low-carbon economy."

The report demands a 30% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 for developed countries in international negotiations.

But the EU should also adopt a unilateral commitment to reduce EU greenhouse emissions by at least 20% by 2020 as compared to 1990 levels.

"This will send a clear signal on how seriously we take the future of our planet," Mr Barroso added.

Well let the EU civil service put its money where its mouth is, and promise that its own extortionate use of energy will be reduced by 30% by 2020. Needless to say, that will be the one part of the EU that will never reduce its energy consumption. These cuts will be aimed at the ordinary people of Europe, not the ruling elite.

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