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Energy policy is vital, and hence absolutely not an EU issue but a national one. On top of that it is a highly emotional issue (Austria: NO NUKES!, France: ONLY NUKES!). Furthermore, many EU states have completely opposite national energy interest. Just compare the position of Poland and Sweden versus Germany and France on the Nord Stream (Baltic sea) gas pipeline.

Another problem is that all EU commission energy policy has the sole effect of making everything worse by implementing purely ideologic neoliberal contraproductive policies.

So leave energy issues to the Member States. Those who have succesful policies will be role models for the others to follow.

Of course, volontary cooperation is a great idea. That's what EURATOM is for.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 at 02:36:10 PM EST
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Another problem is that all EU commission energy policy has the sole effect of making everything worse by implementing purely ideologic neoliberal contraproductive policies.

So leave energy issues to the Member States. Those who have succesful policies will be role models for the others to follow.

There will be an EU energy policy, so you're better off trying to steer the process of adopting one than dismissing it off-hand on the asusmption that Sweden is going to be allowed to develop ts national model and serve as a role model to the rest.

Most of our economy/finance ministers are neoliberals anyway.

The EU's Energy White paper is expected in December. We'll see how much neoliberal nonsense there is in it, and how much resistance national governments put up.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 10th, 2006 at 04:17:36 PM EST
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