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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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