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All true. However, is this optimistic? While alternative energy solutions would benefit Europe as a whole, it's probably that some forms of alternative energy would benefit certain countries more than others.

So would a scientific debate about which forms of energy are preferable be overridden by a discourse dominated by statements like "Well, yes, but we have to keep the French ethanol industry" -- or whatever -- "happy, so we're funding that instead." Is it better for the EU as a whole to approach this, or for the EU to say something along the lines of, "All member countries must move over to alternative sources" by a target date?

by DrOrder on Tue Feb 28th, 2006 at 12:46:25 PM EST

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