Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
It seems to me that we need to:

  1. Set ourselves up as a formal think-tank, with a letter-head, postal address, and the whole deal.

  2. Start putting out energy policy press releases to the media, with a letter-head, postal address, and the whole deal.

  3. Start putting out press releases that skewer this kind of nonsense in public.

  4. Set up a sustainability lobby by building links between sustainable businesses and sympathetic MEPs across the EU.

(5. Have lunch. Take the rest of the day off.)

The good thing about think tanks is that all you need is an address, a letterhead, a website with some head and shoulders shots of people and some PR nonsense saying how wonderful you are, and you're ready to go. We have enough PhDs and other people who would qualify as experts here to make it happen and make it work.

The reason the freemarketmorons in the EU get away with this kind of thing is because they can. They know it's window dressing, and they also know that without political opposition they can do whatever they want.

I don't think individual letters provide opposition. An organised front with both business and political influence might just start to have an effect.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 07:08:33 AM EST
Now we have two topics for the London meetup: ThatBritBlog and the Think Tank personality of ET.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 07:10:16 AM EST
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This is not by way of disagreement, but note that, when I sent in the Biofuels Consultation text, I explained in a covering email (from my personal account) that it was the result of collective work on European Tribune (with URL) -- and they put our contribution in the NGO category.

What would be useful, at least, I think, is a European Tribune email account administered by gnomes and used for collective communications of this kind.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 07:24:04 AM EST
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INdeed, a post address and an e-mail and a formal e-mail account where the gnomes can send things if the gnomes think there is broad consensus int he community about the issue.

As any think tank, they will control the flow out...and we can control our support for the project.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 08:22:11 AM EST
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