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

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