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I usually conclude my presentations with two slides that make people react:

  • one is a sweet one that says European energy policy can be summed up in 2 sentences: "what is our gas doing under your tundra" and "a jobs programme for City bankers"
  • one is a quick summary of the contradictions of current policies (why say you're worried about Russian gas when your current policies are all about building more gas-burining plants / if energy is strategic, why the longstanding attempts to break up the national champions that have proved they work / if cheap energy is a goal, why the refusal to act on the cost of capital, which is the single biggest driver?

And I make it clear that this is a fight between the British (and Americans) on one side and the French and Germans on the other:

"France has the cheapest electricity, the lowest carbon emissions, the most diversified gas supplies, why is European energy policy about breaking EDF and GDF?"

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 12:24:33 PM EST
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I'm unclear as to what America has to do with it...

And there is the ugly little side issue of France's colonial exploitation of Niger as a nuclear fuel source, and the question of nuclear waste disposal. Wind is fine, but France's low carbon emissions and cheap electricity come with a social cost that is not being factored in...

by asdf on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 03:32:39 PM EST
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this is about the neolib, corporatist, bankers-first ideology which has been largely promoted out of the City and Wall St - using "UK and US" is indeed an unpleasant shortcut, sorry.

As to Niger, I'm all in favor of "full accounting" for all energy sources, as this can only make renewable energy look better, overall. I'd note that given the much lower portion of fuel costs in nuclear, the social impact of the extraction of uranium has to be much lower than that of fossil fuels; I'd also note that the majority of the uranium used in France comes from Canada, Australia and the former Soviet Union...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 06:18:37 AM EST
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More of the same: Office Map
by jayjay (jeremy [at] will-hier-weg.de) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 08:15:01 AM EST
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you can only link to files which are on the internet - you seem to have linked to an address on your own computer. If you send it to me by email, I can post it.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 09:14:21 AM EST
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my bad (should no better)

From Divers
by jayjay (jeremy [at] will-hier-weg.de) on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 10:56:11 AM EST
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