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Member States Held Ransom by EU Brussels

by Oui Wed Oct 26th, 2022 at 09:14:55 AM EST

What happened to protect big fossil fuel interests, would have happened if Brussels and the Obama would have pushed through the trade agreement, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Selling off European economic sovereignty to American big capital.

Obama Is On a Fast Track to Solidify Secret European Trade Deal | EarthJustice - June 25, 2015 |

Strangle hold by wealthy fossil fuel corporations on European Union member states.

EU states 'revolt' against controversial energy treaty DW News |

Energy companies have been suing European governments for billions of euros to protect their fossil fuel investments in recent years via an obscure treaty adjudicated in secret arbitration courts. But that could be about to change.

France and the Netherlands announced their intention to exit the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) last week saying it was not in line with climate goals. Italy pulled out in 2016, with Spain and Poland following in recent months. And more countries could follow, say analysts.

"You could definitely call it a revolt," said Lukas Schaugg, law analyst with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canada-based think tank, of the recent exodus from the treaty. With the Netherlands having played an integral role in establishing the ECT, he called the decision to withdraw "a significant step."

With the Ukraine war-related energy crisis causing EU states to reactivate coal power plants, for example, governments needing to limit CO2 emissions want to neutralize the climate litigation, which has been holding back climate policy.

"The war on European soil should not make us forget our climate requirements and our imperative to reduce our CO2 emissions," said French President Emmanuel Macron when announcing his country's exit from the ECT as a "strategy" to achieve climate goals. 

African Dictators Signing Onto ECT

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Personal friendship Shell CEO Van Beurden and PM Mark Rutte

Loss of memory to can't establish the context to I can't find the letter send by Shell "4Yr Eyes Only". What an unbelievable a$$hole and compulsive liar.

American Capitalism, Greed and Political Elite

Crawling back the constitutional rights of "We The People" to the advantage of the elites, special interest groups to hold onto economic and political power.

Landmark Supreme Court ruling allows corporate political cash

"The Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics," Obama said after the 5-4 ruling that divided the nation's high court along conservative and liberal lines.

"It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans," Obama said.

Obama said he instructed administration officials "to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue" and "talk with bipartisan congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision."

The ruling, a defeat for Obama and supporters of campaign finance limits, is expected to unleash a flood of money to be spent in this year's congressional election and the 2012 presidential contest.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the long-standing campaign finance limits violated constitutional free-speech rights of corporations.

Politico.com.eu translates Meloni, spirit if not letter of Mussolini.
Giorgia Meloni rejects fascism and embraces EU in first speech, 25 Oct Roman republic
she warned that Europe should not be "an elite club with first or second division members ... or a company controlled by a board of directors who have to keep the books in order," adding, "Those who raise questions are not enemies or heretics but pragmatists who are not afraid to say when something is not working," she said.
the money quote
She hinted that Italy could push for compensation [?] or European shared debt [!] to offset [sic] the cost of energy aid, as her allies in the League have proposed, saying: "The cost of the international crisis should be shared fairly."
the reconciliation quote
"Those who believe it is possible to barter Ukraine's freedom for our peace of mind are wrong. Giving in to Putin's blackmail on energy ... would pave the way for further blackmail [sic], and even higher energy prices," she said.
by Cat on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 01:33:29 PM EST

Carbon emissions from energy to peak in 2025 in `historic turning point', says IEA

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 02:32:24 PM EST

No surprise to me ... for Western Europe there will be no real Winter in next decade, unless the Gulf Stream fails to move warm water into the Northern Atlantic.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 02:33:44 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 01:24:33 PM EST
I watched this interview today ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 31st, 2022 at 10:47:02 PM EST
Soft arm twisting works also with partners and associates
https://www.routledge.com/Implementing-EU-Mobility-Partnerships-Putting-Soft-Law-into-Practice/Titte l-Mosser/p/book/9780367493530#
by Tom2 on Wed Nov 2nd, 2022 at 05:50:27 PM EST

If it is up to FNV [trade union], wages will rise by no less than 14.3 percent next year. According to Vice-President Zakaria Boufangacha, this is badly needed to be able to structurally repair people's purchasing power and it is also good for the economy. But ING chief economist Marieke Blom disagrees. What is the solution then? Blom and Boufangacha discuss it tonight at Op1.

Marieke Blom admits with her salary by ING, she would not need full compensation in cost of living rise of 14.3%. She defends the employer's line that this would hurt the economy and loss of jobs.

Amazing ... she prefers full compensation of 14.3% for lower incomes. She states for an €2000 monthly salary that would be an amount of some €30 ...

A financial expert who is a regular guest ... can't do math off hand? ⁉️ 14,3% is about  1/7th as fraction ... thus €300. Such small difference doesn't ring a bell with the rich.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 8th, 2022 at 10:16:37 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 11th, 2022 at 10:55:50 PM EST

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