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Can’t Spell ‘De-industrialization’ Without ‘EU’

By on 2.28.11 | 8:01AM

Here's today's dose of good news from our future, courtesy of those sentenced to it first, courtesy of OpenEurope's daily update. And, how about that, the Zeit headline, translated, is "Gathering Storm". Ouch!:

German Industrial Energy Association: EU green targets could lead to de-industrialisation of Europe
Die Zeit reports that the President of the German Industrial Energy Association Annette Loske has warned that EU environmental targets are pushing a "policy of de-industrialisation". The article alleges that that EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is also lobbying against measures proposed for the EU's low-carbon "Roadmap 2050".

Meanwhile, in the Mail Christopher Booker argues that although wind turbines are expensive, inefficient and unsightly, Britain is committed to building thousands more in order to meet EU renewables targets. He claims Britain ought to take notice of other EU countries turning against EU policy, following Holland's announcement that it would slash its annual subsidy by billions of euros.
Zeit Mail: Booker

The Mail on Sunday reported that UK consumers have to pay nearly four times more for new eco-friendly light bulbs following the EU's ban on incandescent bulbs.
Express Mail on Sunday Mail on Sunday: Leader

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