EU Dumps Green Energy Mandates, Embraces Fracking


Obama is now more left-wing and reactionary on energy productivity than the European Union.

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.

At the request of Commission President José Manuel Barroso, EU member states are no longer to receive specific guidelines for the development ofrenewable energy. The stated aim of increasing the share of green energy across the EU to up to 27 percent will hold. But how seriously countries tackle this project will no longer be regulated within the plan. As of 2020 at the latest — when the current commitment to further increase the share of green energy expires — climate protection in the EU will apparently be pursued on a voluntary basis.

In addition, the authority wants to pave the way in the EU for the controversial practice of fracking, according to the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The report says the Commission does not intend to establish strict rules for the extraction of shale gas, but only minimum health and environmental standards.

I would have bet that nothing could get through the thick skulls of European Union bureaucrats and commissioners and that no matter how many elderly people died of Electric Poverty, it wouldn’t move them one bit.

Instead the European Commission is starting to sound like George W. Bush, while the United States is stuck with a mindless puppet of Big Green business.

  • spyeatte

    Obama is too mentally constipated to see the light. I am surprised to see Europe coming to their senses, but good for them, and too bad we are stuck with “stuck in the mud” stupidity.

    • guest

      Stupidity or Greed of crony capitalists and their pet politicians.

      • prolibertate

        Wait – the stupidity was to be AGAINST fracking and for the misnamed “green” energy!

  • Toni_Pereira

    Something is terribly wrong when you can be more green than those morons in Brussels.Get ready for a candle light future,US and Canada!

    • guest

      Governments have been known to tax candles and windows.

      An English king levied a tax on windows so people literally bricked up at least one window of their house. Some people might consider that stupid (i.e. Leftists) but they might not have had money to pay the tax, so it was that or paupers prison and confiscation of their house.

      The house is in Salisbury and a tour company that takes you to see the Magna Carta in Salisbury will also take you to see the house.

    • Different Reasons same Hunger

      The people voting on AGW legislation cannot do stochastic series nor statistics much at all.

      Window tax

      The tax was introduced in England and Wales under the An Act for granting to His Majesty severall Rates or Duties upon Houses for making good the Deficiency of the clipped Money [Chapter XVIII. Rot. Parl. 7&8 Guil. III. p. 5. n. 4

  • onecornpone

    I guess they need to keep all their new ‘desert’ immigrants toasty and warm through those dismal winters.

    • A Z

      They are more likely to riot than elderly ethnic Europeans, who might freeze to death.

  • A Z

    People are literally dying of fuel poverty in Britain. the left gave it the name. but the truth is government taxes and policies vastly exacerbate the cost of fuel.

    If they don’t frack they are liable to be riots.

  • UCSPanther

    Reality is seeping in, and only the truly foolish will ignore it at their peril.

  • losferwords

    Please read part of this article in the Telegraph
    Booker is normally spot-on about this sort of thing. The EU bureaucrats are far too heavily vested in the Green movement to allow common sense to prevail.