Obama is now more left-wing on energy productivity than the EU.
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.