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The European Union’s program to reduce carbon emissions is in disarray.

The European Union’s program to reduce carbon emissions is in disarray.

The article at the link is probably one of the worst written stories in the history of journalism. It is incoherent, disorganized, and confused. Moreover, the authors are so in favor of the regulations to limit fossil fuels that they are unable to even consider any reasons which might explain why Europe’s carbon credit market is collapsing and why the EU’s legislators rejected a rescue plan to save it.

In fact, because of their biases, the authors buried the real story, which is this:

Parliamentarians on April 16 voted 334 to 315 for blocking the carbon market rescue.

“This is the first time I can remember when parliament has put economic survival and jobs ahead of green orthodoxy,” said Roger Helmer, a member of the U.K. Independence Party who has been in the parliament for 14 years and opposes emissions trading. “It marks an absolute watershed.”

The bad economy and high debt in Europe is making the idea of raising taxes and adding more restrictions on fossil fuels very unappealing to politicians.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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2 comments

  • Pzatchok

    Its like driving a horse team.

    You never need to beat them just guide them.
    But the greenies having this idea that if they beat them when they slow down they will get more out of them.
    The economy is obviously slowing down. And has been for a while. Why beat the horse until its dead?
    Give the team a rest then drive them on to your goal again.
    Beat them to often or to much and they will refuse to work.

    They need to back off on a bunch of those regulations, taxes, fees and fines and just let the economy catch its breath and gain a little speed.
    Telling the economy that they are going to be hit with more regulations and costs just makes it slow down.

  • I support carbon emission reductions by industry, as long as a consumer, I have a choice to not pay for it. Let others buy the Priuses, windmills, and solar panels. I’ll stick with low cost hydrocarbons.

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