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EU's anti-growth in Poland policy in disarray

To give you some background here, the EU last year voted to put Poland's economy in deep freeze by imposing ridiculously strict CO2 limits in comparison to western Europe. The unstated grounds went as follows: we in the West have industrialised and need some Eastern pow-white-trash so we can feel good about ourselves while saving the whales/planet/little green things in the bottom of our ponds. (PS - we've given you mains sewers, so shut up.)

Financial crisis threatens EU climate policy

In the run up to the European Parliament vote on large parts of new EU climate legislation tomorrow, pressure is mounting on MEPs to grant exemptions for heavy industry. Simultaneously, doubt is rising whether the French presidency will manage to reach agreement before the end of the year. Poland is leading a group of Eastern European nations who oppose new restrictions on CO2 emissions agreed by the EU 18 months ago, and the Polish government is confident that delaying tactics can prompt a debate about reforms the Emissions Trading Scheme. Under EU rules, legislation can be delayed by a group of countries with 91 or more of the 345 total votes in the European Council, a benchmark that Poland claims to have reached.

Poland won't be CO2-bombed back to the Stone Age! Yet.

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Pseudo-science meets pseudo-economics. MEP’s must be absolutely priapistic delving into the two issues they know least about.

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Oh - and they have huge opt-outs for German heavy industry ... on strategic grounds (i.e. Germany wants it and Germany funds the EU).

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MEPs shrug off economic concerns and back tough green targets; power sector faces 30bn euro bill

Power generators will have to buy all of their credits. The Times notes that this decision could cost the power industry 30 billion euro (£23 billion) a year and trigger a steep rise in electricity bills.

Poland, which relies on coal for more than 90% of its electricity, says the ETS will reduce the nation's energy independence and put up prices. Warsaw is apparently close to assembling a blocking minority against the measures. France wants the process wrapped-up by the end of the year.