Defending Poland’s Carbon Freedom

By October 11, 2008Energy, Global Warming

On today, General Pulaski Memorial Day, the New York Post’s editorial of Friday is worthy of note. From, “Caught in the Carbon Crossfire“:

Here’s one more reason to be skeptical of the West’s continuing climate-change frenzy: Russia loves it.

At least that’s the view from Poland, the leader of a bloc of Central European nations fighting tooth and nail to delay the European Union’s sweeping new carbon tax.

The tax scheme, part of the EU’s pledge to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions to just 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2020, would slap huge levies on carbon-spewing heavy industry – including coal-fired power plants.

And that would leave Poland, which relies on coal for more than 90 percent of its electricity, in a particularly awkward position.

The tax is designed to persuade member nations to move toward cleaner sources of energy. Problem is, Poland’s only real “green” alternative at the moment is to import more natural gas from Russia.

And Russia has proven perfectly willing to cut off gas supplies to achieve political goals – that is, to bring its neighbors to heel.

So much for “energy independence.”

Leave a Reply