Six EU states cast doubt on proposed 2030 climate goals (RTCC)Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland (so far, you may call it the Visegrad Group), as well as Bulgaria and Romania (now you may call it the Warsaw Pact, too) have protested against the "renewable energy targets" that some of the EU apparatchiks may have the arrogance to release in October 2014. Also, the countries think that the burden is unfair and the wishful thinking – such as the 40% decrease of carbon emissions by 2030 – seem unrealistic.
Visegrad Group dissatisfied with EU climate policy (Hungary Today)
Poland on course for battle on new EU climate change targets (Financial Times)
The ministers of the six countries gathered in the Slovak capital and identified the introduction of any binding limits as "undesirable". Poorer EU members would have to pay a larger fraction of their GDP for this forced "modernization" (?) of their energy sectors so one shouldn't expect that they will do such things unless they are (partly?) paid for this transition by the richer EU members.
This attitude is nothing else than common sense – eliminating traditional energy sources for dumb pseudoscientific reasons (such as alarmist fads among segments of pseudointellectuals) is a form of luxury and poorer folks are likely to pay less money for luxury – but you will find people on our continent who will pretend that they are surprised:
The Visegrad Group’s opposition to the renewable and efficiency targets are “astonishing”, said Joris den Blanken, director of EU climate policy at Greenpeace, given the benefits and opportunities for renewables and energy efficiency in these countries.What I find astonishing is that an ecoterrorist group has its own "EU climate policy" department as if it were normal for such people to influence what the policies on the whole continent should look like. Climb back to the trees, hippies, and use the opportunity to shut up.
You may feel that there is an opportunity for renewable crooks but such an opportunity is the same thing as a threat for our economies.
For instance, around 70% of Poland’s coal-fired power plants are over 30 years old, with many due to be decommissioned, offering the opportunity for investment into cleaner alternatives.Most of those have been equipped with filters and they are working just fine, and if some of them will be replaced, they will be replaced mostly by new coal power plants because they are by far the most acceptable ones from the Polish economic viewpoint.
Painfully enough, Czechia, the wealthiest one among the six countries (on per-capita basis), is also mentioned as the weakest link in the "extended Visegrad Group" because some of our politicians seemed at least open to some proposals of non-binding commitments. Just because we would lose "less" by these counterproductive policies shouldn't be a reason for us to okay them at the end.
But you know, Václav Klaus is no longer the president so although we're still the "skeptics" in general, lots of confused people and downright morons are relatively louder than they were just two years ago.
For reasons that are partly economic in character, Poland is much more outspoken in this issue. Donald Tusk, the former PM of Poland, would become the EU "President" in December. His successor, Ms Ewa Kopacz, promised that she won't allow the energy prices in Poland to grow. She said she realizes coal was of "key strategic importance". While Poland won't okay any of the climate alarmist policies, this country is enthusiastic about the anti-Russia xenophobic EU-wide policies, she added. So this counts as "neutral". ;-) (See her speech in Polish, a video.)