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Friday, June 23, 2006

Hyperbole of The Year

The following is a quote from David Miliband and Geoff Hoon

Global problems demand global policies. For Britain, that overwhelmingly means co-operation in the European Union, which - without exaggeration - could be as important to the environment in the first half of the 21st century as it was to peace in the second half of the 20th.
Assume if you will that the EU had anything to do with peace in the 20th century. What of the second part of their claim: Also from the Guardian (in 2003):
Margot Wallstrom, the EU's environment commissioner, warned that the EU's own efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions were in crisis. Ms Wallstrom said that only two countries, Sweden and the UK, were on track to meet the EU's target of cutting 1990 greenhouse emissions by 8% before 2010 and that 13 of the EU's 15 member states would easily miss that goal.
So not so good so far. How about the EU's agricultural policy?
The negative impacts of intensive farming practices have led to an impoverished countryside, polluted water systems and an increase in greenhouse gases.
Then of course there is the Common Fisheries Policy. (ppt)
  • 70% of the main commercial fish stocks in EU waters are considered heavily overfished.
  • Numbers of large, mature fish capable of spawning in EU waters fell nearly 75% between 1995-1999.
  • More than 928 million juvenile plaice are discarded annually in EU waters – nearly 18 million euros in lost value.
  • 89% of hammerhead sharks have disappeared in the Northeast Atlantic in the last 18 years as a result of bycatch.
  • NE Atlantic contains nearly half of the 20 most wasteful fisheries globally.
Meanwhile the EU continues to subsidise the replacement of fishing vessels.

I could go on. The Three most important cross border environmental issues are protection of habitats, protection of migratory species and reduction of pollutants. In all three cases the EU's policies are useless or even counter productive. So there is no merit in the EU helps the environment argument.

4 comments:

AntiCitizenOne said...
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AntiCitizenOne said...

So the philosopher-fuhers are going for "The EU, not NATO created peace in europe". This is of course a total falsehood. NATO not the EU made sure that their was not intergovernmental violence in Europe.

Whenever the left, from National Socialist to Communists, start to fail econmically they allways roll out the "Big Lie". So it's not too suprising that the EU is picking up the "big lie" mantra, as they fail economically.

We should ensure we get the word out so they do not get away with it.

FranceSucks said...

Someone pointed out somewhere that Japanese whalers are also subsidized. I am not a complete free market capitalist but clearly government does more harm than good most of the time.

FranceSucks said...

"So there is no merit in the EU helps the environment argument.
"Sure there is. By killing the economy and sending companies overseas the EU has already greatly reduced the impact of commericial enterprise in europe. Without the EU we would probably be growing 3-5% like the US and require more oil and natural resources.