Italy and Poland tries to weaken EU's climate goals
This is a fine example of ignorance from these right-wing governments in Europe. The climate package will not worsen the economy for Europe. Instead the plan will create millions of new green jobs, reduce our fuel costs and avert a catastrophe beyond our wildest dreams.
During a summit Nicolas Sarkozy said that they will look for "solutions" for those European countries who have expressed concerns about the climate goals and their economy. "The climate package is so important that we cannot simply drop it, under the pretext of a financial crisis," said Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently holds the EU's rotating presidency.
The European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said that "we are not going to let up on the battle against climate change."
The European Commissioner for energy policy, Andris Piebalgs, wrote on his blog that "this financial crisis should not be an excuse to delay even more our climate and energy package, to promote renewables or to boost our energy efficiency. On the contrary, it has shown us that remedies are always worse than prevention. Therefore we cannot fail to implement the necessary measures to change from a fossil fuel based economy to a low carbon one, because this time citizens will not forgive us."
Fine words indeed, but that doesn't mean there is a reason to sit back and hope for the best. That is why Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF and the Climate Action Network Europe needs your help to let the European Environment Ministers know that "we're all watching them."
Greenpeace says that "the next days are crucial if we are to get a strong package of measures agreed by December", and that "we must keep the pressure on Europe's leaders now".