Energy Dumb policies … not just an American trait

The world is a complex place, with layers of purpose wrapped inside each other …

The European Union argues that it has serious concerns about Global Warming. That it seeks to have real movements forward on energy efficiency.  And yet …

The EU recently decided to keep in a place a 66 percent tariff on compact flourescent lightbulbs (CFLs) as a penalty since the EU asserts that they are being sold below cost.

What is truly sad … this is a decision driven, it seems, by the German government seeking to protect the interests (jobs) of a German incandescent lightbulb manufacturer.  Hmmm … why not offer them a percentage of the energy saved by importing CFLs?


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