Evropské odhodlání chátrat

SÃO PAULO – V pompézní argumentaci hledající blýskání na lepší časy v nejponuřejší ze všech situací došla klimatická komisařka Evropské unie k závěru, že skrze globální hospodářskou krizi a recesi se vlastně na všechny usmálo štěstí.

Komisařka Connie Hedegaardová říká, že díky zpomalení ekonomické aktivity bude pro EU snazší dosáhnout svého cíle a do roku 2020 zajistit, aby emise skleníkových plynů byly o 20 % pod úrovní z roku 1990. Hedegaardová je dokonce přesvědčena, že snižování emisí je už tak snadné, že by evropští lídři měli být ctižádostivější a jednostranně usilovat o 30% redukci pod hladinu roku 1990 – což je nápad, který si získal podporu nové britské vlády David Camerona.

Může se zdát, že jde o dobré zprávy, ale není tomu tak, protože existuje silná korelace mezi hospodářským růstem a uhlíkovými emisemi. Téměř ve všech zemích vyšší emise pramení z vyšších temp růstu. Pokud omezíte emise uhlíku, aniž byste zajistili cenově dostupné alternativní zdroje energie, ochabne HDP. Řečeno jinak, prosazováním razantnějšího potlačování emisí Hedegaardová vlastně volá po ještě hlubší recesi.

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