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(en) Czech, AFED: Minister Richard Brabec - a fearless fighter against drought? [machine translation]

Date Mon, 11 May 2020 07:57:45 +0300

Our sympathizer's commentary on the proclamations of the Minister of the Environment in contrast to the reality he is shaping. ---- In recent weeks, a number of reports of worsening drought in the Czech Republic have appeared in the media. At the end of April, Richard Brabec, Minister of the Environment, spoke about the threat of drought and the measures that the ministry is implementing and will implement. Comprehensive and thoughtful response to the minister's words on this subject and generally includes eg. The article on referendum Diary government fails to address drought, agree experts, environmentalists and opposition from R. Kubal. ---- In the context of this issue, I would like to address only one specific case, which can show how Brabec really thinks about the protection of water resources. This is a planned extraction of gravel sand in the locality of Uherský Ostroh and Moravský Písek, which could very realistically endanger the key source of drinking water for tens of thousands of people (detailed information eg HERE ).

Of course, all political parties declare the need to combat drought, the need to protect the landscape, and therefore water resources. But one thing is public proclamations, another is real action.

Residents of municipalities from a wide region, a number of experts, the South Moravian Region, and some other politicians oppose the extraction of gravel (here we can only hope that there would be no change in their determination if the Ministry of the Environment were in charge of their party). It is therefore very sad that the Ministry of the Environment is not in this list, which, moreover, with its last decision from January this year, allowed the possibility of mining to be a little more realistic again ( HERE ).

Brabec describes his position on gravel mining in the article I am against mining, but the law is the law. The text is an interesting mixture of dials, fogs and praise. Among other things, Brabec claims in his regret that he is approaching populism in mining. He himself is essentially a pioneer in the ministry in the fight against drought. The fact that he is against mining, as stated in the title of the article, I did not find divorced in the text, but Brabec writes that he would give priority to water protection over everything. That is, if "there would be legal or factual reasons for doing so". At the same time, it reassures us that "mining is still a long way off". So we can be without worries, it will sit down somehow, above all we have to believe in the law and impartiality of all involved. Brabec would start actively opposing mining only after he discovered some of the legal or factual reasons. He doesn't seem to be looking too carefully (see eg HERE ).

And last but not least, the fact that Brabec hypocritically refers in his article to the EIA (environmental impact assessment) documentation, which is very problematic in itself, does not serve him much to honor, Brabec does not have enough contradictions here - which would be enough for him. serious - not aware.

Once again, it shows how the state is constantly giving in to the key things of capitalism, or even paving the way for it. Auri sacra fames, cursed hunger for gold...

Which scale of scales the political establishment will stand for in the case of gravel mining will depend primarily on public opposition to the planned mining. When the top politicians whose decisions matter are no longer acting on the basis of obligations to society, they will do so under the pressure of general dissent. Brabec would not agree with this, because, as he writes, "it is not the number of positive or negative petitions that can decide here, but the opinions of authorized experts and the acceptability of environmental impacts." That is, the opinion of several experts with an opinion that fits into the shop of Minister Brabec. Touching impartiality and the determination to leave all decision-making to experts, should we perceive the attitude of a heroic fighter against drought? So I don't know, I don't know who plays the populist and hypocritical bastard here, Mr. Brabc.

However, incomparable greater obstacles are still in the way for the poor capitalists and their helpers than in Africa or the Amazon, where nothing stands in the way of capitalist "progress", and if it does, it can quickly disappear, such as difficult village with its even more difficult inhabitants. But we have opportunities that the people of the Third World never dreamed of defending capitalism.

Capitalism is persistent, it has the means and the power. It also has a lot of work to do, because it is necessary to extract so many natural resources, to build so many high-rise buildings! But if capitalism is so determined on its path to damn profit, we have only one option left. Be more determined...

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