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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #223 - Without transition: Anne Lauvergon (fr )[machine translation]

Date Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:56:42 +0200

The former boss of Areva, the world leader in nuclear power, has found a nice picnic! Since 29 November, she oversees the National Council debate on energy transition (CNDTE), a commission of technocrats who immediately excluded the nuclear debate. In the name of "sustainable growth", we advocate consumerism to anything-goes. ---- On November 29, the National Council debate on the transition energy held its first meeting after a few teething problems: delays, resignation of a member of the steering committee, critical environmental organizations who refuse to participate ( Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth). His goal: to lead public debate during the coming months to identify the main areas of law that energy planning should come mid-2013.

This initiative, led by the Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho, is supposed to France on the road to sobriety energy (consume less), energy efficiency (better use) and the massive diffusion of renewable energy. Could remain amazed by this beautiful program proposed by a number of environmental organizations for years, but if we look more closely, we quickly disillusioned.

The first concerns the nuclear hypocrisy, immediately excluded from the debate. We're supposed to stick to the promises of the President of the Republic: decreased from 75 to 50% of the share of nuclear power generation by 2025 and closing Fessenheim, the oldest central France.

In return, keeping at arm's length from the site of the shipwreck full EPR - three years late, at a cost of 8.5 billion euros instead of 3.3 - shows the emptiness of promises 'socialist' .

Smoking out of "experts"
The second hypocrisy for the rest of the members of the steering committee: Laurence Tubiana, Director of Sustainable Development Chair at Sciences Po, Jean Jouzel, renowned scientist and member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Michel Rollier, Michelin's director from 1996 to 2012, and Georges Mercadal, vice-president of the National Public Debate Commission between 2002 and 2007. The sixth seat is reserved for the deposit of this gathering green productivist: Bruno Rebelle, former director of Greenpeace France.

With such a composition, CNDTE not propose to shift the country's energy policy.

The results of this "great debate" are predictable: lots of good intentions, some reforms to promote renewable energy, few incentives to reduce energy consumption, but ultimately the pursuit of nuclear and dogma of "growth ". However, to save the planet, it is the logic of infinite growth in a finite world that must be broken.

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