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“We are creating a new currency.”

By ATWadmin On December 22nd, 2007 at 4:38 pm

There will be dancing in the streets of the parallel universe for sure.

Ministers ordered to assess climate cost of all decisions

Coal-fired power stations, airport expansions and new road schemes could all be put on hold following a decision by Gordon Brown that ministers must in future take account of the true economic cost of climate change damage.

Ministers have been instructed to factor into their calculations a notional “carbon price” when making all policy and investment decisions covering transport, construction, housing, planning and energy.

That price – which will increase annually – is intended to frame all day-to-day policy and investment decisions for the next 30 years.

As a result carbon-free or clean technologies, including nuclear power, have been given a significant boost as they will now become relatively less expensive than polluting technologies.

The “shadow price for carbon“, representing the cost to society of the environmental damage, has already been agreed for every year up to 2050 by government economists. It will be set at £25.50 (£1=US$0.50 ed.) a carbon tonne for 2007, rising annually to £59.60 a tonne by 2050.

The climate change minister, Phil Woolas, said: “This will have huge implications for [the] government. If for instance a new power station is due to cost £1bn, but it will add £200m worth of carbon emissions, we will decide that the cost of the power station is £1.2bn, even though its cash price is £1bn. We are creating a new currency.”

In theory the carbon price will create a bias against roads and carbon-emitting coal stations and make new “zero carbon” building regulations appear more economic.

In other words, they won’t.

Decisions about investments in new nuclear power stations will be made exclusively by the private sector, but the social carbon price is likely to affect the role of regulators and make them more willing to back nuclear as opposed to other more carbon emitting energy technologies.

It has also been agreed that every major Whitehall policy and investment decision will be monitored over the next year to check that policymakers are actually incorporating the shadow price of carbon.

Woolas said: “This is far bigger than people realise. It is intellectually thought-through and very tough. Gordon Brown may not ride a bike, but by god he is showing a lead.”

My ass. Comrade Brown and his commissars have done nothing but create a cash cow for the government.

Tony Juniper, the head of Friends of the Earth, said the “carbon price” could change economic calculations around issues such as a third runway at Heathrow. He added: “At the moment there are gaping holes in government policy with them professing concern for climate change on one hand, and rushing to expand airports and widen roads on the other. If this helps to fill in that gap then it has to be a step in the right direction. Whether it works or not will depend on whether they have set the carbon price high enough.”

The price has been set at a level calculated to ensure the government can meet its major policy target of stabilising carbon emissions at between 450 and 550 parts per million carbon, the figure recommended by the review conducted for the Treasury by Sir Nicholas Stern.

The review found that the costs of addressing climate change now will be cheaper than the costs of doing so later.

The shadow price is partly drawn from new modelling on the scale of the threat posed by climate change and partly by economic work undertaken by McKinseys and the Stern review on behalf of the Treasury on the economic costs of failing to address climate change.

The price is intended to take into account the full global costs of the damage carbon causes over the whole of its time in the atmosphere.

Equivalent values will be used for other greenhouse gases.

Such as the vast amounts of carbon dioxide spewing from the mouths of politicians and bureaucrats?

A note setting out the government’s thinking prepared in part by the chief economist at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Price, says ministers must refer to the shadow price. It states: “It is important that the shadow price for carbon is applied consistently and universally across decisions in government with significant implications for emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases.”

Via the The Guardian

Also at JWF

What goes around, comes around!

By ATWadmin On December 20th, 2007 at 6:27 am

I never thought I’d applaud one of the various catch-all laws, regulations and rules laid down by our Government in Brussels. (I will return to that ‘Goverment’ statement) but at last I’ve seen one used by people who know how to work the systems.

Remember the ‘Gitmo Three’, an trio of "British Residents"  who were freed by the Americans after a four year spell in the holiday camp atmosphere of Guantanamo Bay.

The ultra-liberal lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith who was professing his delight at his client’s relase not twenty-four hours ago, is now bleating about ‘false evidence’; but at least one has been arrested on a European arrest warrant, and the other two might be served soon.

The Spanish, who have both long memories, and the will to use the Law to it’s fullest extent, have long suspected that at least one suspect had links to the Madrid bombings. They bided their time, waited until the fuzzies arrived back in Britain where the warrants had legal force, and then made their moves.

It is just possible that the Brits in Westminster knew of the plans and kept schtum; if they did, again a sound ‘well done’!

My ‘Government’ comment was placed to emphasise how much power has in fact been transferres to Brussels. We now have to listen to the Fisheries Minister try and wriggle out of having to applaud the latest plans to emerge from Brussels for our fishermen; where they have to solemnly have to sign up to ‘Cod Avoidance Plans’, and to carry ‘observers’ on their days at sea to ensure that the ‘Avoidance Plans’ are followed!

As I have maybe said before, "You just couldn’t make this up!" 

And The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Goes To . . . .

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

This comes as no great surprise and we can expect more like it from Soviet dictator Russian president Vladimir Paranoid and his ilk. And it shouldn’t be long before the Koslings and the Leftisphere jump onboard.

Russia Issues Nuclear Threat

Russia’s nuclear weapons chief threatened Monday to target a planned US missile defence shield in central Europe if Washington fails to take into account Moscow’s worries, the Interfax news agency reported.

General Nikolai Solovtsov, head of strategic missile forces, said that such a decision could be taken if the US shield is seen to “undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent capability.”

In that case, “I do not exclude… the missile defence shield sites in Poland and the Czech Republic being chosen as targets for some of our intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Solovtsov said, according to Interfax.

Washington says the plans to install radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor rockets in Poland would guard against theoretical missile strikes from “rogue” nations such as Iran, without denting Russia’s massive nuclear offensive arsenal.

But Moscow claims the United States is exaggerating the threat from Iran and describes the shield as the thin end of a wedge aimed at changing the current balance of military power.

On Saturday, the Russian chief of staff, General Yury Baluyevsky, warned that the launch of US interceptor missiles could accidentally trigger a Russian retaliatory strike.

And the resulting vaporization of Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad would be considered an ‘accidental’ response.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk denounced the comments as “unacceptable” and said that “no declaration of this kind will influence Polish-American negotiations.”

Solovtsov, speaking hours after state television showed images of a ballistic missile being test fired from a submerged submarine at a target on the other side of Russia, said the United States was untrustworthy.

“If the Americans signed a treaty with us that they would only deploy 10 anti-missile rockets in Poland and one radar in the Czech Republic and will never put anything else there, then we could deal with this,” he said.

“However they won’t sign, they just tell us verbally, ‘We won’t threaten you’.”

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“They already cheated Russia once,” he said, referring to NATO expansion into former Soviet-dominated territory after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. “Verbally they already told us that when we re-unite Germany there won’t be one NATO soldier there. Now where are they?”

East-West relations are increasingly strained as Russia and NATO countries argue over how to ensure security in the post-Cold War landscape.

Russia froze compliance last week with the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, which imposes strict limits on deployment of troops around the country.

The Foreign Ministry offered reassurance that Russia had “no current plans to accumulate massive armaments on our neighbours’ borders.”

However the decision was criticised by NATO, the United States and other Western powers.

Kameraden! Nobody forced your former slave-states to join or ally with NATO. They did so out of appreciation for your 50 years of kindness and generosity.

And in remembrance of your reassurances from 1943 on that the Soviet army had simply . . . liberated them.

Via Spacewars.com

H/T The NoisyRoom

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Democracy At Work

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 2:21 am

When discussing the G8 and the Soviet Union today’s Russia during an interview six months ago, Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered that, …if you’re not a member of the G8, it’s not difficult to call for anyone to be thrown out. But I certainly wouldn’t call it the organization of industrialized democracies anymore.

Interviewer: What would you call it?

President Ilves: Seven industrial democracies and one country brought in for reasons that have lost their relevance.

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Putin to be PM in future Russia government

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he was ready to become prime minister if his close ally Dmitry Medvedev succeeds him, giving Putin a way to keep a grip on power after he leaves the Kremlin.

A 42-year-old lawyer with no political base of his own, Medvedev is virtually certain to win next March’s presidential election since most Russians will vote for whoever the highly popular Putin endorses.

“If Russian citizens express their confidence in Dmitry Medvedev and elect him as the country’s president, I will be ready to head the government,” Putin told a congress of his United Russia party held near Moscow’s Red Square.

“(We) shouldn’t be ashamed or afraid of transferring the key powers of the country, the destiny of Russia to the hands of such a man,” Putin added in his speech.

You’ll get no argument from the Koslings, Putie. They know democracy when they see it.

Medvedev, 42, was later adopted by the congress as United Russia’s presidential candidate. Delegates voted 478-1 in a sober, Soviet-style ceremony held without debate.

Is there any other way???

In his brief acceptance speech, Medvedev listed priorities such as strengthening Russia’s position in the world, preserving the Russian nation, looking after the young and the old.

All this is in Vladimir Putin’s strategy. I will be guided by this strategy, if I am elected president,” Medvedev said.

“But carrying out an idea can only be successful with the participation of its author. I have no doubt that in the future Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) will use all his resources, all his influence in Russia and abroad for the benefit of Russia.”

[….]

Putin praised Medvedev as a man whose “main principles in life are the interests of its government and its citizens.”

And pleasing his master.

He also announced a big pay rise of 14 percent for public sector workers, which will come into effect on February 1, just over a month before the election. The military will get 18 percent.

Of course, the pay increases have nothing to do with buying loyalty and votes for Putie’s weak sister.

In a further sign of Putin’s intention to keep a grip on power next year, Russian media reported that Putin could send the Kremlin chief of staff to run Medvedev’s election campaign.

[….]

Read it all at Reuters

Too busy shilling for the Palis, the administration’s ‘Russian expert’ was unavailable for comment.

UPDATE: Although speculation about Putie’s future began last June, Vladimir Paranoid’s announcement about becoming prime minister after Medvedev’s ‘elected’ in March, experts were surprised.

Experts, schmexperts.

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Remembering Why We Fight

By ATWadmin On December 11th, 2007 at 1:12 pm

200611_europa_1.gifTHESE ARE dark days for patriots. Our monarch has been effectively deposed by her own hand, the laws of our puppet parliament are the orders of foreign powers and, on Thursday of this week, the prime minister will incriminate himself by giving most of what little sovereignty we have over our own lives to the usurpers of Brussels. When the British people again insist on their laws being obeyed, revenge will be sweet.

So let’s remember then why we fight on. It is not because of any abstract notions or ideas, nor because we have been a free, independent people for a thousand years with a unique way of life shaped by our own customs. We fight on for our very freedom:

– Under our law we can do virtually anything we wish providing there is no law against it. In Europe you can only do what the law says you can.

– In the United Kingdom the state is the servant of the people. In Europe the people are subjects of the state.

– In the United Kingdom we have inalienable common law rights that the state cannot deny us or take away from us. In Europe rights are awarded by the state and can be withdrawn at the state’s discretion.

– In the United Kingdom the people control the state, for the sovereignty rests with the people. In Europe the state controls the people for it is the state which is sovereign.

– In the United Kingdom we do not have a state police force; we have county police forces accountable to the Crown which represents the people. In Europe they have state police forces whose job it is to enforce state policy.

These freedoms are ours by right. They do not belong to the Crown, Parliament or any individual. Our ancestors fought at home and abroad to preserve them. The prime minister will, this week, treat our liberties as his plaything and bargain them away in the promise of an authoritarian state controlling the lives of 400 million slaves. Let his name be added to the list. 

Throwing The Baby Out With The Bathwater

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Richard North at EU Referendum points out that our EU-controlled Government is now actively implementing discriminatory employment measures against non-EU immigrants who are not yet resident, by imposing major wage increases on (as a starting point, expect more employment sectors to follow) employers of care workers from non-EU countries.

As Dr.North points out, there can be no other possible explanation of imposing a wage hike of nearly 20% over the figure the carers own Association views as a reasonable amount, except that it is deliberately attempting to push non-EU migrants out of the system to make room for more EU citizens – a development which points to the view held by many that this is more of the Festung Europa mentality which is beginning to increasingly permeate the EU’s actions on every level from trade to diplomacy to, now, employment legislation.

It rather shows that ‘British Jobs For British Workers’ is a sham, and that a better slogan might be ‘British Jobs For EU Workers’ instead…

those Whom The Gods Wish To Destroy

By ATWadmin On December 7th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

scrofula_StalinEU.gifNINE nations are about to have their borders obliterated by the EU monster.

For Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, these most potent declarations of national sovereignty and independence are to become facts only in their histories as the Schengen Agreement widens its grip and undergoes its biggest ever enlargement in less than two weeks.

Happy Christmas, untermensch.

Of course, the United Kingdom didn’t sign up to Schengen, but we certainly honour its spirit: since Schengen came into force I’ve never once been required to identify myself when entering my own country. It’s too late to expect euro-fanatics to wake up to the construction of the totalitarian state before their eyes, even with practical demonstrations of of its growth such as Schengen. But still, when the likes of Commissioner Franco Frattini state:

I, as an Italian, will consider the Polish-Ukrainian border to be my border.

we can take solace from the madness of those whose monstrous ambitions will one day result in their own destruction.

WHERE PROPERTY RIGHTS END…

By ATWadmin On December 6th, 2007 at 8:17 pm

Fascinating story here on A Future in Freedom concerning the situation in The Netherlands as regards the primacy of the right to trespass. The story is almost surreal insofar as it demonstrates that the protection of an individuals’ property is minimal, and in fact the law appears to favour those who would seek to squat, to trespass.

Get this;

Consider this: you are the proprietor of a movie theater in the cute northern Dutch town of Groningen. There happens to be a room in the back of your premises, behind the movie screens, which can only be entered from a separate doorway on the other side of the building. (From personal experience, I know this is the case in many theaters.)

Enter squatter "Pino", who happens to be looking for a new place to live. Never mind that pigeons occupy the room, or that you have stored some items there. And never mind there is no heat either; Pino will just bring his own gas heater. It’s hardly Buckingham Palace, but he has just found himself a great home.

 

And THAT is just when the trouble starts as you will see from the link. The simple solution is for the property owner to have the lawful right to instantly evict the squatter using all reasonable means. End of story. But it seems to me that liberals have a distinctly luke-warm appreciation for the rights of property owners and instead favout the likes of Pino. 

Now They’re Concerned

By ATWadmin On December 3rd, 2007 at 11:44 pm

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‘The West Must Distance Itself from Putin’s Swindle’

The European press reacted on Monday to Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory with a mix of criticism and, in a few instances, praise. But most papers agree that the power struggle within the Kremlin is only just beginning.

The liberal Danish daily Politiken writes:

“As expected, Russian President Vladimir Putin garnered an overwhelming election victory. Even before (his victory), he claimed he would be given the ‘moral right’ to continue to determine his country’s political course. … After his victory he spoke of a festive atmosphere. But it has an ugly downside. Neither the campaign nor the election was deserving of this description. It was the most unfair election since the fall of communism. The state abused its power in the media. Opposition voices were suppressed. … If the West doesn’t strongly distance itself from this historic election manipulation, which one could at best describe as a swindle, it will muddy our own democracies. And we would also be abandoning Russians who haven’t yet buried their hopes for democracy in their country.”

The Rome daily La Repubblica comments:

“In his years in office, Russian President Vladimir Putin has succeeded in resurrecting the myth of Russian power that stems from an era before the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union. The Russians felt the need for this resurrection as a way of forgetting the humiliations that came along with the collapse of the Soviet empire and the tumultuous years under Boris Yeltsin. Vladimir Putin is the man who revived it.”

Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes:

“To some extent, it remains astonishing how nervously and aggressively Putin and his army of propagandists have reacted to every form of criticism or opposition to the Kremlin.

Nothing astonishing about it mein Herr. Paranoid people have enemies to, ya know!

No one seriously questions the fact that the economic boom that has happened during Putin’s terms has made him even more popular. And he and his vehicle of power, the United Russia party, likely could have gained a solid lead in the Duma election wiithout having to resort to methods that included the application of massive pressure and manipulation in the run-up to the election.”

“It appears that potentates like Putin — with their pronounced autocratic tendencies, a tradition that is deeply rooted in Russian history — are incapable of trusting the democratic persuasiveness of their arguments and in some respects their formidable achievements. The old Lenin saying that “trust is good, but control is better,” seemed to be the central vision of the man pulling the strings inside the Kremlin during this election.”

Italy’s Corriere della Sera writes:

“Vladimir Putin can book an election triumph, based on true endorsement, but it is also the result of excessively deployed authority. And that’s why the true battle for power is just beginning in Russia. After all, it was precisely this Kremlin chief who turned Sunday’s election into the first round of the Russia presidential election in March 2008, knowing full well that he would soon have to change offices. A plebiscite mandate was supposed to guarantee his ‘moral right‘ to remain Russia’s leader, even if he is in an office other than the presidency. To that end, the Russians have pushed aside allegations of election manipulation and have instead given their approval to Putin.”

The liberal Vienna daily Der Standard writes:

“Will the Kremlin chief’s words be followed by corresponding actions after he leaves the office of president? If he decides to continue to exercise his enormous remaining influence through the United Russia party (with its inevitable majority in the newly elected parliament), we will see if he is serious about what he has been saying. But if he allows himself to be named prime minister after leaving the office of president, circumventing the constitution, we will know that, in truth, he is merely seeking personal power.

Ya think?

A weakening of the office of the president in Russia, the only institution that is vested with political legitimacy, will lead the country on a path to chaos. The practice of changing the playing rules in order to retain power will also remain after the all-powerful man leaves the political stage, but the superficial stability of his leadership will not.”

Zurich’s Tages-Anzeiger writes:

“There is little doubt that the Russian president will interpret this result as a vote of confidence — and that it also justifies his desire to remain in power. If he is no longer able to remain president in spring, then another function will be found for him — be it prime minister, head of parliament or in the role of a ‘national leader’. But Putin’s victory is a false one. The allegations of manipulation brought by the opposition are a dark shadow hanging heavy over the election result. Still, Putin has no reason to fear any Ukranian-style Orange Revolution. At the same time, he shouldn’t feel overly secure, because a government that has to gain a victory through undemocratic means, is not as firmly in the saddle as the election result might lead one to believe.”

The right-liberal Bulgarian newspaper Dnewnik writes:

“Russian and Western election observers were unable to hide their shock on Sunday over the absolute pressure imposed on the vote in the giant country by the Putin administration. … It was exercised regularly and transparently enough that one could say that Putin held true to his promise of honesty. It’s not his problem that other people imagined a different outcome — probably like the European leaders who live in a complete fantasy world with their dream of drawing Russian natural gas without Putin’s political policies also flowing through the pipes.”

Funny how a newspaper in a former Soviet slave-state understands what Gazprom – Vladimir Paranoid’s ambassador to Europe – is all about.

The liberal Romanian daily Evenimentul Zilei writes:

“Elections and free-market economies are viewed as a symbol of recovery, and Vladimir Putin’s iron hand as a necessary phase during the transition from post-communist chaos to a liberal democracy. But Russia has destroyed a number of myths about democracy and confirmed the failure of the recipes and frameworks that the West has applied to transition countries. … Russia’s economic strength, which has in no way buttressed democratic transformation, has instead empowered Moscow’s oppressive regime. In Russia, the traditional authoritarian model has been restored using the tools of capitalism, and the Russians appear to be contented with that.”

The State Department’s Russian expert was unavailable for comment.

Via Spiegel International.

See also Riding The Cronies To Victory.

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I FORBID THEREFORE I AM!

By ATWadmin On November 28th, 2007 at 9:01 am

Fascinating article here on the control-freakery of the European Union…

  • For instance, a regulation that requires all legal cheese production facilities to have running water and electricity spells the end of many Alpine cheeses. The small dairies that traditionally make these cheeses simply cannot afford the investments needed to satisfy the Brussels requirements.
  • A Westphalian pig farmer who fattens his animals in his own forest, just as his grandfather did, runs afoul of the law if he allows the pigs’ liquid manure to seep straight into the forest soil instead of draining it through standardized concrete pipes.
  • Anyone who, milk pail in hand, hopes to find fresh milk from the farm these days will have a lot of searching to do. Under Paragraph 17, Section 1 of the Animal Food Hygiene Regulation, "the sale of raw milk or cream to consumers is prohibited." Only in exceptional cases are dairy farmers permitted to sell untreated milk to customers, and only when they are in compliance with a long list of detailed requirements regulating everything from the condition of the floors in the farmer’s milking room to the material used to make his doors. Of course, the dairy farmer mustn’t forget to post a warning sign that reads "Raw milk — Boil before consuming" in a "visible and legible manner at the selling location."

The message is clear. If it moves – regulate it. Common sense is out the window – the presumption is that the bureaucrats must control all things, in our best interest naturally. It’s the Nanny Superstate folks, and it has already arrived.