Archive for 2009/07 :

The economics of algae production

In reaction to the EurActiv article:

EABA: Promises and challenges of algae biofuels

Sir, Regarding the interview ‘EABA: Promises and challenges of algae biofuels‘: We have produced micro-algae for the last 40 years or so – commercially as a part of aquaculture production processes. As such, we probably have a better understanding of algae as economic crop for lipids – either as food or fuel – than most [...]

Algae is no miracle solution

Posted by Willy De Backer, 3E Intelligence on 30/07/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Big oil eyes algae to solve biofuel problems

Sir, Regarding your LinksDossier ‘Algae: the ultimate biofuel‘ and interview ‘EABA: Promises and challenges of algae biofuels‘: There are more issues than just costs (which are mentioned in the interview). There is doubts about the net energy balance (energy needed to get the energy out) and serious concerns about the environment. For some of the [...]

ERC Advanced Grants: Do they reward the best investigators and the best proposals?

Posted by Professor Edgar Pick, M.D., Ph.D. on 29/07/09
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Commission to launch European Research Council review

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission to launch European Research Council review‘: I just became aware of the establishment by the European Commission of a Review Panel on the European Research Council’s structures and mechanisms. I learned that the Panel is consulting with representative research organisations in Europe and has asked for inputs, with a deadline of 24 [...]

Reflecting on Canada-EU seal products row

Posted by Emese Mate on 29/07/09
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Canada vows to challenge EU seal products ban

Sir, Regarding ‘Canada vows to challenge EU seal products ban‘: This cooperation with Canada is inhuman indeed. I think that a large-scale debate should be initiated, to see if there is genuine demand for such products on the market. I myself would never buy any products made from seals. I agree with reasonable hunting, meaning [...]

The case for an EU presidential veto

Posted by JH on 29/07/09
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Hedge funds seek allies in new EU Parliament

Sir, Regarding ‘Hedge funds seek allies in new EU Parliament‘: The EU president (created by the Lisbon Treaty) should be given a veto over decisions reached by qualified majority voting (QMV) in the Council. The way in which QMV functions presently is deeply undemocratic. States with nothing but an academic interest in an issue can [...]

Problems settling in Bulgaria: Whose fault is it?

Posted by Joshua Scheidel-Apostolov on 15/07/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Settling in Bulgaria

Sir, I read Mr. Watkinson’s letter to you entitled ‘Settling in Bulgaria‘ and I think I can provide a reasonable insider’s explanation to the reported problem. As a German who is married to a Bulgarian, I know very well of this problem, which arose shortly before the accession of Bulgaria to the EU and has [...]

The EU institutions’ hypocritical fight against climate change

Posted by Svetoslav Apostolov on 13/07/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

Sir, Regarding ‘Economics vs The Renewables Bigger Picture‘: Negotiations on climate change mitigation measures were a highlight at this year’s G8 summit in Italy [1] [2]. The president of the Commission of the European Communities (alias the European Commission, EC) José Manuel Barroso is even quoted as saying he would “stress the importance of the [...]

Settling in Bulgaria

Posted by T.I. Watkinson on 13/07/09
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Centre-right sweeps to victory in Bulgarian elections

Sir, Regarding ‘Centre-right sweeps to victory in Bulgarian elections‘: My family and four other families are trying to have holidays in Bulgaria, and have bought property there. We come out twice per year and spend our money there, and in response to this our properties are constantly damaged, meaning every time we arrive we have [...]

Economics vs The Renewables Bigger Picture

Posted by Mike Parr, PWR on 07/07/09
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No 'one size fits all' for EU power linkage, experts say

Sir, Regarding ‘No ‘one size fits all’ for EU power linkage’, experts say‘: The apparent disagreement between François Meslier of EDF and the French regulator concerning the need (or lack thereof) for improved cross border connections misses a few important points. The recent DG TREN infringement proceedings against 24 member states with respect to cross-border [...]

Carbon capture and storage: The realities

Posted by Carol Horner on 06/07/09
In reaction to the EurActiv article:

EU mulls �7 billion subsidy for carbon capture

Sir, Regarding ‘EU mulls €7bn subsidy for carbon capture‘: Is heralding the move towards large scale programmes in particular those for CCS (carbon capture and storage) and the very large organisations who are proffering these the right approach? One of the major hypotheses promoted for CCS is the transference of oxidised carbon (namely – carbon [...]

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