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Sir, Regarding ‘Think tanks should ‘think European’ to fight global challenges‘ : I can only concur with the comment of Stephen Boucher and Martine Royo that “think tanks should think European to fight global challenges”. Their recommendation is equally valid in Brussels as illustrated by the following (excerpt from G. Fayl & U. Fayl von… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEP goes on defensive over light bulb ban‘: First of all: What is easily forgotten is that this is a ban on a safe, popular product. We are not talking about banning lead paint or fireworks here. Around 9 out of every 10 lights purchased in every European country are of this kind,… » read more

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Sir, Regarding Dr. Orlin Vushkov’s letter ‘Young people: Do not go back to Bulgaria‘, originally posted in response to the article ‘Eastern Europe struggles to bring back its workers‘: I totally disagree with the view that young Bulgarians should run away from their own country. The arguments given are quite general and mainly based on… » read more

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Sir, Zum Artikel ‘Europaabgeordnete stimmen für Begrenzung Industriebedingter Verschmutzung‘: Ich bin sehr erfreut über die aktuelle Entwicklung und das persönliche Engagement von Herrn MdEP Krahmer (ALDE, Deutschland), Herrn MdEP Wijkman (EVP-ED, Schweden) und Herrn MdEP Turmes (Grüne, Luxemburg). Leider sind die Beschlüsse und das Papier auf dem diese stehen, die eine Seite. Die andere und… » read more

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Tempest in a teapot

Sir, Regarding ‘Google’s carbon footprint exposed‘: It was literally a tempest in a teapot. When a critic recently suggested that two searches on Google consumed as much energy as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, even many of us within the company were startled. Could this really be the case? Rather than consulting… » read more

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Smart Grids? Smart Baloney!

Sir, Regarding ‘Smarter grids crucial for delivery of EU climate goals‘: I’m an ex-power engineer (having designed and operated power networks) working in the area of renewables. I disagree on a fundamental level with the comments by GE’s Keith Redfearn concerning ‘Smart Grids’ and that renewables targets are too demanding for the existing transmission network.… » read more

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Setting the record straight

Sir, Regarding ‘UK Conservatives in the EPP-ED: Will they stay or go?‘: A couple of points: Your statement that I have “left the EPP to sit as an independent” is open to misinterpretation. I left the EPP’s group, but I continue as a full member of the Conservative delegation, and indeed have been re-selected to… » read more

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