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    Out of the energy reality


    August 8, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      In Germany they are going back to coal; in France they are betting on nuclear energy, and in Spain we are taking off our ties. This meme that has circulated profusely through social networks in recent weeks transcends being a witty joke to become the simplification of the reality of this country and the caricature of a government out of touch with reality, which, unable to offer solutions to the problems of citizens, is dedicated to propose patches, improvisations and occurrences, in contrast to the serious and corrective measures adopted by our European partners and competitors.

      A general tendency that is now mimetized in this so-called Energy Saving Plan that not only invades the competences of the autonomous communities and violates the Occupational Risk Prevention Law -temperature between 23 and 25 degrees in summer and between 21 and 23 degrees in winter-, but also represents an attack against entrepreneurship, economy and employment. Standards that it wants to impose manu militari when in other countries of our environment they are mandatory for the public sector but voluntary for families, companies and the private sector in general.

      Because if this Government were coherent with the co-governance it preaches and with the respect for institutions, democracy and freedoms, it would have negotiated, in the first place, this savings plan with the autonomous governments and the business associations. It would have then taken the regulation to Parliament for validation and, finally, it would have limited itself to demanding a minimum percentage reduction in energy consumption and that the autonomous communities would be in charge of implementing the necessary measures according to the peculiarities of each territory and the circumstances of each sector of activity.

      The Savings Plan only violates the competences of the Autonomous Communities and the law on occupational hazards.

      But the most serious aspect of this supposed energy saving plan is that it blurs the real problem, which is none other than the supply and, above all, the brutal increase in prices. Factors in the face of which countries such as Germany, France, Austria or the United Kingdom, to name but a few, have returned to reopen their coal-fired power stations and to extend the life of their nuclear power stations, if not to open new reactors to guarantee energy self-sufficiency through clean, safe and cheaper electricity for the benefit of their companies and individuals.

      Thus, while we continue to pay for one of the most expensive energies in Europe, in Germany, with the Green party in government, they have already renounced their 2030 decarbonization objectives and have reopened their factories. Meanwhile, Macron's France is reactivating its commitment to nuclear energy with the construction of six new reactors and with the support of the French left. A nuclear energy that, let us remember, together with gas, are already green for the EU and will be able to benefit from the incentives for renewables.

      And while other countries and governments are working and looking for solutions, here we still do not have an energy policy and without opening the debate to elaborate an authentic National Energy Plan based not on that ideological childishness and institutionalized cynicism that characterizes the radical and anachronistic left in Spain, but on the proposals and recommendations of the vast majority of national and international experts, which include promoting renewable energies and implementing the development of nuclear energy.

      That would make a serious government, with credibility and authority, with a sense of State and concerned about Spain and the Spanish people. That is to say, everything that the ruling Sanchismo lacks, weakened by its internal wars with its coalition partners and obsessed only with perpetuating itself in power, whatever the cost and whoever falls.

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