Who’s the Real Villain

by Einar Du Rietz

 There are real environmental problems. Not necessarily those threats lazy journalists and politicians demand you to solve, but more often caused by the government.

One of the most blatant examples is found in the oceans, in particular those areas controlled by the EU. Millions of Euro are wasted in the incomprehensible CAP, with devastating effects on the Baltic sea as one – hopefully – unintended consequence. The EU fishery policy – equally impossible to get a grip on – costs billions and has led about 90 percent of the EU waters to suffer from the imminent risk of out-fishing, by ways of subsidies and peculiar regulatory frameworks.

I have written on this subject before, and will continue to do so, but these particular examples of governmental abuse to nature and humanity were once again pointed out to me by two colleagues (no link unfortunately, but honor as due), Maria Wetterstrand and Mattias Svensson. An interesting detail is that though the latter is a libertarian, the former is spokesperson for the Greens.

It’s a terryfying list, but let me add some more. Government, or partly government energy companies using government force to expropriate private property for exploitation. Or spending tax money to make a mess in the developing world in misguided, sometimes corrupt efforts.

At the same time, entrepreneurs are forced to fill in useless forms to send to the even more useless Eurostat, and the rest of us recycle.


About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.