The working title of prominent Australian geologist and global warming skeptic Ian Plimer’s new book, which he told Czech Position he plans to hand over to his publisher next week, is a provocative one — “How to Get Expelled from School” — and lock step in line with a central tenant of fellow skeptic Czech President Václav Klaus (who has agreed to write the foreword to it) that the climate change issue has been driven by doctrine, not science.
The “Carbon Fat Cats 2011” study by the UK environmental non-profit Sandbag shows Czech power giant ČEZ to be an oddity among its European energy peers. ČEZ has a huge surplus of emissions allowances while most companies in the sector — including giants like Germany’s E.ON and RWE — are running huge deficits. Generous government treatment for ČEZ, which is set to continue, is seen as the main reason.
Power companies believe they have seen off the threat of a Kč 48 billion bill for emission allowances from 2013 masterminded by the Ministry of Finance to curb the impact of electricity price rises caused by solar power. The ministry itself seems to have forgotten about the far-reaching plan, as power producers prepare to apply for “free” allowances under an EU deal.