Thus the environmentalists of the “No to everything” contributed to the energy crisis

Thus the environmentalists of the “No to everything” contributed to the energy crisis
Thus the environmentalists of the “No to everything” contributed to the energy crisis
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L’Italy of the “no” makes its weight felt in the accounts of the energy crisis. The Italy of “no to everything”, no to drills, no to gas pipelines, no to any reflection on nuclear, no even to renewable energy parks when done in his backyard he is jointly responsible for the problems that have been exacerbated, in the last year, by the global context and the storm of the war in Ukraine.

The Italy of the “no” contains within it the incurable opponents of energy policies, ideological environmentalists, various political forces largely referable to progressive circles but which do not fail to involve right-wing and liberal forces, intellectuals and agitators in several cases . And it has an important influence on public opinion to which it is often difficult to explain the prospective usefulness of a regasification plant or a power plant and its economic and social dividends, but it is easier to foresee environmental disasters or threats to health. A whole political streak has developed from the ideology of No. We can provide some snapshots of it.

The economic and social costs of the “no” to gas

The first is that of expensive gas disaster for which many political forces have been responsible at different times around the pressure exerted by the Five Star Movement before and after the rise to government. While the autumn energy storm seems to be getting closer and closer, prices are flying and inflation is galloping our country is in a critical phase in which, on the natural gas front, the reconstruction of stocks and the fight against price increases must make forehead with the castration of the national draw operated by political means. We are talking about the unexpected decision taken at the time of the Conte I government on the initiative of the Five Star Movement with the approval of the then government partner, the League, to stop and weaken Italy’s mining capacities and to block the drilling rigs operating in the offshore of the Adriatic Sea. Decision that also the Conte II government with M5S and Democratic Party traction has confirmed momentum and that in essence the Draghi government has not overturned.

Indeed, the Draghi government in February 2022, shortly before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, gave the definitive go-ahead to the institutional plan which, according to the rules of the Conte governments, gave structure to the Italy of the no and its political claims. : the Pitesai, which indicates the areas suitable and those not suitable for the extraction of hydrocarbons. The Pitesai was approved while partially blocking the provisions of the Bills Decree promoted at the time by the Draghi government on the initiative of Roberto Cingolanni, which opened up to increasing extraction from national fields. The Pitesai has clearly indicated the areas excluded from the possibility of extraction, indicating as unmanageable in this sense 42.5% of the national land surface and 5% of the maritime area, reducing the space available for the exploration of hydrocarbons available to the 50 % in the first case and even 89% in the second.

But on gas to think that everything is born only with the rise to rule of the grillini is misleading. “Unreliability and ideological environmentalism have a high cost” regardless, argued the undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy Transition Vannia Gava (League). “It shows”, the Honorable Del Carroccio emphasizes, “the 190 million penalty that the Italian State, that is all of us citizens, will have to pay to the company that has owned the Ombrina Mare concession since 2014, in Abruzzo, which was supposed to exploit a field of gas but that has been stopped. “And the new front of regasification plants shows that the game is ready to expand and we see the dualism of the country: in Ravenna the project of a new regasification plant as part of a strategy that will lead Rome to be able to welcome 32 billion cubic meters of LNG per year from the current 17 has the support of the mayor Michele De Pascale and an entrepreneurial fabric attentive to opportunities, in Piombino the Snam floating regasification plant, which should allow the import of 5 billion cubic meters to year, is the object of a compact social opposition and the pursuit between political forces to get center stage in a local but national battle. llette fly.

The nuclear dilemma

A second point is that of nuclear. A resource much discussed in terms of utility, convenience and guarantees against the energy crisis, but on which the debate should be primarily of an industrial, programmatic, strategic nature. Instead, on the nuclear front, the party of “no” regardless.

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This was carefully reported by a recent manifesto of the Verdi-Italian Left coalition, a candidate as a united list in the center-left camp for forthcoming policies. Inside, the ecologists attack the proposal of Carlo Calenda, leader of the Action-Italia Viva coalition, and of the center-right to build new nuclear power plants, indicating on a map the projects envisaged by the plans of the two poles. Fourteen specific sites are indicated, from the former Italian nuclear centers such as Caorso, near Piacenza, and Trino Vercellese, to other towns: the Sardinian Oristano, the Molise Termoli, the Venetian Chioggia among these. The aim is clear: to show the dangerousness of nuclear power by comparing each of these plants to a “bomb” for the inhabitants of the countries in question. External support for the “no to everything” party then came from the former Minister of the Environment Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio in an interview with The news. Pecoraro declared that the nuclear issue should not be raised either because “no region is available to host a nuclear power plant or even a waste deposit so it seems to me that everything is infeasible”.

The waste of waste

Another far more pragmatic Minister of the Environment from the past, Corrado Clini, holder of the department at the time of the Monti government, instead he underlined the problem linked to “the incredible waste management of half of Italy” and its effects on the energy crisis in an editorial on Ants. “Not only”, notes Clini, “because since 2015 we have paid the European Commission a fine of 450 million euros for the mismanagement of waste in Campania, but also because our waste is exported at a high price (up to € 300 / ton ) in European countries that use them to produce electricity and heat, because in half of Italy the energy use of waste would not be sustainable “. And this, for a great power ofcircular economy like Italy represents a setback.

On the waste-to-energy plants necessary to dispose of waste and potentially capable of becoming a hub for energy generation, ideological environmentalism goes into a spin, as demonstrated by the internal dispute within the Italian Greens that sees the coordinator Angelo Bonelli in favor of the plant in Rome against the opinion of his own party, including the candidate in the capital Rossella Muroni, former president of Legambiente. Ideological environmentalism denounces the alleged environmental damage of the plants that burn waste but totally neglects the dividends in every field, paradoxically including that for sustainability. From Brescia to Sardinia, from the capital to Emilia, in recent years the tug-of-war on waste-to-energy plants has led the environmentalists of the no to Kafkaesque positions on the basis of an ideological prejudice towards anything that could have a vague hint of industry or concrete application of a synergy between the energy world, transition and development. Synthesis of a problem that appears cultural before being economic: a fear of progress and management of the challenges of the future which is based on anachronistic ideological prejudices. And that damage the country’s economic and social cohesion.


The article is in Italian

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