France is, not surprisingly, a major advocate of nuclear power, and has extended a hand to both the UK and CEE countries willing to go down that road. In fact, we are seeing the increased importance of coal in Germany's energy mix, although it is their neighbor Poland that supports coal most vociferously.
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The latter is also looking forward to the possibility of diversifying its gas supply with indigenous shale resources, a move that has been met with support from, for example, the UK, but with criticism from Germany. The question that arises at this particular moment is this: is market integration enough, and can it really be achieved without an integrated policy?
Or is it a similar case to fiscal and monetary union: either both or nothing at all? Although an internal market was first proposed in , and we will finally see it in , Helm notes that even once it is completed, the EU will remain far from a single competitive market. The EU is by far the largest importer of energy, buying in nearly twice the US's energy import and five times that of China.
Import dependency is thus the defining problem of European energy policy Umbach, A cardinal sin of EU energy policy making is, surprisingly, paying insufficient attention to these questions. A simple reason is the focus on the electricity sector, which also seems to be the easiest sector to tackle in terms of decarbonization. This results in the EU turning a blind eye to the risks and rewards that stem from changing the oil and gas markets for European industry. Structural change may be ahead, not only because of price differential but also because of shifting trade patterns, for instance refinery capacities.
Liliestam and Patt, a, pp. One explanation for this can be found in Goldthau's a, p.
There is no single best approach here. The degree to which the EU's hands are tied by the Russian monopoly on gas delivery became more tangible than ever during the Ukrainian crisis. On the other hand, a large group of politicians and industrial lobbyists argued that this apparent powerlessness to act should rather be perceived as a beneficial interdependence through trade.
Maltby suggests that an important window of opportunity for building a coherent common EU energy security policy has been missed. With the Eastern enlargement and the increase in energy dependency and price volatility, the Commission was able to attract more attention to the problem of import dependency. However, while the EC has increased its competence in the internal market, the states retain competence in external relations. In the EU27 member states failed to forge a coherent European energy security and energy foreign policy strategy because solidarity was still visibly lacking Umbach, An approach that focuses only on import dependency falls short because energy security also demands system resilience.
The issue of robustness focuses on all parts of the supply chain. The failure of the major gas infrastructure is used as a benchmark. In its last consequence, energy security is a public good. A growing tension can be observed between the neoliberal market paradigm and energy security as a public good in the EU.
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A political discussion about the necessary level and costs of energy security is overdue. The relationship between Germany and Poland in the energy sector is a great example of the way different assumptions about and understandings of energy security can undermine cooperation. This should not be seen as political paranoia: German—Polish energy relations were already suffering from a lack of trust, and for good reason.
Energy security should be a key rationale for EU energy policy and it should be a driver of energy system transformation. The transition to a more sustainable energy system, including climate policy goals, is important. But climate protection is not the only rationale: energy security has to be taken into account and seen as a justification for the transformation cf. This simple realization seems to be vanishing rather than getting stronger.
In practice, the way in which the EU has come to attach priority to a rather traditional understanding of energy security sits uneasily with its declared climate aims. Renewables and energy efficiency can provide very good solutions to these problems, which should reinforce the environmental incentives for their development.
However, even these environmental justifications are now being undermined.
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Environmental concerns have been an important part of the way energy policy was conceptualized by the Commission Solorio Sandoval and Morata, The Green Paper of mentions sustainability as an objective of an EU energy strategy, and this is the dimension in which the EU energy policies have had particular strength Westphal, , pp.
Undoubtedly, the Climate and Energy Package was the EC's major success in terms of both shaping European energy policies and steering them towards sustainability Helm, Given the assumptions and information that the EC had to hand at the time, this strategy was highly rational.
When oil prices were skyrocketing in , and climate change was at the top of the agenda, the moment was perfect for launching a deep energy system transformation that should, like a proverbial silver bullet, solve all of the EU's problems at the same time: reduce energy costs in the long run, decrease import dependence and increase energy security, and last but not least contribute to global climate mitigation and local reduced pollution environmental protection.
The unforeseen external shifts — a global financial crisis and the US shale gas and oil bonanza — changed the entire policy context. A fragmented global energy market creates concerns about interregional competitiveness. Many scholars, politicians and lobbyists argue that renewables are still noncompetitive, while pricing environmental externalities, such as carbon emissions, impedes economic growth in the short run at least.
Regarding renewable energy supply, the major issue that remains unresolved is wind and solar intermittency, which makes them at least on a national scale less reliable than conventional sources. In that sense, it requires a grand transformation on the technical side and the commercial side. This step still lays ahead of the EU countries, and part of the large debate on costs stems from this challenge. But it is also a question of the lens one looks through: modernization of infrastructure is a growing need in most countries.
The energy transformation that the EC tried to initiate had several different faults, too. The focus was almost exclusively on the electric power sector, where the degree of import dependence is quite varied between the member states. The transport sector, where all member states are almost identically dependent on imports of oil, was not at the core of EC policy, although here an integrative narrative could have been achieved.
In contrast, Germany has long been highly dependent on energy imports. Maintaining economic development, competitiveness understood as keeping costs low and energy independence as its major policy concerns, the government in Warsaw did not see a place for remote climate mitigation — unless a binding global agreement could be reached. It should not obscure the likely future cost curves of individual energy sources. In the long run we will see, most likely although not without a degree of uncertainty growing costs of fossil fuels — not just for climate reasons — and falling costs of renewables.
The expansion of renewables could reduce demand and with it the price for fossil fuels, making it again economically unsound to look for new hydrocarbon sources Froggatt and Levi, , p. In the first part of this article we described the current global energy landscape as being in flux and characterized by political uncertainties for all global actors, although our particular focus is on the EU. In the second section, we enumerated the five cardinal sins of European energy policy and governance that are committed by both the EU bureaucracy and the member state policy makers.
How can these sins of European energy policy be overcome? The energy dilemma for the nine billion people on this planet comprises climate and energy security, including the fight against energy poverty. The Herculean task for European leaders is to make our energy system more sustainable, but at the same time to guarantee fossil fuel supply for the transitional period.
However, this last condition has to be met without perpetuating fossil dependency — and this is a tough challenge, especially given the presence of shale gas and coal at competitive prices. Taking this into account highlights the risks and rewards for EU policies. If the EU tackles these challenges, it might regain its soft power and bargaining position.
Yet European states lack a shared vision regarding the future of energy policy. What seems even more important, though, is that EU member states even lack a common understanding of their position in the international energy landscape. The only possibility to escape that tension is to rethink and emphasize the collective benefits of energy solidarity. That concept requires the acknowledgement of the inherent condition of interdependence that dominates contemporary European and global governance. Sovereignty should be seen as a collective good, not a national or private one; states should be expected to exercise their sovereignty in a way that is respectful to that of others.
Another important element of a streamlined European energy policy would be taking energy security seriously — the problem of security of supply, the question of affordability and the issues of dependency — but with an environmental component. Understanding the investment horizons of the energy sector, we see that there is urgency to act now because today's decisions will affect our pathways in the long run.
A further step is ensuring investment in infrastructure that will be able to handle the transition. The key policy question is: how do we move forward with these instruments, and what can be the drivers? Education, changing consumer habits and deep changes to demand are important in the long run, but have to be complemented with efforts to ensure security of supply.
This will have to be done on the political level: as the lesson of the s seems to teach us, markets alone will really not deliver an energy transition. Importantly, however, our experience has shown that energy and climate policies are two sides of the same coin. In the EU, as Helm , p. Uncertainty can be decreased by either assuring stability or increasing the flexibility of the system.
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Barker has stated in Faces of Fear that an inspiration for the Books of Blood was when he read Dark Forces in the early s and realised that a horror story collection need not have any narrow themes, consistent tone or restrictions. The stories could range from the humorous to the truly horrific. Eighteen of the stories in the Books of Blood were adapted by Eclipse Books in the comic series Tapping the Vein as well as other titled adaptations.
This is the frame story for the entire Books of Blood series. A psychic researcher, Mary Florescu, has employed a quack medium named Simon McNeal to investigate a haunted house. Alone in an upstairs room, McNeal at first fakes visions, but then the ghosts attack him for real and carve words in his flesh — comprising the rest of the stories as a literal, living "Book of Blood. After New York office worker Leon Kaufman falls asleep on a late-night subway train, he awakens to discover that the next car over has been turned into an abbatoir where other passengers have been butchered.
Kaufman encounters the killer, a man named Mahogany, and kills him in self-defense. The motorman, nonplussed at Mahogany's death, brings the train into a secret station where strange, malformed humanoid creatures board and eat the bodies. It is revealed that the creatures, the "City Fathers", have been the secret rulers of New York for centuries, and show Kaufman an immense being further inside the catacombs. They then pull out Kaufman's tongue to ensure his silence, recruiting him as the new "butcher" devoted to bringing fresh meat to the City Fathers.
A film of the same name was released on 1 August The film differs from the book in a number of ways, most notably with the introduction of additional characters such as Maya, Leon's girlfriend. Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones star in the film. Jack Polo is a gherkin importer who is haunted by a minor demon called the Yattering. The demon is commanded to haunt Jack by Beelzebub , because one of Jack's ancestors reneged on a pact made with the demon lord.
The Yattering is frustrated when its determined efforts to drive Jack insane are answered with good cheer and apparent obliviousness. Unknown to the Yattering, Jack is purposely ignoring the demon in order to simultaneously frustrate it and maintain his own sanity. The Yattering subjects him to increasingly severe torments, including killing his cats and terrorising his family, but these efforts all fail.
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Eventually Jack tricks the Yattering into violating its orders, allowing Jack to take advantage of a loophole and make the Yattering his slave. Unusual for Barker's early work, this story is unabashedly comic. Former policeman Redman starts working in a borstal , where he uncovers a deadly secret involving a boy named Lacey.
Lacey claims that a missing boy named Henessey is not missing, but rather is present in the form of a ghost. As Redman investigates, he finds that things are not what they seem, and that a giant pig in a sty on the grounds is possessed by Henessey's soul. Terry Calloway is directing Twelfth Night in a run-down theatre. Terry relies on the soap opera fame of his leading lady, Diane Duvall, to bring in a big audience; however, this is compromised by his affair with Diane and her poor acting skills.
A mysterious man with an obscured face, Mr. Lichfield, introduces himself and expresses dissatisfaction with Diane's casting as Viola. On the day of the final rehearsal, Lichfield confronts Diane and states that his wife, Constantia, will play the role on opening night. Diane removes Lichfield's mask to reveal him as an animated corpse. Lichfield kisses Diane, and she slips into a coma. Constantia takes over the role of Viola while Diane is put in intensive care. Following her "recovery", Terry realises during sex that Diane is undead , just before she kills him.
The play opens to a packed house. When the house lights are extinguished after the performance, the actors realise that the audience consists entirely of ghosts and decaying corpses. The theatre trustee, newly-dead Tallulah, burns down the theatre. Every living player in the production is killed. Several of the actors and Terry join Mr. Lichfield and Constantia on the road as a repertory company of the undead. In an isolated rural area of Yugoslavia , two entire cities, Popolac and Podujevo, create massive communal creatures by binding together the bodies of their citizens.
Almost forty thousand people walk as the body of a single giant as tall as a skyscraper. This ritual occurs every ten years, but this time things go wrong and the Podujevo giant collapses, killing tens of thousands of citizens horribly. In shock, the entire population of Popolac goes mad and becomes the giant they are strapped into. Popolac wanders the hills aimlessly. By nightfall many of the people who make up the giant die from exhaustion, but the giant continues walking. Mick and Judd, two gay men vacationing in the area, come upon the smashed bodies of the Podujevans in a ravine awash with blood.
A local man tries to steal their car to catch up with Popolac and reason with it before it collapses and destroys the people who compose it. The man explains the truth of the situation to Mick and Judd, but they do not believe his story. They seek shelter at a remote farm, where Popolac blunders into the farmhouse, killing Judd accidentally. Mick and the elderly couple who own the farmhouse are driven mad with fear. Mick wants to join Popolac.
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He climbs up the tower of ropes and bodies, and is carried away as it walks into the hills. A line from this story, "stale incense, old sweat, and lies," appears in the song Sin on the album Pretty Hate Machine by the American industrial band Nine Inch Nails.
Steve, a young university student, becomes acquainted with an older classmate named Quaid, an intellectual who has a morbid fascination with fear. Quaid reveals to Steve that he kidnapped a vegetarian classmate of theirs and imprisoned her in a room with merely a steak for sustenance, only releasing her when she finally overcame her dread of eating meat to prevent starvation ; she eats the meat even though it has spoiled.
Steve becomes Quaid's next candidate for his experiments, held captive in a dark, silent room, forcing him to relive a childhood period of deafness that terrified him. Steve is driven insane by this forced sensory deprivation and eventually escapes. Steve then happens into a homeless shelter where he is mistaken for a drug-addicted vagrant and is given new clothes and shoes, but these don't fit him well.
He is mad, pale with shock, and his lips are red and chapped from dehydration. Later, Steve steals a fire axe from the shelter and breaks into Quaid's home. Quaid's experiments, all along, were to try to help him understand the nature of fear in order to cure his own coulrophobia , but he is ironically butchered by Steven, whose ghastly appearance, ill-fitting clothes, and over-sized shoes have given him the appearance of a clown. This story has been made into a film , with Jackson Rathbone playing Steve. The film's story diverges from the short story and introduces new characters, but retains the same basic concept and story outline.
Every one-hundred years, during an annual London marathon, Satan sends one of his representatives to compete against the unsuspecting human runners. If Satan's minion wins, he gets to rule the Earth. An athlete taking part in the event, Joel, begins to realise the actual stakes of the race when the other runners begin to fall, savaged by some unseen beast. A satanist politician, Gregory, has made a bargain with Hell on the outcome of the race. Joel does not win due to a struggle with Hell's shape-shifting runner, a demonic familiar who bites off his face.
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