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Prusek, Tomasz


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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 14/08/2015

Investment needed in Poland's power grid

Due to a lack of water for cooling the power stations brought on by the heatwave, Poland's energy suppliers on Wednesday announced further reductions to electricity supplies. Let this be a warning, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza admonishes: "If no investments are forthcoming we will once again run short of electricity this winter or next summer - when we need it the most. We're now paying for the fact that the [centre-left] PO-PSL government [2007-2011] - as well as a string of other governments after 1989 - took no action on this front. Only in recent years have serious discussions focussed on the construction of large, modern power stations in [the Polish cities of] Kozienice and Opole. Only then did politicians grasp that the 30 year-old, technically obsolete and highly toxic facilities could not guarantee the country's energy supply. ... But no economy can develop without a stable supply of electricity."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 19/11/2013

Poland can't afford to give up coal

Greenpeace activists demonstrated on Monday against Poland's coal-based energy policy as the Climate Change Conference continues in Warsaw. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza defends this policy: "You'd think Poland and its coal was the biggest problem global climate protection faces, not China and India, which are spewing far more poison into the environment. Taken together, these two countries and the US are responsible for around 50 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. And there are important reasons for Poland not wanting to renounce coal: we are a country that is in the midst of development and needs cheap energy. ... We lack the resources to straighten out rivers and build hydroelectric power plants on a large scale. It would be economic suicide for us to give up coal now."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 19/05/2011

Poland miscalculates on privatisation

Poland has surprisingly sold fewer shares than planned to the financial institute BGZ, in which the Dutch credit institute Rabobank has a majority stake. In the eyes of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza Poland's Treasury Ministry should admit that it miscalculated: "According to the Ministry, the shares couldn't be sold because the BGZ, managed by the Rabobank, lacked a credible business strategy. And also the markets had expected a considerable improvement in the financial results. This would boil down to all the shareholders having been naïve and unaware of what they were buying. ... And that in turn would mean that the Treasury Ministry knew exactly what it was selling - but didn't let on and therefore misled the buyers. ... Anyone can make a mistake in the world of business, but at least they should also be prepared to admit it."

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