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A CGT Appeal on Energy

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Just as air and water are essential for all aspects of life, so is energy. This is universally acknowledged. That is why energy should be a fundamental right for everyone - the right to have adequate sources of energy throughout one's life. This also involves a duty of guarantee enough high quality energy for future generations using the most effective techniques for controlling effects on the environment.

But, what, in fact, is the situation regarding this right in the world in relation to Human development after three decades of deregulation, which has been more or less rapid and total, but dominant everywhere? Have energy developments accompanied demographic, migratory, health, food cultural and environmental developments in a positive way? Have they helped co-operation? Have they helped to reduce poverty, injustice, inequality and conflicts and wars, of which they are often a major cause?

In relation to all these contemporary concerns, every international statistical indicator shows that the right to energy - and its dynamic indicator shows that the right to energy- and its dynamic effect on development - has not made progress.

In the year 2000, when humanity knows that it has sufficient knowledge and technology to meet essential needs, life in more than a hundred countries is worse than thirty years ago. Two billion people still only have firewood as their only source of energy. Disparities, injustice, inequality between rich and poor countries, and within each country have become considerable worse. Development of some can no longer guarantee the development of all, even though it was uneven. Peace has gained nothing from it. At the same time, as the introduction of deregulation, it is possible to clearly observe geographically the development of withdrawal on the basis of identity, ethnic and religious fundamentalism and more conflicts and wars.

But, besides available data, a more complete social, economic, political and ethnical appraisal of deregulation has yet to be made. This is the precondition for dealing with existing burning issues, that are real challenges.

In the light of experience, should regulation of energy supply and demand between countries, and at the individual level, be left to the market alone -and, therefore, to multinationals ?

As a democratic expression of peoples, doesn't the role of States remain essential to guarantee general interest, equity, justice and solidarity, especially regarding poor countries, which seem to be condemned by the richest ones to practice irreversible "energy modernization"?

The rule of the market is the obsessive search for quickest possible maximum profits. It leads today to the excessive use of oil, and especially gas, which are humanity's exhaustible patrimony. In order to deal more effectively with foreseeable developments of needs, isn't it.

Time to look together, for new paths, which openly take into account limits of time, that - as far as energy is concerned - are necessarily related to infrastructures, generation, consumption and respect for our planet?

Moreover, no type of energy is able to offer only advantages. Isn't it also time, therefore - outside the dictates of the market- to examine together the multiplicity and complimentarily of sources of energy, that are necessary in order to guarantee both the energy independence of each country and its joint contribution to general equilibrium?

The signatories of this appeal consider that the problems of supply, trade, prices, co-operation, consumption and environment should be considered in an overall, plural and multidisciplinary way. That is why, they invite players of the trade union, labour and political movement and all the players of the world of work and creation to build together a huge initiative in order to :

~ make an appraisal of deregulation from the point of view of human development;

- define alternative proposals that meet real current, visible needs of women and men in the 21 "century.

- contribute to building necessary joint action, in order to prevent the WTO from including Energy in the strictly trade agreement on services and to advance towards international trade standards, that respect human rights and the rights of fraternal and sovereign peoples.

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