Morning newspapers – 13 September 2007

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'Internet is destroying the climate,' is the headline in Spits today, above an article that leads with the statement that the CO2 emission from the IT industry and internet is almost as great as that from all the air travel in the world. This has emerged from research by consultancy bureau Gartner. IT companies should change over to sustainable energy, says Damian Schmidt, director of German company Strato. He says a single search on Google uses as much energy as burning a low-energy light bulb for an hour

'Internet is destroying the climate,' is the headline in Spits today, above an article that leads with the statement that the CO2 emission from the IT industry and internet is almost as great as that from all the air travel in the world. This has emerged from research by consultancy bureau Gartner. IT companies should change over to sustainable energy, says Damian Schmidt, director of German company Strato. He says a single search on Google uses as much energy as burning a low-energy light bulb for an hour.

The issue of the elected mayorship has "disappeared for good from the political stage." Home Affairs Minister Guusje Ter Horst said this at the Mayor's Lecture in The Hague. The AD and the Volkskrant reported on the event. All the proposed bills for introducing elected mayors have been withdrawn by the cabinet. Ter Horst, herself a former mayor of Nijmegen, supported the plan for elected mayors in the past. But the current system, in which a committee from the municipal council nominates a candidate which must be approved by the minister, is democratic enough, she says.

There is little interest in Utrecht for the referendum on who should be the new mayor of the city. The responses to the municipal campaign have been lukewarm, the Volkskrant reports. The committee that is selecting the candidates has come under fire. "The procedure leaves a bad taste in my mouth," says one of the rejected candidates, Steef Schinkel. "It is being settled among the big political parties behind the scenes. We shouldn't waste our money on this kind of fake referendum."

Four prominent Labour PvdA members oppose Jan Pronk's bid to chair the party, the Volkskrant reports. Former chairman Ruud Vreeman expects that Pronk will put the coalition in danger, "including the coalition accord, which we should be proud of." If Pronk becomes chairman, "we will enter a period of permanent division in the party," says Vreeman. Senator Klaas de Vries and former faction leader in Parliament Thijs Wöltgens voiced criticism of Pronk earlier. Education Minister Ronald Plasterk says in the magazine Hollands Diep that Pronk does not have the ambition of strengthening the party.

Rita Verdonk on the other hand says she would be thrilled if Pronk were appointed PvdA chairman, the AD reports. The VVD politician predicts that PvdA leader Bos will have an "extremely difficult time" if Pronk is chairman. "It could ultimately even lead to the fall of this government." Verdonk made these statements during a meeting in Utrecht. The Telegraaf opens with criticism from Verdonk for the political direction the VVD has taken. "The VVD has become invisible in the immigration debate," Verdonk reportedly said.

The Dutch are "happy once again," (Volkskrant) and are "in good spirits" (Trouw). Both newspapers give front page coverage to the positive analysis from the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP). But the Netherlands is still not paradise, says adjunct director of the SCP Rob Bijl. "There is still friction in the Netherlands," the Volkskrant quotes him as saying, in reference to problems between ethnic groups. And that feeling of contentment can disappear overnight, Bijl warns in Trouw. "We live in a much more emotionally turbulent society. Suddenly people feel that the whole country is going to the dogs. The swings of emotion were less severe in the past. The Netherlands has lost its level-headedness."
 
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