The EU’s “Green Deal” Going Down in Defeat
The EU’s insane anti-pesticide and decarbonization policies are being defeated, which is a good thing. However, as the next UN climate conference is about to open in Dubai, the myth of man-made climate change has not yet been challenged as it should be.
Two pillars of Ursula von der Leyen’s Green Transition, the pesticide and packaging waste bills, were killed by the European Parliament on Nov. 22. More than a miracle would be needed for the Commission to come up with new bills to replace them, before its mandate expires.
- The regulation aimed at reducing by half the use of pesticides by 2030, was totally rejected, a result welcomed by the EU farmers’ association COPA-COGECA. In a statement posted on its website, the association writes that “MEPs sent a decisive message: the lack of dialogue, the imposition of objectives from above, the refusal to assess the impact and the lack of funding for agricultural proposals must end now.”
- The packaging regulation, aimed at banning non “reusable” packages, was watered down, with the new text putting the goal at cutting the amount of plastic packaging in Europe by 10% by 2030, 15% by 2035, and 20% by 2040. More importantly, certain measures, such as bans on unnecessary packaging and reuse targets, were removed. In addition, a new provision allows EU countries to avoid the 2030 reuse targets for a specific packaging type if the recycling rate is over 85%. Some countries, such as Italy, already meet that target.
- “Team Ursula” also suffered a big defeat in the Dutch elections. Former EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, touted as the “brains” of the “Green Deal”, was the main opponent of election winner Geert Wilders. Independent from Wilders’ unsavory ideological views, the defeat of both Timmermans and the incumbent party candidate is just the latest manifestation of voters’ revolt against the globalist, unipolar and “green” paradigm.
Despite such clear signals, the ruling elites are clinging to their failed paradigm. An example of this is the “Action Plan” signed by Italian PM Giorgia Meloni and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Nov. 22 in Berlin. The centerpiece of the plan is the construction of new gas and hydrogen pipelines between Italy and Germany, via Austria and/or Switzerland, and in particular through the Central-South Corridor, connecting to North Africa. The idea of having Africans produce hydrogen with solar panels to be exported to the EU is a failing proposition, both because of the costs of hydrogen and because African countries won’t fall again for such neocolonialist schemes. Furthermore, the Europeans must know that their pipelines can be bombed by their allies…