Climate referendum: Swiss reject higher carbon taxes



Democratic accountability can be a menace to climate obsessives. Suppressing and ignoring widespread disagreeable — to them — views is more their style. Looking at you, G7 leaders.
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Swiss voters have rejected legislation at the heart of the country’s strategy to abide by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, reports Swiss Info (via The GWPF).

The CO2 law was turned down on Sunday by 51.6% of voters. The negative outcome represents a major upset in the tiny nation that is disproportionately affected by climate change [Talkshop comment – says who?].

Switzerland’s temperatures are rising at about twice the pace of the global average [Talkshop comment – says who?] and its Alpine glaciers risk disappearing by the end of the century [Talkshop comment – empty waffle].

Opinion polls as recently as May suggested the CO2 law had strong popular support.

What is clear is that the “no” camp gained significant ground in recent weeks, particularly in rural regions. Urban cantons including Basel, Zurich and Geneva voted in favour of the bill. But 21 of the 26 Swiss cantons opted for a no vote.

The financial arguments put forward by opponents of the law are credited with tipping the balance in a period of crisis marked by the coronavirus.

The emotional debate over anti-pesticide initiatives also overshadowed the issue of climate urgency.

The cost of change

In line with the Paris accord, Switzerland aims to be climate neutral by 2050. But how to best achieve that has been hotly debated.

As a first step, the country’s CO2 law was revamped in a bid to reduce the Alpine nation’s greenhouse emissions to 50% of 1990 levels by 2030.

Without it, Switzerland’s chances of meeting such goals are in doubt.

Full report here.

via Tallbloke’s Talkshop

June 14, 2021 at 03:24AM

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