Recipes for climate protection

By Christian BlockLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

Many people are concerned about the climate and the environment. We checked what the 13 parties and movements standing in the European elections in Luxembourg have to say.

With nuclear power or without? How should decarbonisation be financed? Should the EU set the bar higher than it did with the Paris climate agreement? There is a lot to say on climate and environmental issues. The fact is: In two recent surveys, this topic area was among the priorities of people interviewed in Luxembourg. In a survey conducted in February 2024 on behalf of the European Parliament, climate change and protection ranked fourth, while in the latest Politmonitor, voters named climate change and the environment among the three issues (alongside inflation and prices, security and defence) that most concerned them at European level.

After last week's look at the proposals of the 13 parties and groupings running in Luxembourg on poverty reduction in particular and social issues in general, this time we look at the programmes for their positions on climate change and energy policy. In the order of the list numbers:

Mir d'Vollek does not believe in man-made climate change

The opposition movement Mir d'Vollek does not believe in man-made climate change and rejects "climate madness". Among other things, it attributes this to the CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere, which, according to encyclopaedia entries, was no higher in the 19th century than it is today. According to Correctiv, this claim is largely false "as there were no precise measurements in 1890". Research can now prove that "the CO₂ concentration back then was less than 300 ppm – and today it is over 440 ppm".

Volt: EU-wide carbon tax

Volt wants to commit to a climate-neutral economy by 2040 and a climate-neutral energy sector by 2035. Subsidies for fossil fuels are to make way for an EU-wide carbon tax. The revenue from this should help those "most affected by the green transition" (similar to the carbon tax in Luxembourg). Simplified authorisations for renewable energy projects or a strategy for green jobs in disadvantaged regions, for example through retraining strategies, are other ideas. Volt also calls for the "promotion of the complete phase-out" of coal combustion by 2030. The movement is more open to nuclear power, even if it imposes conditions in favour of it. Internal flights should be replaced by affordable high-speed trains in the EU. Overall, climate protection and adaptation considerations should be incorporated into all areas of policy-making.

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