Looks like the EU found her very own AOC, but only after making her president of the European Commission.
Meet Ursula von der Leyden. A German Christian Democrat, supposedly conservative.
Some of her proposals:
-Extending the Emissions Trading System to cover the maritime sector, and a tapered reduction of the free allowances to airlines over time. Also to extend this to traffic and construction. (NB: air travel is too cheap now, should be kept away from the proles)
-Add a border carbon tax to avoid carbon leakage, compliant with WTO rules. Also to review the Energy Taxation Directive. (NB: Taxes, taxes, and more taxes. But it is for your own good, you Fascist!)
-Will put forward a plan to become a world leader in circular economy and clean technologies, and to decarbonize energy-intensive industries (NB: Bye bye to cheap, energy intensive products. China very happy)
-Will create a new Just Transition Fund to give tailored support to those who need it, to get there. (NB: More bureaucracy, oh la la)
-Will propose a European Climate Pact that will design and commit to a set of pledges to bring about a change of behaviour from the individual to the largest multinational, as a key part of the just transition. (NB: well, while that change of behaviour does not involve reeducation camps, I suppose we will be fine and dandy...)
-Her new Sustainable Europe Investment Plan will support a trillion euros of climate investment over the next decade. The European Investment Bank dedicates 25% of its total financing to climate investment worldwide. She proposes to at least double this figure by 2025, (NB: We could imagine how this will end)
-Commits to putting forward a comprehensive plan to increase the European Union’s target for 2030 towards 55% in a sustainable way. (NB: current target is a reduction of 40%, she proposes a 55%, the practical effect in the climate will be about the same, but on the economy...)
-Will present a Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. as part of the European Green Deal. It will work with global partners to stop biodiversity loss within the next 5 years. Want Europe to lead the world in the 2020 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, just as we did at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. (NB: animals are soooo cute. Did you see the last Lion King?)
-For farmers, a new “Farm to Fork Strategy” on sustainable food along the whole value chain. (NB: seems food is too cheap in Europe)
-Will put forward a cross-cutting strategy to protect citizen’s health from environmental degradation and pollution, including water quality, hazardous chemicals, industrial emissions, pesticides and endocrine disrupters. (NB: No pesticides, yield reduction in crops, only biological agriculture allowed, expect subsidies to farmers to skyrocket, gone food-grade plastics, welcome, foodborne illnesses)
-A New Circular Economy Action Plan focusing on sustainable resource use, especially in resource-intensive and high-impact sectors such as textiles and construction.
-Wants to tackle micro-plastics
Edited by sunday, 27 August 2019 - 1303 PM.