The UDC fails to delay the establishment of climate targets

The Glacier Initiative Counter-Project took a first step at the National on Tuesday. MEPs have rejected several attacks by the UDC, aimed at preventing or delaying the establishment of climate targets. Debates continue.

The popular initiative has already made a lot of headlines. The associations behind the text organized excursions to the mountains to denounce the disappearance of the white giants. Flags and stickers also bloom on balconies or Swiss bicycles.

Interim targets for 2040

The goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 demanded by initiators is little disputed. This is the way to get there, especially the ban on fossil fuels (oil, gas, gasoline or diesel), which divides.

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The National does not want to go that far. In March, he narrowly rejected the initiative in favor of the Federal Council’s direct counter-project, giving his committee sufficient time to develop its own counter-project. Indirectly, it has the advantage of setting concrete goals directly in the law and thus speeding up the legislative process.

By 2050, the construction and transportation sectors will no longer have to emit CO2, and the industry will have to reduce its emissions by 90%. The remaining emissions will have to be offset. An intermediate target is also set: Switzerland will have to reduce its emissions by 75% compared to 1990 by 2040. Several incentive instruments are being considered.

“Law for frozen water”

Only the UDC opposed the text. Laws should not be made “for frozen water, but for people,” criticized Michael Graber (UDC / VS). The population rejected the CO2 law a year ago, the objectives of which are almost identical to the counter-project. “She doesn’t want sectoral goals or intermediate goals.”

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Accepting the counter-project would be undemocratic. It would go beyond the will of the sovereign, continued the Valaisan, who also considers the counter-project unnecessary to save the glaciers. “Glaciers are not even mentioned in the text.”

For Pierre-André Page (UDC / FR), we need to move forward, but not as the indirect counter-project advocates. “The proposed targets and measures are disproportionate and unacceptable in terms of spending. It would cost the citizens billions. ”

Businesses and citizens are already working in this direction, added the Friborg resident. For example, they are changing their fossil installations for heat pumps. But stocks are not enough and manpower is running low. “Let them replace the facilities at their own pace,” without imposing strict goals.

Disaster in sight

“The indirect counter-project is not perfect. But it puts Switzerland on the right track, ”said Delphine Klopfenstein Broggini (Green / GE). “The IPCC comes out report after report, and its findings are chilling. If we do not reverse the trend, we will go straight to disaster. ”

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“We are in an unprecedented climate crisis, which we have caused ourselves,” said Ursula Schneider Schüttel (PS / FR). There is a direct link between global warming and an increase in extreme events, such as heat waves, droughts or extreme rainfall.

“It simply came to our notice then. Half measures are no longer possible, ”continued Friborg. “We have to take responsibility for our children,” said Celine Weber (PVL / VD). “We have no right to fail. Let’s not take the risk of having to pull out photo albums to show our kids what a glacier was. ”

“Problems don’t go away when you close your eyes,” said Priska Wismer-Felder (C / LU). “It’s time to dump her and move on.” We must not wait for them to get worse. ” The indirect counter-project is the right solution, and the fastest, to solve one of the most pressing problems of the time. Matthias Samuel Jauslin (PLR / AG) also welcomed the pragmatic text, which sets out concrete measures. And to call on his colleagues to move forward by accepting it.

Scope of objectives discussed

In the end, the National entered the matter by 135 votes to 52. It then rejected, by 138 votes to 52, a request by Thomas Aeschi (UDC / ZG) to refer the draft to the Preparatory Committee for consultation. conducted.

“A consultation would not provide any new information. The position of the media concerned is already known, as several consultations have been held on the subject, “Roger Nordmann (PS / VD) told the committee.

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Discussions should now focus on the scope of the objectives. The UDC has tabled several minorities to keep them to a minimum, while the left wants them to be more ambitious.

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