For once I agree with something Thunberg said; the European Union’s new Green Deal is a total sham.
Ms Thunberg spoke in Brussels on Wednesday as the EU unveiled a proposed law for reducing carbon emissions.
If passed, the law would make it a legal requirement for the EU to be carbon neutral by 2050.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hailed the law as the “heart of the European Green Deal”.
But 17-year-old Ms Thunberg dismissed the law as “empty words”, accusing the EU of “pretending” to be a leader on climate change.
“When your house is on fire, you don’t wait a few more years to start putting it out. And yet this is what the Commission is proposing today,” Thunberg told the European Parliament’s environment committee.
“Your distant targets will mean nothing if high emissions continue like today, even for just a few more years, because that will use up our remaining carbon budget before we even have the chance to deliver on your 2030 or 2050 goals,” Ms Thunberg said.
The EU has always had a problem translating words into actions. Their 2005 carbon market collapsed, in my opinion because all the member states tried to cheat by issuing too many carbon credits to their own national champions. I believe Greta is right when she says that the EU setting a 2050 climate goal or even a 2030 climate goal is meaningless.
I don’t support Greta, I think a serious attempt to implement her ideas would be a disaster. But I see the funny side of this situation; all those EU hypocrites who hyped the Greta phenomenon, who hoped to use her as a green smokescreen, are currently having a very uncomfortable time.
Let us hope Greta doesn’t experience the remarkably bad luck with traffic accidents which has afflicted a handful of other high profile critics of EU policy.
A few other examples of bad traffic luck.
Note I have no evidence of foul play, other than the nasty incident Nigel Farage suffered.
Hard right Austrian politician and EU critic Jörg Haider died in a car accident in 2008, after stunning establishment parties by repeatedly winning a sizeable fraction of the national vote.
Leading Danish Eurosceptic Ole Krarup suffered a nasty bicycle accident in Strasbourg in 2007, the medical consequences of which led him to resign.
High profile Polish Euroskeptic and cold war resistance hero Filip Adwent died in a car crash in 2005.
Bob Cryer, a leading British Labour Euroskeptic, died in a car crash in 1994.
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Click here to see the EU’s explanation of their new green deal, their ambition to move to a “clean circular economy”.