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EU climate plan dead on arrival as Hungary announces it will veto it

July 17, 2021

By Paul Homewood




Every industry will be forced to accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels in order to cut pollution by at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030. To achieve that, the bloc will bring new industries such as shipping into what’s already the world’s largest carbon market; ban new combustion-engine cars by 2035; impose new costs on dirty home heating; and force the aviation industry to emit less and pay more.

As the bloc seeks to position itself as a global leader on climate — without damaging its own industry — it also set out a blueprint for a levy on imports such as steel and aluminum from nations with softer environmental rules. That risks stoking trade tensions, with Russia, China and the U.S. in the EU’s sights.

There are already signs of discontent, from both EU members and industry.

“Nothing we presented today is going to be easy. It’s going to be bloody hard,” European Commission climate chief Frans Timmermans said. But he said the “existential threat which is the climate crisis” called for radical steps. He expects measures on transport, cars and home heating to cause the most complaints.

In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government — already embroiled in a standoff with Brussels over an LGBTQ crackdown — flatly rejected the plan, saying it threatened to undo its signature utility price cuts.

“The European Commission’s choice of tools is untenable and unacceptable because it would lead to taxes on real estate and cars instead of making polluters pay,” Cabinet Minister Gergely Gulyas told reporters in Budapest on Thursday. “This would also destroy the results of utility price-cuts. Therefore, this proposal is unacceptable for Hungary in its current shape, and since unanimity is required the EU can’t implement this proposal.”

  1. July 17, 2021 4:53 pm

    Translation: Urban wants his palm greasing.
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    O/T: Green alternatives to gas boilers to cost £12bn more than Government planned

    New analysis shows that Downing Street has vastly underestimated the scale of home retrofits needed to reach its net zero targets

    • July 17, 2021 5:20 pm

      Oldbrew, CO2 is not “pollution.”

      The scientific evidence is compelling that manmade climate change is modest and benign, and CO2 emissions are net-beneficial, rather than harmful.

      Here are some relevant papers:

      If you want to understand a highly politicized issue like climate change, you need balanced information. Here’s a list of resources which can help:

      It has:
      ● accurate introductory climatology info
      ● in-depth science from BOTH skeptics & alarmists
      ● links to balanced debates between experts on BOTH sides
      ● info about climate impacts
      ● links to best blogs on BOTH sides

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 17, 2021 10:18 pm

      OB. I work on the principle that government can’t do projects. How long have they been trying to ‘persuade’ users to switch to Smart Meters? And at what cost?
      And they think they have a plan to convert the entire UK GCH population to GSH/ASH pumps – at THEIR expense – within 15 years?
      Remind me, Minister, how long have smart meters been rolling out?
      And they call this Democracy??!!,

  2. Graeme No.3 permalink
    July 17, 2021 5:04 pm

    “but manufacturers say they will be able to halve costs within 18 months” and who were these manufacturers?
    There is no great technological advance foreseeable, after 100 years of improvements. I would say this was from the Sales Dept. or, more probably, the Advertising section, certainly not from the Engineering Dept. Unless they mean to shut any local manufacturing down and ‘rely’ on cheap Chinese units.

  3. Eddy Barrows permalink
    July 17, 2021 5:17 pm

    Let us all pray that Victor Urban sticks to his guns and vetoes the EU’s fanatical nonsense,if he succeeds he will have unwittingly done the whole world a favour
    I wonder whether Boris has thought about the consequences for his majority when the retired worker just about coping financially in his terraced cottage, realises that he will have to scrap his gas or oil fired boiler,renew all his existing radiators and pipework,put in more insulation and pay an eye watering amount of money to install a heat pump of very questionable efficiency.All this of course after having already shelled out most of his life savings on an electric car.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      July 17, 2021 5:31 pm

      “I wonder whether Boris has thought……..” Enough said!

  4. Ray Sanders permalink
    July 17, 2021 5:28 pm

    Dave are you being ironic? Oldbrew does know rather a lot about this subject.

  5. July 17, 2021 5:32 pm

    I hope Viktor Orban can trust his personal security detail and has a food tester.

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