There is a complex new system of carbon levies. There is a climate law that will mandate zero net emissions by 2050. And billions of euros are being sunk into battery plants, petrol cars are set to be phased out, and train lines will be laid down to get us all out of the planes. No one could fault the European Union’s ambition when it comes to fighting climate change. Like governments around the world, it has plans, strategies and targets for every occasion. But on closer inspection, it turns out there is one group that is exempt from the fight to slow down global warming. The very rich. And indeed EU officials themselves. A series of exemptions means they will have to change their lifestyles very little, and far less than the poor and moderately well-off. That is neither fair nor reasonable – and all it will do is create a backlash that makes reducing carbon emissions impossible.
Telegraph 7th Sept 2021 read more »