Dutch court orders state to slash carbon emissions
Activists welcome decision to order Netherlands to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020.A Dutch court has ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020, after a group of citizens took their government to court.
Climate activists in the packed courtroom clapped and cheered as presiding Judge Hans Hofhuis read the ruling on Wednesday.
“The court orders the state to reduce the overall volume of greenhouse gas emissions in such a way that they are at least 25 percent less in 2020 compared to 1990,” Hofhuis said.
Well if they will get involved with stupidity, politicians well get bums bitten.
“The state must do more to reverse the imminent danger caused by climate change, given also its duty to protect and improve the environment,” the court said.
Effective control of Dutch emissions is “one of the state’s tasks”, it said, adding that the cost of the reductions would not be “unacceptably high”.
So a court knows about costs? Bullshit.
A judge who doesn’t understand Canute or do they, politicians can though do what what they do anyway, ignore it. Nothing words can do to reality.
It remains unclear exactly how the court can enforce its ruling. It has the power to impose fines for failure to carry out its orders, but never uses such powers against the government and Urgenda did not request such a move, said Judge Peter Blok.
Good when competition own goals.
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