60,000 Belgians take government to court over alleged climate inaction

Posted: March 16, 2021 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, Emissions, government, Legal
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Cue football stadium quips. We seem to be living in an age of IPCC-generated mass delusion, whipped up by the media, as far as the climate is concerned.
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SOME 60,000 Belgians are suing the government for inaction in the fight against global warming in a case that opened today in a civil court in Brussels, reports thejournal.ie.

Launched in 2015 by the association Klimatzaak (the climate case, in Dutch), the procedure follows a similar one in the Netherlands that led to a ruling against the Dutch government.

The cases attack governments for not respecting the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

In the Belgian case, the accusation alleges that Belgium failed to reduce its overall carbon emissions by “40% or at least 25%” by 2020 compared to 1990 levels, the updated thresholds linked to the Paris pact.

In addition, the association is asking the court to ensure that Belgium complies with the European objectives that are part of the EU’s much vaunted Green Deal.

Announced in 2019, these set a net reduction in emissions of at least 55% by 2030 in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Four authorities have been summoned to appear before the court: Belgium’s federal government and the governments of the country’s three regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels), which also handle the environment.

The plaintiffs accuse them of failing to lead on climate policy “as any normally prudent and diligent public authorities would have done”, their lawyers said.

“Their negligence contributes to the accelerated progression towards dangerous global warming,” they added.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. tallbloke says:

    Not cheap, this CO2 plant food obsession…

    LONDON (Reuters) – Planned investment in clean energy must increase by 30% to a total of $131 trillion by 2050 to avert catastrophic climate change, with the need to massively scale up hydrogen production particularly acute, according to a study here published on Tuesday.

    FILE PHOTO: Power-generating Siemens 2.37 megawatt (MW) wind turbines are seen at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility California, U.S., May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo/File Photo
    In its annual flagship report, the International Renewable Energy Agency underscored the scale and pace of change needed to cap the rise in average global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the 2015 Paris climate accord.

    “The gap between where we are and where we should be is not decreasing but widening,” said Francesco La Camera, director-general of the Abu Dhabi-based organisation, which has more than 160 member states. “We need a drastic acceleration of energy transitions to make a meaningful turnaround.”

    The agency’s “1.5C pathway” set out in the report found that fossil fuel consumption would have to fall by more than 75% by 2050, with oil and coal shrinking more quickly.

    Use of natural gas would have to peak in 2025, although it would be the dominant fossil fuel by mid-century.

    Renewable power capacity will have to expand more than ten-fold by mid-century, accompanied by a 30-fold increase in the electrification of transport, the report found.

    It also foresaw a dramatic increase in the production and use of “green hydrogen” – a zero-carbon fuel made by electrolysis, using power from wind and solar, that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen.

    By 2050, 30% of electricity use will be dedicated to producing green hydrogen and hydrogen and its derivatives, such as e-ammonia and e-methanol, the report said.

    To produce this, global electrolyser capacity will need to expand to almost 5,000 Gigawatts from 0.3 GW today.

    The report said governments could still harness post-pandemic recovery packages, which have so far mostly favoured fossil fuels, to accelerate the transition.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Question for Belgians: where’s the lithium and cobalt for your EVs coming from?

    Check how they’re obtained. Mining for rare earths for EV batteries and wind turbines is not ‘environmentally friendly’.

  3. JB says:

    Verification of Canetti’s mass delusion (Crowds and Power).

    Oppressors in sheep’s garb.

  4. ivan says:

    Another question for the Belgians, where is the electricity coming from to charge all the batteries when the wind doesn’t blow and it is night time?

    It is those questions the brainwashed people never think to ask and the ecoloons never have an answer to. Maybe they should ask the Chinese about their ‘green’ coal fired power stations.

  5. Stuart Brown says:

    A bit closer than the Irish ‘The Journal’ we have L’Echo:
    https://www.lecho.be/economie-politique/belgique/general/58-000-belges-80-arbres-et-une-asbl-en-justice-pour-le-climat/10291197.html

    “The aim is to force the state to act by law. Klimatzaak was formed especially for this trial, with the same objectives as its sister association Urgenda . It was joined by 58,000 signatory Belgians, …. A law firm has even decided to join the cause, on behalf of 80 trees of endangered species.”

    and:

    “Thus 58,000 Belgians, 80 trees and Klimatzaak are asking the court to find that Belgium has not met its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets held in 1990 and completed in 2020. They also ask to the State and the Regions to take measures to achieve, by 2025, a reduction of 48%, or at least 42%, in emissions since 1990 . By 2030, the reduction should be 65%, at least 55%. And by 2050, the net emission of greenhouse gases will have to be zero.

    Since it is also a question of money, Klimatzaak and its supporters are asking to keep the business going until 2025 and 2030, to check whether the objectives will be met. The non-profit organization requests the payment of a fine of 1 million euros per month of delay in reaching the set objectives. All the money obtained will be allocated to the fight against global warming,”

    “The trial is scheduled to last nine days. End of debates on March 26.”

    Was Belgium (well, their government anyway) stupid enough to sign up something like the Climate Change Act? If not, what chance has this case? If it’s not law there is no case to answer surely?

  6. Chaswarnertoo says:

    60,000 sheeple in Belgium.

  7. ivan says:

    A law firm has even decided to join the cause, on behalf of 80 trees of endangered species.

    Did they ask the trees if they wanted a reduction in food? In fact what these idiots are doing is endangering the trees – how stupid can they get?

  8. oldbrew says:

    For a mere £1 billion Belgium could copy Britain…

    Government sets out £1bn plan to cut industrial carbon emissions
    1 hour ago

    The plan proposes a penalty price on carbon emissions to nudge firms towards clean alternatives.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56426928
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    Keep punishing industrial employers — what could possibly go wrong? 🙄

  9. NeilC says:

    If all these people think carbon is a problem (as in Net Zero Carbon) why don’t they stop using everything made from carbon.
    No, vehicles including electric and bicycles,
    NO computers, TV;s, laptops,mobiles and all domestic appliances,
    NO transport for foreign holidays, ships, planes trains, cars, or caravans (just walking or a wooden boat, no forget he boat trees are made from carbon).
    NO medicines.
    NO electric, nuclear, gas, wind or solar energy
    NO transported food (only home grown)

    And that is just for starters.

    When they do the above, I still won’t change my views on climate change. But it would be fun to watch.

  10. Curious George says:

    “The cases attack governments for not respecting the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement.”
    Wasn’t the selling point that the Paris Agreement is strictly voluntary? If there is way to enforce the P.A., it must be ratified by the U.S. Senate, otherwise the U.S. is out.

  11. oldbrew says:

    The phony ‘climate fight’…

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