Climate referendum: Swiss reject higher carbon taxes

Posted: June 14, 2021 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, government, Taxpayer
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Credit: myswitzerland.com

Democratic accountability can be a menace to climate obsessives. Suppressing and ignoring widespread disagreeable — to them — views is more their style. Looking at you, G7 leaders.
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Swiss voters have rejected legislation at the heart of the country’s strategy to abide by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, reports Swiss Info (via The GWPF).

The CO2 law was turned down on Sunday by 51.6% of voters. The negative outcome represents a major upset in the tiny nation that is disproportionately affected by climate change [Talkshop comment – says who?].

Switzerland’s temperatures are rising at about twice the pace of the global average [Talkshop comment – says who?] and its Alpine glaciers risk disappearing by the end of the century [Talkshop comment – empty waffle].

Opinion polls as recently as May suggested the CO2 law had strong popular support.

What is clear is that the “no” camp gained significant ground in recent weeks, particularly in rural regions. Urban cantons including Basel, Zurich and Geneva voted in favour of the bill. But 21 of the 26 Swiss cantons opted for a no vote.

The financial arguments put forward by opponents of the law are credited with tipping the balance in a period of crisis marked by the coronavirus.

The emotional debate over anti-pesticide initiatives also overshadowed the issue of climate urgency.

The cost of change

In line with the Paris accord, Switzerland aims to be climate neutral by 2050. But how to best achieve that has been hotly debated.

As a first step, the country’s CO2 law was revamped in a bid to reduce the Alpine nation’s greenhouse emissions to 50% of 1990 levels by 2030.

Without it, Switzerland’s chances of meeting such goals are in doubt.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. erl happ says:

    Excellent news. Perhaps the Swiss know the value of money.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Getting the Swiss to obsess about overheating or rising sea levels was always going to be tough 😆

  3. MrGrimNasty says:

    Scary close in raw % terms though (like Brexit) – these great victories for common sense are now so marginal.

    Only a handful of minds need to be turned, can they bring it back for another attempt at passing?

    It was interesting that a clear majority did not want farmers banned from using pesticides etc., I suppose the propaganda in that respect although great, has not been anywhere near as massive and all pervasive in the media as the great climate lie.

  4. pochas94 says:

    The more drummed up scares are foisted on them in the name of “science” the smarter people get. Especially if they are already smart.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    I’m still waiting for an ice free arctic and kids in Europe and America who don’t know what snow is (I live in Minnesnowta). I also think Large portions of Florida are supposed to be under water along with much of Long Island and The Battery in NYC.

    Last couple of years our summers were very cold. This year we are getting fried. So then, weather/climate is normal with el Nino/la Nina cycles coming and going like they always have. Duh.

    My suggestion to our Swiss friends and all the other little countries the size of Rhode Island to do the math of your Satanic Gases output versus the world output and then think about just how much the climate would change if your country just disappeared entirely, e.g. not much at all. So just stop listening to the great climate scam.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    If Switzerland’s temperatures are increasing at twice the global average whose are rising at below the global average?

    And how is that possible? Why would Switzerland be getting so much warmer?

  7. oldbrew says:

    Phoenix – the general rule seems to be that everywhere is warming twice as fast as everywhere else 😎

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