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Thursday, 24 June 2021 - Brussels Revised edition

European Climate Law (continuation of debate)

  Mick Wallace (The Left). – Madam President, 55% emissions, net. The Parliament asked for a 60% reduction target for 2030. After the negotiations with the Council, we’ve gone down to a 55% target, but it’s not even a 55% absolute reduction target, it’s a net target. We’ve gone and created a new accounting trick to make it sound like we’re doing our bit, but the truth is, it’s a farce designed to confuse. Does the EU give a damn about the Paris Agreement, which is supposed to be based on principles of equity? Where is the fairness?

The EU’s GDP is over EUR 13 trillion. We have been fleecing the Global South now for centuries and now we have a 2030 climate target that’s not even close to our fair share of the responsibility for climate catastrophe. In fact, this Climate Law lets us continue eating into the planetary space of the Global South and lets us forget how much of it we have already stolen from them. I’m voting against.

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