‘Alarmism is no solution for climate issue’
Following the almost 2.000 cities worldwide, the European Parliament has proclaimed “a state of emergency related to the climate and the environment” on Thursday. Just a few days before the beginning of the climate conference in Madrid, the European members of Parliament ask for urgent and concrete measures to tackle the threat before it’s too late.
A considerable part of the fraction, however, voted against, and also, the European Conservatives and Reformers noted that “sounding the alarm is no solution to tackle emission-related issues worldwide”.
Three MP of N-VA voted against the resolution. “It’s a symbolic action that won’t change anything in the real world,” they said. They admitted the situation is urgent, though.
The initiator, Pascal Canfin (Renew), called the resolution “a strong message for citizens and the rest of the world”, but he also suffered from ‘collateral damage’ because the ECR fraction again insisted on dropping Straatsburg as the seat of the European Parliament.
If there really is a state of emergency, then why has the EP to move twelve times a year from Brussels to Straatsburg? According to the calculations, those movements represent between 11.000 and 19.000 tons of CO2 and a cost of 114 million euros. But no French president can allow to give up the seat in Straatsburg because it is stipulated in the conventions, and a consensus is needed to change them.
The German MP, Nico Semstrott, earlier proposed a suggestion for the conflict. None of the agreements mentions explicitly that the EP has to gather in the city of Straatsburg. According to Semstrott, it would be enough to rename the meeting room in Brussels ‘Straatsburg’.
In their own resolution, the extreme right fraction, Identity and Democracy (ID), wrote that “the contribution of human activity is not yet measured accurately”. The declaration of an emergency situation “threatens to create a regrettable conflict between the generations”, according to ID.