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The Finns Party says it has left a parliamentary task force appointed to mull over additional measures to combat climate change. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)
The Finns Party says it has left a parliamentary task force appointed to mull over additional measures to combat climate change. (Credit: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva)

 

The Finns Party says it has abandoned the climate task force established last month by all nine parties represented in the Finnish Parliament.

Riikka Purra, a policy advisor for the opposition party, told Uusi Suomi on Monday that other members of the task force have set a variety of ambitious numerical objectives for, among other things, achieving carbon-neutrality in Finland.

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The objectives are based on a statement issued earlier this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC in October stated that severe weather phenomena such as floods, storms, heat-waves and sea-level rise will exacerbate unless countries take rapid action to limit global warming to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels.

Purra pointed out that the objectives discussed by the task force are more ambitious than those adopted by the European Union.

“Finland seems to be willing to authorise continuing coal production in Bulgaria, Germany, Poland and Romania,” she said in a press release. “Adopting objectives that are far too ambitious for Finland but ineffective on a global scale will lead to the very last industries being flagged out from Finland.”

“The outcome will be more unemployment, more Chinese production and more emissions. This is neither climate friendly, nor is it in the best interests of Finland,” argued Purra.

She added that it is “politically easy” to settle for high objectives in terms of percentages.

The Finns Party voiced its concern particularly about the objective for raising the number of electric vehicles and the willingness of other parties to expand emissions reduction targets to also cover building-specific cooling and heating.

“I wonder if the climate task force has the courage to disclose the absurd price tag to taxpayers – citizens, provincial residents, car owners, detached home dwellers? If a new subsidy programme is create to compensate for the costs, where on earth do the hundreds of millions come from,” told Purra.

“I’m puzzled at how the rest of parties are planning on signing off on these,” she added to Uusi Suomi.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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