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“Green Deal” Faces Reckoning in Europe

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024
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With the European Union elections just over one month away, liberals in the European Parliament are facing a major backlash over their “Green Deal” platform that could hand conservatives – led by farmers and agricultural workers – major gains.

According to The Guardian, Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts, co-leader of the Greens, is now warning that the Green Deal is at “very high” risk of being killed off as liberals face poor poll numbers in the lead-up to election day. “The likelihood of [the right] killing the Green Deal is very high,” he said. “I mean, they make no mystery that after winning the ideological battle on asylum and migration their next target is the European Green Deal, and what they call the ‘woke’ economy.”

While this news has incited panic on the left, it has been cause for celebration among European conservatives, who have long been ignored and silenced by the liberal parties that have dominated Europe for decades.

It is even more encouraging for farmers, who have in recent months staged fervent protests throughout Europe in opposition to Green Deal policies. Throughout the continent, farmers have used tractors to block roadways and demonstrated outside government buildings.

Recognizing the perilous electoral situation they now find themselves in, E.U. liberals tried to rush the Green-Deal through just before Easter, but could not find enough votes to pass the bill.

Retired Professor Augustus Friedrich von Vormelker, who lectured at Austrian and German universities and advised German President Richard von Weizsäcker, called that failed vote “devastating” for proponents of the Green Deal. “These politicians now have nothing to put into their campaign-ads,” he said.

The passion and urgency of the anti-Green Deal protests is easy to understand. Economist Dr. Etienne Chastain, who formerly advised Eurosceptic French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua and French conservatives, told me that the Green Deal would be “hell on earth for farmers.”

“If the EU Parliament voted for it, Brussels would run every European farmstead,” he told me. Most small family farms would become economically unviable overnight, threatening both the European economy and food security on the continent.

Even short of new laws, the burdens on European farmers are already enormous. Existing regulations have already production costs to the point where farmers are in need of financial assistance. Without government subsidies, farmers find it impossible to comply with the existing climate regulations. But to be eligible for the subsidies, they have to submit an agricultural calendar to Brussels, detailing when they intend to sow seeds, fertilize crops, and harvest their produce.

“If by mistake a farmer chooses a windy day, he would be fined or even lose the entire subsidy for planting on another day” one German farmer told a local news station during a protest in February. “The bureaucrat will always turn a mistake or accident into a crime to punish a farmer.”

The E.U. also adopted its so-called “Farm2Fork” strategy in May 2020 which called for a 20 percent reduction in fertilizer and 50 percent reduction in pesticide use by 2030, along with entirely removing 10 percent of existing farmland from agricultural use. Those policies alone are expected to reduce European agricultural yields by 12 percent over the next decade.

As a result, Europe will be forced to import more food from Latin America and other European nations outside the E.U. – handing even more power, money, and influence to the globalist politicians and business leaders who pushed for the change in the first place. Meanwhile, family farms will suddenly be unable to turn a profit.

The Green Deal policies would expand Farm2Fork and add even more regulations and restrictions on farming practices. As one farmer who owns small farms in Germany told Paris Radio Nova, the Green Deal’s chapter on agriculture contains absurdities that “make farming ridiculous, expensive, and ineffective.”

One such policy he pointed to is a new requirement that transporting even one animal more than 30 miles only be done using a vehicle offered by a company certified by the E.U. for that purpose. This policy, he said, would only increase costs for the consumer.

Another example is a regulation that farmers must mix any manure laid on soil into that soil within 12 hours. To ensure compliance, farmers must use a special smartphone app to photograph the manure before and after mixing – a process that took several hours during tests of the app because the website became backlogged or disconnected.

The Green Deal has four main goals—“reimagining” land ownership, reducing the amount of land available for farming, dramatically reducing the number of livestock, and restricting water rights for farms. According to some estimates, Europe’s livestock population would have to be reduced by 10 to 15 percent to comply with new emissions standards.

The proposal would also effectively force sales of private property due to noncompliance with onerous new requirements on the “decarbonization” of buildings. Any structures that don’t meet the new codes must be rebuilt with “green-friendly materials.” Property owners who don’t comply will face fines.

Inevitably, few farmers already struggling to make ends meet will be able to afford the expensive updates and will be forced out of farms that have been in their family for in many cases generations.

“In other words, the E.U. deprives these families of their property, often the family’s heritage,” said Professor von Vormelker. “Wild nature would replace it, at least in the imagination of these insane bureaucrats. How bizarre!” he added.

Thankfully for Europe’s small farms, E.U. liberals have already backtracked on some of the more extreme proposals and are now facing a dire situation in the polls heading into the elections next month.

However, as professor von Vormelker warned, the left is unlikely to give up on their vision of a “Green Revolution” – whether in Europe or elsewhere. In the United States, he told me, the same Green Deal concepts are “heavily promoted” by far-left climate groups, including the so-called “Union of Concerned Scientists.”

According to its website, the Union of Concerned Scientists was established five decades ago at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and comprises 250 academics. The group calls for “sustainable agriculture,” which encourages all aspects of the Fork2Farm program, including water supply control and so-called carbon management on farms.

Dr Chastain emphasized that, like Brussels, the Union of Concerned Scientists describes these interventions with the same word, “agroecology,” adding that he thinks “this ordeal is just around the corner” in America.

“As we feared in the 1990s, Brussels, not local governments and parliaments, decides on issues most crucial for Europeans,” he stated. Whether farmers and conservatives emerge victorious this June or not, Americans should pay close attention to what’s happening in Europe, lest they face a similar crisis of their own at home.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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Kaiju
Kaiju
1 month ago

It’s not a “Green Deal”. It’s the Marxist “carrot” being dangled before the brainwashed/indoctrinated youth. Applaud and strenuously support these brave anti-Marxists standing up and screaming “no way”, then follow their example here in the USA.

PaulE
PaulE
1 month ago

Gee, why wouldn’t the average European voter, after nearly two decades of so-called “green policies” being rammed down their throats in pursuit of a false narrative currently called climate change NOT be thrilled by the cost of their food, electricity, housing, and everything else rising by a factor of between 3X and 7X over that timeframe? All while their economies have been artificially depressed and the value of the Euro has taken a beating due to the government induced inflation that has followed. Mmmm. This is a tough one…NOT!!! The average European voter, after nearly two decades of being told this forced march to “save the planet” (that’s the pretext being used to avoid any real discussion on the validity of the subject) has yielded only negative consequences in terms of economic impact and societal decay.

So yeah, I guess the average European voters are NOT thrilled with the political leadership of the EU still droning on and on about the need to endure more pain, for an indefinite period of decades to come, all in the quest to solve an imaginary problem that entails no upside for them. Go figure huh? Being told by your government that you have to endure more pain and cost until you are bled dry, with no upside even on the long-term horizon, tends NOT to be something voters still able to think for themselves are willing to embrace indefinitely.

The upside of climate change for the politicians pushing it is obvious. More power and control over the masses, as the politicians enrich themselves in the process. Somehow that is NOT an upside the average politician anywhere would be sharing with their voter base.

By the way, the United States is racing as fast as it can, under Democrat and RINO leadership, to catch up to the Europeans in terms of so-called climate change policies so we can enjoy the identically ruinous economic and social fallout that has befallen Europe. If you think things are expensive now after the damage Team Biden has inflected on the country after just 3 1/2 years, you haven’t seen anything yet. Things in this country are still way cheaper than in Europe by a factor of 2X or 3X for things most people rely on. Remember, the insanely named IRA and other so-called climate regulations to date are just the opening act in a very expensive and ruinous transformation of nation. We should be smart enough to look at what our future here would be if we continue to adopt the same bad policies and regulations as Europe regarding climate change and then do everything, we can do to avoid that future. However, for whatever reason, people show no interest in looking beyond what is directly in front of them until it is too late. Fun times ahead for everyone, I guess.

Lover of God and America!
Lover of God and America!
1 month ago

EUROPEANS AND AMERICANS! KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST THE GREEN DEAL!

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

When the proponents of and fighters for green and healthy mother earth start leading by example and living by the rules they force on everyone else I will believe they are honest and not a thieving lying hypocrites using the opportunity to milk a taxpayer dry

Helen
Helen
1 month ago

I am so glad to read this news. It looks like there is going to be a big turn around and I hope it doesn’t stop with Europe.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 month ago

The “Green Deal” is nothing but a SCAM based on LIES. They still haven’t told the public that it takes Diesel Powered Generators to run their Wind Turbines that constantly break down and kill untold numbers of Wildlife including DESTROYING property and FARMING.
Their “Green Deal “ also does NOT mention that you will NOT have any power for Emergencies or during Winter or Summer.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

Maby people are now catching on ,the Green Deal ,aint no pie in the sky . Politicians has lied to them once to often. Kyle L.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

The Green Spew deal needs to face a reckoning (better yet, complete annihilation) in the US, and FAST.

uncleferd
uncleferd
1 month ago

Everybody with any energy savvy has known for many years that the intermittent, “renewable” power platforms (wind and solar) are not favorable for utility-scale power under almost every circumstance. Their intermittence is even more costly when extension to power grids is included in the estimates (though this has often not been published).
Regardless, this “Green New Deal” does seem to work for the developers who get the production tax credit and the enormous, early deductions. Of course, it’s also a pretty good vehicle for greasing the palms of all the Democrat politicians who support it… in lieu of supporting more viable and permanent means of power generation…

ROBIN
ROBIN
1 month ago

AMERICANS! KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST THE GREEN DEAL!

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

Sadly way too many people NEED to suffer from this nonsense up front and personal before they understand. Nothing you and I can say or do to convince them otherwise. Key to moving it along faster is to sit back and watch them suffer, say nothing, let them figure it out. Stop bailing these people out of their cesspool.

Granny
Granny
29 days ago

I’m a bit confused. Is the European right our left? and Vice versa?

zoe frost
zoe frost
1 month ago

American farmland and food production are already under attack by the commie/globalist thugs! Traitor, evil spawn of satan Gates owns over half a billion acres of farmland, with more purchases on the horizon. There have been over two dozen mystery fires at food production plants. The ChiComs own 380,000 acres of land in the U.S., and own leading pork production, Smithfield. They want us to eat bugs! A starving population is an easily controlled population…traitors are counting on it! Question…are these same traitors behind the latest outbreak of bird flu in cattle? They gave us the Fraudci/Chicom Wuhan lab created multiple virus Covid-19, who’s to say they didn’t create this abomination, too? People in the know are holding their breath, is traitor’s next plandemic going to hit before the Nov. 5 election, or will they wait until good overcomes evil? Because, if America FIRST Trump voters overwhelm the D traitor cheating, America LAST JoeBama traitors will be ousted, thwarting the “fundamental transformation” totalitarian takeover, and dashing the hopes for their utopia…for 4 years (like the last Trump presidency reprieve from tyranny).

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

So why did we break off from Great Britain almost 250 years ago for? So we can be like Europe!

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