Emmanuel Macron swears: “Yes, I have become an environmentalist. I accept it and I have said it several times: I think that the fight against climate change and for biodiversity is central in the political choices that we must make, ”insisted the President of the Republic at the beginning of the week, in an interview with the magazine The Great Continent. A way to make it clear that he does not intend to put aside this ambition, while the emergencies of the moment are more than ever turned towards the health and security crisis.
Nevertheless, five months after having received with great pomp the 150 members of the Citizen’s Climate Convention at the Elysee Palace, and promised that it would take 146 of their 149 proposals, the hour of doubts settled in some of them. With several recent decisions interpreted as so many retreats. Like the reintroduction of neonicotinoid pesticides, acted in early October by the deputies. But also the bitter debate around 5G for which environmentalists were nevertheless asking for a moratorium.
“Absolutely not respectful of the work that has been done!”
Latest episode, last Friday, with the adoption in the National Assembly of the penalty for cars over 1.8 t, while the Convention called for the introduction of a tax for vehicles over 1, 4 t. “Cars that weigh more than 1,400 kg represent 26% of the fleet, those that weigh 1,800 are 2%. We see that in terms of impact and consistency of the project, it is absolutely not respectful of the work that has been done! It’s even a joke ”, storms the director and environmental activist Cyril Dion, also guarantor of the Citizens’ Convention.
He even directly attacks the President of the Republic and his Minister for the Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili: “Let’s be clear, she is losing all her arbitrations against Bercy and Matignon. As for Emmanuel Macron, he seized on the climate issue when he saw that it was becoming a major concern in public opinion… but it was just out of political opportunism, ”he confides.
“The president is not at all disinterested in the subject”
A straightforward judgment – fifteen days after launching an online petition to “save the Climate Convention” which at this stage has collected more than 160,000 signatures – but which is totally rejected at the Elysee Palace. “The president is not at all disinterested in the subject, it’s a bad trial,” returns Macron’s support, which recalls the Climate bill expected in early January, for adoption before the summer, and also the 30 billion planned for ecology as part of the recovery plan. Especially since several initiatives should soon take place to reaffirm the priority of this issue: a new meeting at the Palais with the 150 citizens before Christmas and also, according to our information, an event in preparation to celebrate the five years of the Paris Agreements on the climate.
Around Barbara Pompili, we also defend ourselves against any retreat, quite the contrary. “The history of the penalty on vehicles, Bercy was initially fiercely opposed to it. But she fought for arbitration. As she had already done for the ban on heated terraces or the moratorium on the construction of shopping centers, “insists those around her, arguing that” at least 40% of the measures proposed last July by the Citizens’ Convention will appear in the Climate Bill, around fifty have even already been implemented or are in the process of being implemented ”. Enough to convince? “Few countries in the world go as far as we do on the subject. You will see, this bill will be the most ambitious of the Fifth Republic in terms of ecology. »Appointment is made.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr