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How climate policies can drive voters to the far right

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate policies in Europe, particularly those targeting cars, heating, and farming, have spurred backlash from right-wing movements
• Dutch families affected by energy price hikes turned 5-6% more likely to vote for right-wing parties, while similar dynamics have arisen in Germany and Italy due to policies affecting heat pumps and driving

🔭 The context: While Europe's green policies aim to cut carbon emissions and promote renewables, they also directly impact individuals' finances
• Voters across Europe are increasingly supporting right-wing parties in response to perceived economic burdens from climate policies

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This shift threatens to slow down the green transition in Europe, which has been a leader in combating climate change
• A rise in right-wing influence could lead to policy reversals and reduced progress on decarbonization

⏭️ What's next: European elections in June could see a rightward shift, potentially hindering climate goals
• The political shift serves as a warning for the United States, highlighting the importance of balancing climate policies with economic concerns

💬 One quote: "People feel like they are the tip of the spear of the change... they feel like they are being forced to carry the burden of change, and it’s not fair," (Pandora Lefroy, CEO of Project Tempo)

📈 One stat: In Milan, a study showed drivers banned from city centers due to polluting cars lost an average of $4,000 and were more likely to vote for the right-wing Lega party

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