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‘No alternative’: EU climate chief urges MEPs not to use crisis as political tool

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🗞️ Driving the news: EU Climate Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra emphasizes the necessity of advancing climate action and not politicizing the issue in the upcoming EU elections
• He advocates for policies that not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also support economic growth and adaptation to climate impacts

🔭 The context: Amidst rising right-wing opposition and social unrest against climate policies in Europe, Hoekstra stresses the importance of continued climate action irrespective of political changes
• He highlights the significant public support for climate initiatives and the economic and geopolitical need for such actions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Hoekstra's policies aim to prevent carbon leakage and maintain competitiveness by implementing a carbon border adjustment mechanism
• This mechanism is designed to ensure that European companies are not disadvantaged by countries with laxer emissions standards

⏭️ What's next: The EU is set to enhance its climate actions with a focus on economic stability, adaptation to extreme weather, and ensuring a just transition to a low-carbon economy
• These steps are critical as Europe prepares for new leadership and continued global environmental challenges

💬 One quote: "There is no alternative than to continue with climate action. We need to continue in the direction of travel we have set. We need to speed up our pace" (Wopke Hoekstra, EU Climate Commissioner)

📈 One stat: 80% of EU citizens articulate that they have significant worries about what is happening to our climate

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