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Politics, as well as economics, matter when making climate policy

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🗞️ Driving the news: Despite the urgency presented by the escalating climate crisis, there is a marked hesitation in politicians to implement robust climate policies, often due to the complex interplay of political and economic factors

🔭 The context: Recently, European Parliament president Roberta Metsola cautioned lawmakers on the balance between ambitious environmental policies and public acceptance of these changes
• The political fear is often rooted in backlash from interest groups, especially when the immediate costs of green policies are evident, while benefits are long-term

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: For the planet's survival, net-zero goals are crucial
• However, the necessary economic and social shifts, like transitioning from fuel cars and traditional heating, face increasing opposition

⏭️ What's next: Effective climate policy requires acknowledging governmental concerns over public support and carefully balancing regulations with market-based solutions such as emission taxes
• Additionally, it's essential to support the economically vulnerable and strategically time policy introductions in alignment with electoral cycles to mitigate political risks

💬 One quote: "Economists need to take account of social and political dimensions in their recommendations, even if that comes at some small cost to economic efficiency." (Jonathan Ostry, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Georgetown University)

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