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Resistance to green policies around Europe

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🗞️ Driving the news: Europe is experiencing increased resistance against climate and environmental protection policies, marking a disruption in its green agenda
• Several nations are witnessing heightened pushback, impacting policies and regulations

🔭 The context: Britain’s delay in imposing bans on new petrol cars and setting targets for domestic heating until 2035 highlights the larger pattern of countries backpedaling or diluting their environmental commitments due to economic and public concerns
• Across Italy, Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands, there is increasing pushback to the green agenda

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The “greenlash” may hinder global efforts to combat climate change and protect the environment
• The hesitancy and rollback in implementing stringent environmental policies can result in prolonged reliance on fossil fuels and delayed transitions to greener alternatives

⏭️ What’s next: Countries involved are likely to reassess their environmental policies amidst the growing opposition, leading to potential recalibrations
• The increasing resistance may impact international collaborations and agreements aimed at tackling climate change

💬 One quote: "Germany will indefinitely halt plans on more stringent building insulation standards," (Robert Habeck, Germany's environment minister)

📈 One stat: In Germany, the disputes over environmental laws have elevated the far-right Alternative for Germany to second place in the polls

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