The moderates will go to the polls with a new climate policy. Nuclear power must be protected, more investment made in electrification, and more mines for mineral extraction allowed.
On Monday, the moderate leader Ulf Kristersson presented a “national reform agenda” for the climate. It consists of nine parts that the party meeting will decide on in October.
The Moderates (M) criticize the red-green government for pursuing an effective climate policy that risks missing the climate goals. Sweden’s goal is “net zero” emissions by 2045.
However, M has not calculated for itself how much their climate policy can reduce emissions.
– It is difficult to calculate in advance, but everything we now propose provides powerful conditions for electrifying transport and industrial processes with a reliable electricity supply, says Kristersson.
Kristersson: Expand nuclear power
M’s climate agenda is largely known from before. An important part is that nuclear power must be “protected”.
– Nuclear power must be expanded rather than phased out, says Kristersson.
M wants to change the definition of Sweden’s energy policy goals, so that nuclear power can be part of electricity production even after 2040.
M also proposes that the state invests in research grants for a new research reactor in Sweden. The purpose is to lay the foundation for the next generation of nuclear power.
– It takes time to develop, but it is happening in other countries where Swedish companies participate, says Kristersson.
M wants to design the electricity market so that nuclear power companies are paid better because they create a stable supply of electricity. How this should be done must be investigated, says the party’s climate policy spokesperson Jessica Rosencrantz. According to her, it is not about giving state subsidies.
M’s climate agenda contains proposals aimed at speeding up the electrification of road transport, for example through more charging stations throughout the country.
The party wants to scrap today’s bonus-malus system that gives a bonus when buying fuel-efficient cars. Instead, M proposes a “zero emission bonus” for electric cars and a “generous” scrapping premium for old cars with large emissions.
M thinks that the red-green government’s support for change in industry, Industriklivet, is good, but wants to invest more money in it.
The party also wants to invest more in technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions. Jessica Rosencrantz believes that the government’s recently presented investment of 400 million per year is too little.
How much M wants to spend on, for example, industrial life, charging infrastructure or storage of emissions, is not mentioned in the climate agenda. Jessica Rosencrantz refers to forthcoming budget proposals.
Among the more controversial parts of M’s climate agenda is to expand the extraction of metals and minerals. It is needed, according to M, among other things for the manufacture of car batteries, but also for other green technology. The party wants Sweden to become a leading mining nation again.
However, it can lead to other negative environmental effects.
– That is why the state must decide on an overall strategy, says Ulf Kristersson.
– It is obvious that it has an environmental impact, but the climate benefit must be taken into account.
The moderates also want to safeguard forestry and believe that the total area of forest that is protected from forestry must not be increased.
Kristersson believes that there are good conditions for broad political agreements on climate policy – if it were not for the Green Party.
– It is obvious that they have an incredibly bad influence on the Social Democrats, says Kristersson.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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