Press release by Jean-François Jacob, co-signed by Sylvie Gherardi and Mireille D'ornano:
The European Parliament today adopted a report on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which is part of the Paris agreement. The FN/RBM delegation to the European Parliament opposed Mr Gerbrandy's report, in accordance with the positions defended for eighteen months and in view of the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement, which results in its quasi-nullity.
The text is indeed arc-tipped on reducing greenhouse gases in order to reduce global warming. The procedure chosen is a system of ecological bidding and an investment platform that will accelerate the financialisation of the domain, without any guarantee of results. We advocate the relocation of the economy as a precondition for a genuine policy of environmental protection, including in its climatic aspect.
The financial contributions required will first affect the western, yet largely unindustrialized, countries. Moreover, the withdrawal of the United States increases the financial burden which is called upon France to weigh. Indeed, the change in reference levels indexed to the GDP/capita criterion leads rich countries to pay the fruit of their own work and to have to provide more effort to reduce emissions when they already support the bulk of this European Union-wide reduction. We want to have a GDP/emissions criterion.
Aware of the immense perils facing public health and the protection of the environment, we refuse to support a constraint both financiarisée and detrimental to the French industry, uncertain in its practical results and imposing a International authority dangerous to the independence of States.