From COP27 to Twitter, Macron is trying to come off as a good student of ecology

Emmanuel Macron tried on Monday at COP27 in Egypt to don the garb of the “exemplary” student in the fight against climate change, before chaining meetings to show off his environmental record, in front of already frustrated activist at the beginning of the five-year term.

Arriving at the UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, the president assured that Europe and France are on the right “trajectory” to meet their “goals” of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And he pointed the finger elsewhere.

“We should have the United States and China really at the crossroads” of “this battle”, he estimated. “The Europeans pay” but “only we will pay”, and therefore it is necessary to “press the rich non-European countries, to tell them + you must pay your share +”, he insisted.

The Head of State has certainly defended financial solidarity in the poorest countries exposed to the devastating effects of global warming, but by playing the card of “concrete solutions”, like the Great Green Wall in Sahel, than a new fund. some of them asked.

His proactive speech on the international scene will be followed, Tuesday in Paris, by practical work at the national level: a meeting at the Elysée with the French industrialists who emit the most greenhouse gases to encourage them to speed up their “decarbonization” . At the same time, Emmanuel Macron undertook, in a video on Twitter, to answer this week questions from the French on “the ecological challenge”.

“Two Speed”

After a mixed first command on environmental matters, he vowed to elevate himself. The second five-year term “will be ecological or not”, he launched in April, setting the goal of “twice as fast” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

At the Elysée, the first results were presented to show that actions depend on promises, such as the plan for moderation that makes it possible to “save 10% of our energy”, the vote in the Senate for the bill on wind turbines and photovoltaics, – although its adoption by the National Assembly was not obtained -, or the presentation of a text to accelerate nuclear power.

Not up to it, the opponents of the left and the defenders of the environment answer in chorus.

During an exchange with African and French youth committed to the climate in Sharm el-Sheikh, the President of the Republic was challenged on the lack of real taxation of the “record income” of energy groups.

“These profits are criminal, they are crimes against humanity,” said Nathan Méténier, one of the UN Secretary General’s young advisers on climate change. “I don’t understand how ‘redistribution’ can be seen as ‘a radical argument,’ added the French activist.

“I fully share the description you gave,” replied Emmanuel Macron. To immediately make contact by explaining that taxation will only make sense on a global scale, which he assured to “fight”.

“I’m like you, I don’t like fossil fuels,” he also said. But “we are dependent to death on fossil fuels”, “it is not true that we will leave it in six months”.

Last week, a decision illustrated, in the eyes of the left, the lack of real will of the executive, when it passed the trap of amendments still approved by the National Assembly to increase by 12 billion euros the aid for thermal renovation of housing.

“The government had a good opportunity to help the working classes” to face this challenge, but it removed itself “with 49.3” to approve its 2023 budget without a vote, regretted Clément Sénéchal, of the association of Greenpeace.

Anne Bringault, from the Climate Action Network, also notes that France’s greenhouse gas emissions, although condemned for “climate inaction”, are still “far” from the “correct trajectory”.

And this even though “several climate-damaging measures have been taken since the beginning of these five years”, he added, referring to the reopening of the Saint-Avold coal-fired power plant, a project for a new LNG terminal in Le Havre. , support for the purchase of fuel for all “which benefited the richest households the most”…

07/11/2022 13:33:44 – Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) (AFP) – © 2022 AFP

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