Progressive youth in Denmark oppose Baltic gas pipeline project

Denmark’s Socialist Youth Front expressed opposition to the Baltic gas pipeline project over environmental concerns, and appealed to the Danish people to sign a citizens petition calling for its cancellation

May 08, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch
Baltic gas pipeline-Denmark
The Baltic gas pipeline project envisages a natural gas pipeline between the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and Poland via Denmark.

The Socialist Youth Front (SUF) in Denmark released a statement on Wednesday May 6 to express their opposition to the construction of the Baltic Gas Pipeline. The project would see the construction of a natural gas pipeline between the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and Poland via Denmark. The SUF also called on the Danish people to sign a citizens petition demanding its cancellation.

The citizens petition demands the majority of the Danish Parliament to request the Minister for Climate, Energy and Supply to immediately cancel the decision to build the Baltic Gas Pipeline. In the petition they write that “in light of the climate law of December 6, 2019 — which obliges Denmark to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and to climate neutrality by 2050 — the prospectus of the Baltic Pipe project — envisaged on November 30, 2018 — stands counter-productive. Climate Act and the Danish obligations towards international climate targets are not compatible with new Danish investments in fossil infrastructure or fossil gas combustion plants.”

“The new European Commission has undertaken to present new and more ambitious climate targets that will affect the EU’s plans for investment in the future of energy supply across Europe. The Baltic Pipe project is still in its initial phase and can therefore still be stopped for the benefit of climate, environment, renewable energy, and nature along the projected route through Denmark,” the petition claims.

In its statement, the SUF says that climate action is the most important political agenda of the present times, and the consequences will be serious if it is not taken seriously.

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