It’s never been more urgent for us to reduce our deadly dependence on fossil energy. So why is Europe spending millions of euros on new gas pipelines?
The EU Commission has already dedicated nearly €200 million to the gas industry for 2018. And as revealed by Friends of the Earth, their upcoming budget leaves open giant loopholes for more gas subsidies.
If we don’t speak up now, we risk letting these companies’ greed cause massive, irreversible damage to our climate and planet. We’ve got to come together and stop Europe from fuelling its gas addiction with public money.
Tell the EU Commission now: No subsidies for the fossil fuel industry!
With vague promises of “green gas” technology, fuel companies have persuaded the EU Commission to dedicate part of the EU’s 2020-2027 budget to gas infrastructure, supposedly for sustainable fuels like biomethane and synthetics.
But those fuels don’t exist on an inexpensive, reliable, mass-market scale yet -- and even if they did, they’re nowhere near as efficient as solar and wind energy. In the meantime, the EU budget has no way of ensuring the pipelines don’t carry fossil-based gas.
The EU has already funded pipelines that will create demand for gas where there wasn’t any before, like in Malta and Cyprus. They’ve financed controversial projects like the Southern Gas Corridor, associated with human rights violations in Azerbaijan. It has to stop now.
SumOfUs members have helped the EU Commission stand up to corporate interests before. Whether in addressing the plastic waste problem or in getting a ban on harmful neonic pesticides passed, we’ve proven that when we speak up, Europe listens. Let’s join together on behalf of the planet and remind the Commission that Europe urgently needs a clean, renewable energy transition -- and the gas industry has no place in it.
Tell the EU Commission to spend public money on renewable energy, not destructive gas pipelines.