Tag: green deal

Extreme weather events: Is climate change to blame for deaths in Germany and Belgium or fires in the US?

19 July, 2021 · Global situation

Floods in Germany have caused severe damage and deaths mainly in flood-prone areas and buildings erected next to slopes and potential landslide areas, as in the photograph.
Floods in Germany have caused severe damage and deaths mainly in flood-prone areas and buildings erected next to slopes and potential landslide areas, as in the photograph.

It is well known, and this is stated in all official scientific reports, that climate change increases the risk of extreme weather events. However, this is something very different from such events necessarily translating into death and destruction of entire villages as we have seen in Europe or massive fires as we are seeing in the USA. If this has been the case, it is because states are not fighting against climate change and its impacts on populations, but for the Green Deal, that is, for subordinating this goal to the recovery of capital’s profits by extracting income en masse from the workers.

“Fit for 55”: the Green Deal is accelerating… in order to reduce by more than 20% the purchasing power of your salary

16 July, 2021 · European Union

Ursula von der Leyen, Timmersmans and three commissioners - Kadri Simson, Paolo Gentiloni and Adina-Ioana Valean - present the "Fit for 55" package in Brussels under the slogan "Delivering the European Green Pact".
Ursula von der Leyen, Timmersmans and three commissioners - Kadri Simson, Paolo Gentiloni and Adina-Ioana Valean - present the "Fit for 55" package in Brussels under the slogan "Delivering the European Green Pact".

The European Commission presented this week “Fit for 55”, a package of measures aimed at developing the European Climate Law. The stated aim is to reduce by 2030 emissions in the EU countries as a whole to 55% of what they were in 1990. The media linger on the end of cheap flights and the ban on the sale of cars with combustion engines by 2035. But first and foremost it is a way to inflate the speculative emissions market at the cost of higher fuel, heating, transport, food and construction prices.

Reduction of working hours and minimum wage rising in US

2 July, 2021 · USA

Workers at Amazon
Workers at Amazon

The increase in the minimum wage in both Amazon and Target was accompanied by the reduction of working hours as well as the elimination of both health insurance and bonuses…which meant that workers’ real hourly earnings were actually reduced despite the wage hike. And it’s even worse. In the U.S. economy as a whole, inflation has already eaten into wage growth. And what is coming with the Green Deal is more of the same.

Biden in Europe: 4 lessons

18 June, 2021 · USA

Biden in Europe
Biden in Europe

Biden in Europe: G7 and NATO summit, a summit with the EU, and then meeting with Putin in Geneva… Biden’s agenda in Europe could not be denser. And after so many meetings and negotiations, one idea stands out: the US is no longer what it used to be in the world imperialist game.

Housing and Green New Deal in Biden’s US

13 June, 2021 · USA

Housing and Green New Deal in Biden's US
Housing and Green New Deal in Biden's US

With the moratorium on evictions set to expire at the end of June, the Biden administration has unveiled an affordable housing plan. It further pledges to eliminate racial discrimination in housing on the basis of removing the barriers to “wealth creation” suffered by the black petty bourgeoisie. But marrying housing and Green New Deal produces higher prices, and fattening up black petty bourgeoisie businesses will never eliminate discrimination in access to a home.

Green Deal in the cities: The end of semi-detached housing and the twilight of urban upgrading projects

8 June, 2021 · European Union

The green deal in cities requires continuity and proximity between logistics centers, demand and renewable energy sources.
The green deal in cities requires continuity and proximity between logistics centers, demand and renewable energy sources.

The impact of the Green Deal on European cities has begun. In Germany, the development of new terraced housing estates is halted in the midst of a general price hike. In Spain, a new ideological campaign charges against urban upgrading projects (“PAU” in Spanish). The EU speaks of a “New European Bauhaus”, but in reality this is the need to accompany the Green Deal in the cities with measures to ensure the profitability of new logistics and energy macro-investments.

What is going on with housing?

5 June, 2021 · Spain

What is going on with housing?
What is going on with housing?

The Green Deal, the rising cost of household electricity bills and the lack of profitable applications for capital are concentrating investment back into housing speculation and construction, transforming homes, neighborhoods and urban structures.

New electricity bill

1 June, 2021 · Spain

Energy poverty will inevitably grow with "fit for 55" package.
Energy poverty will inevitably grow with "fit for 55" package.

Last night [in Spain -TN], the new electricity bill came into force. Although the Green Deal is already being felt in the general price increase, this is the first direct move that ties the energy transition to the loss of workers’ purchasing power. It is sold to us as a price drop made possible by renewables. In reality it is quite the opposite.

Ford F-150 Lightning: the precarious life of the Green Deal and America’s first steps into the war economy

29 May, 2021 · TV

Ford F-150 Lightning, the vehicle of a new green era of precarization and war economy.
Ford F-150 Lightning, the vehicle of a new green era of precarization and war economy.

There exist advertisements which condense an era with far greater economy than any novel or film. The ad for Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Ford’s iconic vehicle for the Biden’s Green Deal is, by the same token, a promotional ad for precarious living rather than a celebration of green comfort, a Nomadland to insert into big-league matches and Superbowls rather than a sales pitch. But Biden has gone a step further: the Green Deal’s pick-up is also the symbol of a looming new war economy.

Meat and dairy, the new luxury products of the Green Deal

23 May, 2021 · European Union

With the imposition of a drastic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the popular parties with steaks, barbecues and steaks will remain memories of the past.
With the imposition of a drastic reduction in the consumption of meat and dairy products, the popular parties with steaks, barbecues and steaks will remain memories of the past.

The Italian superminister for climate change began his mandate by going against meat and dairy consumption; the Spanish government in its 2050 plan, presented yesterday, endorses Greenpeace’s doctrine and proposes to halve consumption by raising prices; in Germany ending cheap meat is one of the main proposals of the Green party, which is likely to head the next government. Meat, dairy and other high-quality protein foods are well on their way to becoming luxury products. With the Green Deal, the diet of the working class is once again the terrain of class struggle.

Spanish imperialism flounders and opens the game

18 May, 2021 · Spain

Pedro Sánchez, inaugurated this morning the IV Ibero-American Congress of the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America (CEAPI), a forum of businessmen in which he put into words the new offer of Spanish imperialism for the Ibero-American capitals.
Pedro Sánchez, inaugurated this morning the IV Ibero-American Congress of the Business Council Alliance for Ibero-America (CEAPI), a forum of businessmen in which he put into words the new offer of Spanish imperialism for the Ibero-American capitals.

The German Green Deal has a new rallying cry: end cheap flights to Majorca. At the same time, the Biden government’s new shoe tariffs threaten the Spanish consumer goods export flagship. And if that were not enough, the increased tension with Morocco is pushing towards the closure of companies and factories relocated there by Spanish capital over the last few decades. The Spanish imperialist model is in a state of crisis and is dragging down the industry. Spanish imperialism looks again to Argentina and Mexico looking for the first time not only for markets, but also for capitals to which it offers a beachhead in the EU.

The “green transition” paves the way for new wars over the control of raw materials

12 May, 2021 · South America and the Caribbean

The green transition driven by the green deal has turned South America's large lithium salt flats into strategic positions.
The green transition driven by the green deal has turned South America's large lithium salt flats into strategic positions.

The green transition is already paving the way for new wars. Current mineral production plus that in the pipeline is incapable of supplying the raw material demand of the energy transition. According to the International Energy Agency, by 2030 the production capacity calculated by then will only be able to supply 80% of the critical minerals and 50% of the copper demanded by the Green Deal. By 2040, the strain will be even worse: the demand for critical minerals will have quadrupled. What will large national capitals do along the way to secure the sources needed to supply their most valuable industries?

Climate targets, contradictions, and nationalization under the Green Deal

7 May, 2021 · Germany

Germany accelerates its climate targets
Germany accelerates its climate targets

Germany is raising its climate targets. It changes its Climate Law by committing to a 65% reduction in emissions by 2030. The formal cause, a Constitutional Court ruling. The real cause: competition with the US. The important thing: each push of the Green Deal increases economic contradictions, weighs down production and imposes an increasingly dark horizon on living and working conditions. In the increased competition, the state centralizes and looks for new ways to turn broken private companies into state-owned enterprises. There is nothing progressive about this. We are not closer to socialism, but to a war economy.

European Climate Law: questions and answers

23 April, 2021 · European Union

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans takes a selfie today at 5:05AM (Central European Time), as agreement is finally reached on the European Climate Bill.
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans takes a selfie today at 5:05AM (Central European Time), as agreement is finally reached on the European Climate Bill.

Yesterday, the EU reached a provisional agreement on the European Climate Law. In case there were any doubts, the objectives are explicit: To provide predictability to investors and to ensure that the transformations generated by the Green Deal in industries and capital markets are irreversible. Moreover, in concrete terms, the European Climate Law represents an acceleration in the speed of change. No one is unaware of the reason behind the rush: U.S. and China at odds for virtually everything else, are about to turn the Biden summit into the staging of a two-way split of the capital markets they hope to revive.

The Green Deal’s Unemployment

23 March, 2021 · Global situation

green deal unemployment

The Green Deal claims to be a solution to unemployment. This is not true. The figures say the opposite: it is a solution for capital, the big energy and automobile companies, large landowners and even for small farmers. From the very first moment, however, it leaves a trail of layoffs, unemployment and loss of wage purchasing power.

Two sessions 2021: China shifts its strategy

14 March, 2021 · China

two sessions 2021

Last Thursday was the closing ceremony of the two sessions 2021, the most important Chinese political event/ceremonial of the year. At its center lay the global crisis of capitalism. In its outlook was militarism, war and the green deal. The good news: Chinese strategists do not expect an armed confrontation with the US before 2027. The bad news: the burden on the Chinese working class has already begun.

Russia, China, the “green deal” and the inevitable growth of “external interference” in the EU

11 February, 2021 · European Union

Borrell and Lavrov

The more contradictory the national interests within the EU, the more incentive Brussels has to try to counter them with more outward protectionism – which inevitably triggers its trade rivals – and new moves forward – such as vaccine centralization – that put the Commission and the interests it represents in a weaker position in the face of interference from those same rival states.

This is what they meant by “recovery”

26 January, 2021 · European Union

When we read the business press, capital seems happy. According to Oxfam, the global bourgeoisie has already made up for its wealth losses. The Swiss bank has doubled its profits. And listed companies are heading for a dividend recovery.

Under the ice, the normalization of an unacceptable situation

11 January, 2021 · Spain

The large snowfall has done more to stop the Covid massacre than the intentionally limited measures of the regions and the government. However, the council of ministers is sucking up as if a country paralized by a non-exceptionally dramatic snowfall for days was the most normal thing in the world. Under the ice lies the sad truth of Spanish capital normalizing the unacceptable.

An obscene discourse and a reality of impoverishment and death

18 December, 2020 · Spain

While the government renounce stopping the third wave of Covid sells a law of euthanasia whose social context is really obscene, capital is centralizing, concentrating and assaulting our incomes, which are falling sharply. While the ideological noise covers the changes in the background, the unions “reserve” themselves. For what?

What is this investment fund doing on my electricity bill?

17 December, 2020 · Spain

The big industrial companies have been relieved of paying their share and the electricity oligopoly gets some competitive advantage. Both are winners. Among those of us who will bear the cost in our household bills, the workers, especially precarious ones, and large families, will feel it more in our total budgets. Welcome to the first act of the Green Deal and what it is going to mean for us.

How will Biden’s “Green New Deal” affect workers?

8 December, 2020 · USA

Biden's New Green Deal and the global minimum rate go hand in hand.
Biden's New Green Deal and the global minimum rate go hand in hand.

Biden’s “Green New Deal” is presented as the most important change that the new U.S. government will implement. Its consequences for workers will be enormous… and not good.

Can technology “save the world”?

1 December, 2020 · Critique of ideology

In many books, in educational institutions and in the media we are told that technology created the industrial revolution and other great social changes. But it is not true, it is not enough to suggest or invent new technologies to solve our needs, which are universal, it is necessary to change social relations. And that starts here and now, it is not a task for a hypothetical tomorrow.

Goodbye, cheap meat

3 June, 2020 · European Union

Germany is getting ready toend off, via taxes, cheap meat. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Under the “green deal” comes an accelerated transformation towards “bio” livestock and agriculture that, at least temporarily, would entail non-tariff barriers to imports from outside the EU and a way to attract capital to the countryside. A trend is beginning that will end the era of cheap meat.

Is the “green deal” a way out of the crisis?

15 April, 2020 · Global situation

Greenpeace project an image of the Earth as a bomb with a lit fuse onto European Commission.

Can anyone still think that the “Ecological transition” and the “Green New Deal” they want to impose on us is a progressive “way out of the crisis”?