SATURDAY 6 APRIL
12:00 THE HAGUE
SATURDAY 6 APRIL
12:00 DEN HAAG
MILJARD PER JAAR
belastingkortingen voor fossiele bedrijven
BILLION PER YEAR
tax credits for polluting fossil companies
STOP FOSSIL SUBSIDIES
The Dutch government gives €39.7-€46.4 billion in annual discounts to large profitable companies on the use of fossil fuels.
While the world needs climate justice now: 2023 was the hottest year on record and there were 30% more deaths from climate disasters worldwide than in 2022, most of them in the Global South. Our government is adding fuel to the fire with fossil subsidies. That has to stop.
The fossil subsidies are paid out at the expense of ordinary people: construction workers, civil servants, SMEs, teachers and healthcare workers: they all have to pay their taxes in full. This means that they are ultimately the ones who pay the bill for fossil subsidies and thus indirectly line the pockets of the shareholders. This policy therefore causes an increase in injustice in the Netherlands.
"Shift subsidies away from fossil fuels to protect the poor and most vulnerable people and communities."
António Guterres – Secretary-General United Nations
time for action
After 35 A12 blockages, politicians seemed to recognize the problem in October 2023: almost the entire House of Representatives voted in favor of a motion to draw up scenarios for phasing out fossil subsidies.
These scenarios would be developed by the outgoing cabinet before the start of the new year. But so far it’s been quiet. A bill to abolish two fossil subsidies was even blocked in the Senate.
The A12 was therefore blocked again on Saturday 3 February. And this time it did not stop at an A12 blockade. We walked in marches from various places in The Hague along the public road to the A12.
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Zaterdag 3 februari staan we weer op de A12 om een eind aan de fossiele subsidies te eisen. De politiek zou voor de kerst met scenario’s komen om de fossiele subsidies af te bouwen, maar komt haar afspraken niet na.
2023 is het warmste jaar ooit gemeten en telde 30% meer doden door klimaatrampen dan 2022. Mensen over de hele wereld verliezen hun huizen, families en voedselzekerheid. Maar de politiek jaagt met de fossiele subsidies de klimaatcrisis alleen maar aan.
En ook binnen Nederland worden mensen geraakt door de fossiele subsidies. Want dit beleid zorgt ervoor dat de fossiele industrie kan blijven profiteren van de gewone mensen.
Dit laten we toch niet nog een jaar gebeuren? Op zaterdag 3 februari komen we weer met z’n allen naar de A12. Het is tijd voor verandering en die gaan we samen brengen!
Hier meer informatie: a12blokkade.nl
Zaterdag 3 februari: A12-blokkade Den Haag. Stop fossiele subsidies. De politiek komt niet in actie, dus er moet druk op de ketel. 2023 is het warmste jaar ooit gemeten en Den Haag gooit olie op het vuur. Het is tijd voor klimaatrechtvaardigheid. a12blokkade.nl
>> IF YOU Have 1 afternoon?
Participate in the support demonstration at the next action along the A12 in The Hague to draw attention to this subject.
>> IF you have 2 afternoons?
Take an action training at Extinction Rebellion and join the next action in The Hague to demand an end to fossil subsidies.
These are the tax credits for companies that use a lot of oil, gas and coal. When you think of ‘subsidy’ you quickly think of money you receive from the government, but discounts are just as much of a gift. These can be seen as a subsidy, because they will cause companies to use more oil, gas and coal.
Including companies such as Tata Steel, Shell and KLM. But also consider shipping, generators of fossil electricity, and large consumers of fossil energy such as fertilizer makers.
For a better overview, you can view the study by Milieudefensie, which examined the top 10 major polluting companies.
While you pay neat energy taxes, companies that use a lot of oil, gas and coal receive enormous tax discounts. Think of Shell, Tata Steel and KLM. This costs every taxpayer (including you) €5,000 per year! That’s unfair.
We can also use this money to tackle the housing shortage, pay healthcare workers decently and make all homes energy efficient, instead of giving it to the shareholders of these companies.
In addition, large companies are exacerbating the climate and ecological crisis that the CEOs and shareholders themselves are hardly affected by. Its consequences fall on ordinary people, in the form of climate disasters, famine and extreme weather.
This is currently happening mainly in the Global South, but we are also increasingly feeling the consequences in the Netherlands. Consider the floods in Limburg, the impact of heat waves on the elderly, people with chronic diseases or people living in poorly insulated homes on a heat island in the city, and farmers who suffer from water shortages.
No, that will not happen, as long as the money released by abolishing fossil subsidies is distributed fairly.
By investing the money that is released smartly, for example in better care, making houses energy efficient or free public transport, the life of the average Dutch person will not become more expensive at the bottom line.
Abolishing these discounts may lead to some jobs disappearing, but many new jobs will also be created.
Companies that work sustainably and energy efficiently will be happy, and there is already a dire shortage of people there. There are countless unfilled vacancies, for example for installation technicians or environmental experts.
That is why the money released by abolishing fossil subsidies must be invested in retraining people, while maintaining their income.
For years the government has concealed exactly how much discount they give. At first it was said to be €4.5 billion, later researchers turned out to €17 billion. Then it became €37.5 billion. At the beginning of September 2023, the government said the amount is between €39,7 and €46,4 billion per year.