Dutch government plans, fully reported by this blog towards the end of 2022, which would force farmers to cut nitrogen emissions from activity on their land, have been bulldozed through one of the remaining obsdtacles to their implementation when the unelected bureaucrats that make up the European Commission, (European Union’s executive arm,) approved farm buyout schemes worth nearly 1.5 billion euros (£1.32bn).
The plans to reduce nitrogen emissions from agricultural activiy, mainly livestock farms, on EU-designated areas of vulnerable nature (which seem always to be the areas most productive in supplying us with food for our tables, have sparked heated debate and widespread protests by angry farmers in a nation that is a major producer and exporter of farm products.
Dutch agricultural exports were worth 122.3 billion euros (£107bn) last year, according to the national statistics office. The Dutch ruling coalition wants to cut emissions of pollutants, predominantly nitrogen oxide and ammonia, by 50% nationwide by 2030.
Nitrogen pollution makes climate change worse and can harm biodiversity, according to the UN Environment Programme, another supra - national agency staffed by corrupt scientists who will say anything they are paid to say and claim their diktat cannot be challenged because "we are scientists". Before we assign any credibility to these crooks and liars however, we should remind ourselves that nitrogen makes up 78% of the atmosphere - the air that we breathe. It is everywhere, you just can't get away from the stuff. Science my arse.
A key part of the Dutch strategy, which has little to do with science or climate change and a lot to do with the ruling elites' desire to destroy western civilisation in order to grab more power and exercise greater control, involves buying up and halting work at farms allegedly responsible for large-scale emissions of nitrogen. However, that required confirmation from the European Commission that the buyouts do not amount to state aid that is banned under EU rules.
Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president in charge of competition policy, said in a statement that the two schemes approved would clear the way for the “voluntary closure” of farms responsible for major nitrogen emissions.
“The schemes will improve the environment conditions in those areas and will promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly production in the livestock sector, without unduly distorting competition,” she said.
Clearly the powers that be are simply playing with words here. Telling farmers, "You will sell to the government at a price the government dictates, or the government will simply confiscate and close your business and you will get nothing," is not by any stretch of the warped, bureaucratic thinking that governs so much of our lives now, "voluantary".
A pro-agriculture political party formed only three years ago won Dutch provincial elections in March, underscoring the depth of discontent among farmers and other sections of society that has been fuelled by the nitrogen reduction plans.
The neo - fascist Dutch central government has tasked provincial legislatures with formulating and implementing exact proposals to reduce nitrogen emissions, ignoring the will of the people in the best tradition of fascism.
Farmers have held several large demonstrations, blocking highways and supermarket warehouses last year to protest against the reforms that they cast as a threat to their way of life.The demonstrations have also spread to neighbouring Belgium, where hundreds of farmers drove their tractors into central Brussels last month to protest against plans to cut nitrogen pollution and there have also been protests in Poland, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
On the upside there are signs this piece of eco-idiocy could be the torpedo that finally sinks the floundering EU.