It will be interesting to see how Swedish teen climate activist and winner of Time’s “person of the year” will react to the results of a new poll taken by the Swedish Taxpayers Association.
The poll named climate policy spending as the biggest waste of money as emissions have increased despite billions in Swedish krona spent.
The second place was spending on “art for earthworms.”
Swedish Taxpayer Association release (translation by Google Translate)
Swedish climate policy is the worst waste of the year in 2019. At least when the Swedish people get to decide. Climate policy is therefore awarded by the Taxpayers’ Waste Ombudsman.
The government has more than doubled funding for climate policy, but nevertheless emissions are no longer decreasing. In 2018, emissions even increased.
With over 18,000 votes, there was a new record in the number of votes for the competition the worst waste of the year and 30% of the votes landed on climate policy. I am now looking for Isabella Lövin (MP) to hand over the award.
Funding for climate policy has more than doubled in recent years, while emissions have basically stopped falling. The government’s 2020 budget allocated 12.6 billion for climate policy, compared with 5.2 billion in 2014. But even so, emissions are no longer decreasing. Last year, emissions even increased marginally.
Expert authorities such as the National Audit Office and the National Institute of Economic Research have condemned many of the government’s major investments such as climate change, support for electric cars and solar electricity support. Auditor-General Helena Lindberg noted in January 2019 in a commentary on the National Audit Office’s review of climate change that “The cost of climate change per kilogram of greenhouse gas emissions has been high”. Commenting on the government’s 2017 budget (when it was introduced), the National Institute of Economic Research writes that the programme “risks becoming a costly blow to the air.” Harsh criticism for coming from a government expert authority.
At the same time, up to one in three environmental cars sold in Sweden with environmental car bonuses on exports to Norway are going within just a few years. Spending so much money on subsidies for electric bikes, support for solar electricity or why not climate anxiety therapy when there are other measures that would have benefited more from the climate can be classified as nothing more than waste.
“Too much tax money is wasted without the benefit of those who pay. It is no less important that the money has an effect when they are invested in something that is important – quite the opposite, says Johan Gustafsson.
In second place in the competition came the artist board’s million contribution to art for earthworms and in third place Gothenburg’s plans for a cable car over the Göta River.