News Digest Item
22 May 2017

“The lobbyists have won”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Swiss voters have been lured into voting for the government’s Energy Strategy 2050 by “a phalanx of profiteers” of the new law, Giorgio V. Müller writes in a commentary for conservative Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). The vote could have been “a democratic legitimation of Switzerland’s energy strategy – but it isn’t,” he says. The new law avoids the critical issue of steering the country away from nuclear power production towards more renewables and energy efficiency, Müller argues. The law as it stands “defines only the benefits” and will make actors in the Swiss energy sector mere “subsidy hunters,” according to Müller.

Read the commentary in German here.

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