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Date: October 3, 2023
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Minister Ziobro Labels European Climate Policy as “Madness” and Opposes EVs

The Polish Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, believes that the European Union's plan to reduce the use of combustion engine vehicles is "utter madness." What is his stance?
Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro
Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro.

This Monday, in statements to the press from the Nowy Czarnów power plant in the west, Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro indicated that the European Union’s (EU) plan to reduce the use of combustion engine vehicles is “utter madness.”

We cannot succumb to the climate madness driven by the EU (…) and the Fit for 55 program,” Ziobro said.

It is worth noting that through the Fit for 55 program, Brussels aims to reduce European pollutant emissions by 55% by 2030.

In addition to insisting that “eliminating combustion engine cars, as they want to do, is utter madness,” the minister attributed the “scandalous decision that will not allow individuals to make their own choices” to the “German lobby,” something that, in his opinion, “goes against the law.”

Previously, Minister Ziobro had already expressed his opposition to replacing combustion engine cars with electric ones.

Although he claimed to be “in favor of allowing the production of electric cars in Poland,” he stated that his compatriots “would have to take out a loan to buy electric motor vehicles because they are very expensive.”

Most people cannot afford the cost of an electric car. And, due to the ecological madness that pervades the EU, if the Poles are forced to do so, they will no longer have their own vehicles and will lose some of their freedom,” Ziobro acknowledged.

Regarding the use of coal as an energy source, another point on which he disagreed with the community energy guidelines, Ziobro advocated for “choosing what we can afford and what we have in abundance, what can provide us with energy security, even if (Vladimir) Putin turns off the tap.”

Some EU member states, such as Italy, France, Poland, and Portugal, as well as numerous European companies in the energy sector, oppose the European standard that plans to prohibit the sale of light vehicles with combustion engines from 2027, and from 2029 for trucks and buses, according to EFEverde.

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