How can we make the cost of the energy transition acceptable? The leaders of democracies no longer have a clue. After the "yellow vest" revolt in 2018, following an increase in the carbon tax, the French executive made sure to stifle any new expression of anger with cheques and subsidies. Governments that are more attentive to their balanced budgets, and therefore less generous to their population, have recently been swept aside by opponents openly hostile to their ecological ambitions, such as the Dutchman Geert Wilders or, a year ago, in Italy, Giorgia Meloni.
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In order to move forward in spite of everything, in this quicksand, Matignon has been trying for a few weeks to set up a new method vis-à-vis local elected officials: coercion. The latter were asked to launch "regional COPs" under the aegis of the General Secretariat for Ecological Planning. The aim is to set out the national objectives for the ecological transition region by region...
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