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Dutch Lawmakers Move Toward Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies After Highway Blockade

HeadlineOct 11, 2023

In the Netherlands, climate activists are celebrating after lawmakers on Tuesday approved a motion requiring the Dutch Cabinet to come up with a plan to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. This comes after a sustained campaign by activists, including a nearly monthlong blockade of a major highway. This is Lucas Winnips of Extinction Rebellion Netherlands.

Lucas Winnips: “After monthlong of daily protests and more than 9,000 arrests, the Dutch Parliament asked the Cabinet to come up with scenarios for a phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies. During this campaign, we achieved a transformation, I think, of Dutch society, with three-quarters of the people now wanting a phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies, and even a third of the people wanting an immediate stop on fossil fuel subsidies. And that is the Extinction Rebellion demand. So, a big win.”

Activists say they are prepared for more action if the government fails to follow through on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.

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