The leak of government agreements, municipal and regional, between the PP and Vox reveals the priorities of the right. The extreme right imposes its agenda, and that of Alberto Núñez Feijóo has no doubt about it either. In a month, the agreements expect that in the next legislature, the new executives will do everything possible to break the social harmony that has been achieved in recent decades. The laws of democratic memory will be rejected; policies aimed at eliminating gender-based violence will be prevented; and many councils have already ordered the removal of the LGTBI+ flag in the middle of Pride Week.
The defense of the environment cannot be left behind in controversies. In recent weeks, the PP has shown its most denialist side and agreed with Vox on measures that are against the scientific consensus and that, moreover, go in the opposite direction of what Europe is asking for.
The most shocking case is the destruction of cycling infrastructure. What has been done by the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, after replacing Manuela Carmena in 2019, has been issued again by some of the most important bastions of the right, where the new municipal governments have announced that they will eliminate the twelve kilometers. of bike lanes to give priority, once again, to the car.
Elche, Valladolid, Palma de Mallorca, or Gijón, where Foro Asturias currently manages, are some of the cities where the movement of bicycles has days. Paradoxically, many of the bike lanes to be removed were built thanks to financing from European Next Generation funds.
The decision not only conflicts with the new urban model that Europe wants to promote, one that is more sustainable and less polluted, but completely ignores what the scientists of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dictate, who in their 2022 report call for encouraging cycling infrastructure and bicycle use to reduce climate change in cities.
More irrigation for a country without water
Another hot point has to do with water. In the Nation of Valencia, the PP and Vox signed a government agreement made up of 50 program points that will structure public policies in the next legislature. Among them, Section 22 stands out, where both groups commit to expanding irrigation in the agricultural sector of Valencia.
This decision comes after a year marked by drought and a lack of water for irrigation in some areas, such as Alicante, whose crops are very dependent on the transfer of water from the Tagus. In fact, the water policies promoted by the Ecological Transition have already caused tension in the Valencian country because the central government has reduced the amount of water pumped from the Tagus to guarantee that it remains stable and ecologically healthy. run.
In Extremadura, María Guardiola’s agreement with Vox is in line with the same line of betting on irrigation, despite the fact that Extremadura is an area where dry land crops such as olive groves predominate. Currently, the region is one of the most affected by drought, and its reservoirs are at 47.32%, 15.64% below the average level of the last decade.
Increasing the surface area of irrigated hectares means increasing water consumption in a region that, according to the National Action Program against Desertification, already has a semi-arid index in Badajoz and the entire southern half of Cáceres. In other words, PP and Vox are promising water that doesn’t exist.
The management of the forest is in the hands of the right
Vox was also able to gain the ability to manage forests. The extreme right, which openly denies the climate emergency, is responsible for responding to mountain conservation and developing fire prevention policies. Juan García-Gallardo’s introduction to Castilla y León is revealing. The current vice president assured that “green policy” and “radical environmentalism” are the main causes of the fires and ignored the lack of means and the important role of climate change in the intensity of the fire.
Santiago Abascal’s party has already expressed its interest in making forest management compatible with economic development, and it is expected that the new coalition will try to review the status of some protected areas, such as those found within the Natura 2000 Network. Not in vain; eliminating protected spaces is not an easy task because any change must be approved by Brussels. According to the government pact, the far right also wants to promote a change in the “green policies” that govern CAP aid so that subsidies do not depend on sustainability as much as income criteria.
Also in Extremadura, it is intended to give a radical turn to the extractivist policies that, for many years, have created social opposition. With the signing of their agreement with the government, the right intends to “favor the exploitation” of their “own” energy resources, which means the possible arrival of new mining projects for lithium, rare earths , zinc, uranium, etc.
PP holds nuclear energy
In the same week where the Ministry for the Ecological Transition increased the renewable deployment goal of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan to 81%, Feijóo insisted that, if he reaches La Moncloa, his energy policy will be supported by nuclear technology. The conservative candidate has already made it clear that he intends to review the schedule for closing the seven active reactors to extend their activity beyond 2035. Such a move will have a billion-dollar cost due to the need for modernization and remodeling of some of the infrastructure currently in operation.