John Hassler's climate investigation arouses mixed reactions among debaters. Several of them believe, for example, that it is necessary to have national climate targets, alongside the EU's. Photo: Elima Mwinyipembe/Government Office.

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Week 43: Split opinions on Hassler's climate investigation

John Hassler's climate investigation has created shared opinions of svenska discussion and leader pages. Some see it as a possible positive change within climate change, at the same time as the discussion about Sweden's climate goals vis-à-vis the EU's guidelines intensifies - should Sweden have its own climate goals or ska The EU steers the way forward? 

According to SvD's lead writer Peter Wennblad, John Hassler's climate investigation could mean a positive change in the Swedish climate transition - and a greater achievement than both the earlier red-green government and the current government.

- It is not a statement of strength that a single economics professor manages to achieve in three months what an entire government has not achieved in a year, he writes.

Hassler's investigation raises the question of whether Sweden needs its own national climate goals or whether it is better to adapt based on the EU's goals. ETC's lead writer Rebecka Bohlin argues that national goals are necessary.

- Of course, all countries need their own national goals - preferably significantly more ambitious than the EU's, she writes.

In a response to Per Kågeson's debate article i SvD Debate Mattias Goldmann at the 2030 secretariat raises the argument that Sweden should set its own ambitious climate goals instead of solely relying on the goals that the EU has set.

- It is not, as Per Kågeson writes on SvD Debatt 22/10, that the defenders of the climate goals "do not understand" the new situation that has arisen - but that we see the advantages of continuing to lead, he writes.

ETC's lead writer Göran Greider is critical of Hassler's proposal to abolish the Swedish goal of a sharp reduction in emissions in the transport sector by 2030 and replace them with an electrification goal.

- The only problem is that when the original goal is swept away, the incentive to simply reduce car traffic, both the number of cars and the traffic, also disappears, he writes.

Other debaters claim that there should be alternative solutions that could be more flexible than Hassler's model. Four experts in climate and business life, for example, present a proposal for a "company-internal climate transition" i DN Debate.

John Hassler's climate investigation

Green investments are not enough

Rebecka Bohlin, Editorial writer, ETC Nyhetsmagasin

Economists cannot think clearly about the climate

Göran Greider, Editorial writer, Dagens ETC

"Swedish climate targets are meaningful"

Mattias Goldman, 2030 Secretariat, Expressen

"Let the companies manage their climate investments themselves"

Östen Ekengren, senior advisor, IVL Swedish Environmental Institute, Patrik Isaksson, head of unit, IVL Swedish Environmental Institute, Allan Larsson, senior advisor, Electricity Innovation, Lars Zetterberg, expert on emissions trading, IVL Swedish Environmental Institute, Dagens Nyheter

Finally, the climate is beginning to change

Peter Wennblad, Editorial writer, Svenska Dagbladet

Criticism of Greta Thunberg and Fridays for future

I feel sad that you are so blind, Greta

Shaked Shefy Cohen, vice president of the Israel society of ecology and environmental sciences, Expressen

Radicalization is the end of Greta's movement

Mattias Svensson, Editorial writer, Svenska Dagbladet

Greta Thunberg's movement spreads conspiracy theories and turns a blind eye to terrorism

Erik Helmerson, Editorial writer, Dagens Nyheter

It was reasonable that Greta Thunberg apologized

Rasmus Hansson, Editorial writer, Aftonbladet 

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