Jobbik: Fidesz cares more about its business interests than the environment and climate change

The preservation of our environment or the climate change must not be partisan issues, said Jobbik MP Tibor Nunkovics in his Wednesday press conference held in front of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture. Describing an ideal scenario, he noted that politicians, NGOs and professionals should coordinate their efforts to minimize the negative impacts of climate change. According to Mr Nunkovics, Fidesz has failed to meet even the minimal expectations as Hungary’s governing party employs its propaganda media to downplay these key issues, “not unlike the way it was done by the Communists”. The MP also reminded the journalists of the carbon dioxide emission agreement that Viktor Orbán had refused to sign in Brussels.

“Why have environment protection efforts been undermined in Hungary, along with the relevant institutions and legislation? - Mr Nunkovics asked, noting that he held his press conference in front of the Agriculture Ministry’s building because the management of environment protection affairs was integrated into this ministry, which in the MP’s opinion clearly indicates that the government “couldn’t care less” about these matters.

“Why don’t they care?”

Jobbik’s MP suggested that the reason why President of the Republic János Áder, who considers himself as a green politician, is reluctant to address these issues is because Fidesz cares more about its business interests which can be more efficiently enforced if they are not hindered by such matters as environment protection and climate change. Mr Nunkovics also noted that “Maybe I’m wrong and this is not really important. Maybe Lajos Kósa is right and this is just a bushfire.”

Hungarian public forums have hot debates about Fidesz MP Lajos Kósa who, speaking on Radio Kossuth, called the Brazilian forest fire “a bushfire”. Peace March organizer András Bencsik presented an equally successful argument on pro-government HirTV when he used a football to demonstrate that the Brazilian rain forest was not quite so large and “there are a couple more square kilometres on Earth which don’t belong to Brazil”.

Fidesz believes the local population is more harmful to the environment than a mine

MP Nunkovics also told the media about a public forum held in the town of Pilisvörösvár, where the government is planning to reopen a mine that has been inactive for decades. Local citizens unanimously agree that they don’t want the mine to be reopened. Reassuring the local community of his support for their cause, Jobbik’s MP said he was going to submit a motion to the Parliament to prevent the reopening of the Pilis mine or the implementation of any similar projects without asking the opinion of the people first in a local referendum.

 Interestingly enough, the public forum was also attended by Fidesz’ regional MP Sándor Hadházy, who first said he opposed the idea of reopening the mine and acknowledged its negative environmental impacts but then he argued that the 300 thousand people who had moved from Budapest to the region had actually had a much worse impact on the environment than the reopening of the mine.


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