A new Dutch proposal would put climate at the center of national politics. The law has bipartisan support and uses transparency and accountability to ensure politicians adhere to the goals.
A coalition of seven Dutch political parties recently unveiled a climate policy proposal that is breathtaking in its ambition. If it becomes law, it will codify the most stringent targets for greenhouse gas reductions of any country in the world. There are still several steps between the proposal and passage, including debate in both houses of Parliament, and lawmakers may make changes. But given the broad political support — the parties involved control 113 of 150 seats in Parliament — it is widely expected to pass in something like its current form by late next summer. It would be the world’s eighth national climate law (after the UK , Mexico, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, and Sweden), but it boasts a few features that make it particularly notable. It’s bipartisan! Or rather, heptapartisan. Here in the US, we’ve grown depressingly accustomed to climate battles breaking down along partisan lines: Democrats push (inadequate) solutions ; Republicans deny that the problem exists or that anything needs to be done about it. In contrast, the Dutch proposal is supported by a coalition of parties ranging from the far left to the center-right, together representing a large majority of seats in the Dutch Parliament. […]