picture of Mátra Power Plant

LMP believes that the government should provide work in the renewable energy sector for employees of the Mátra Power Plant, Máté Kanász-Nagy said at a press conference streamed on Facebook Sunday.

Ruling party Fidesz had announced on Saturday that the power plant had to be kept operational to protect the jobs there, but LMP disputes this, according to the co-chair of the green party.

Hungary needs to start eliminating the use of fossil fuel energy, he said, as power plants based on coal, natural gas, and oil unnecessarily pollute the environment.

If we want to protect ourselves from the negative effects of climate change, we clearly have to move Hungary’s energy sources into renewable energy sources

– said Máté Kanász-Nagy.

Péter Ungár, an LMP Member of Parliament, said that the Mátra Power Plant emits 4.5 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, so until it shuts down Hungary is doing virtually nothing against climate change.

Ungár also stressed that the government should provide jobs in the renewable energy sector for Mátra workers, who would get more secure and better-paying jobs.

[Magyar Hang]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.