Newcomer Fenna Swart Will Take 15 Stopera Seats: ‘We’ll Take Down City Council’

Newcomer Fenna Swart Will Take 15 Stopera Seats: 'We'll Take Down City Council'

IJburger Fenna Swart will participate in the municipal elections in March. the In recent years, Swart has campaigned vigorously against biomass on behalf of the Clean Air Commission. A difference of opinion over the arrival of the Wattenfall power station in Diemen caused Swart to resign as GroenLinks County Councilor in IJburg. She will now attempt to enter Stopera with her St3m team. Her ambitions wouldn’t be: “We’re going on 15 seats.”

“We think we’re really going to wipe out the current city council, because everybody’s done with it,” says Swart. It should be clear: the plans of the anti-biomass activist are big. “We are a very practical movement with a lot of residents who are not only involved in the city, but also have a lot of experience and knowledge. More experience and knowledge from the current responsible policy makers.”

In recent years, Swart has primarily profiled himself in the energy transition debate. This is what happened in March of this year fierce discussion news hour With GroenLinks leader Jesse Claver about biomass. So the question that arises is to what extent her new party will be broadly oriented.

However, Swart assures us, “We’re not a party to a single issue. That’s why we also say: common-sense energy transmission. Then we also talk about wind turbines. Residents also don’t want them in their backyards…and we don’t want biomass factories. But Anyway: How do we deal with gas The current city council says: We want to get rid of gas as quickly as possible, but there is absolutely no alternative.

This “common sense energy transmission” is one of the party’s three spearheads, and is denoted by the “3” in St3m. “Furthermore, we want to go back to an impartial city council, in which the council again enters into discussion with the residents. And third, we want the city council to provide clear frameworks again so that the residents know where they are. Clarity is now completely gone,” says Black.


Back to biomass. Because “no” to this form of energy transmission logically means that the city’s heat networks must supply heat in a different way. how do you do that?

“Good question,” says Swart. “At the moment, the most important thing is redistribution of stimulus subsidies, large-scale insulation and investment in innovative hydro and geothermal energy. There is a lot of water, also here in IJburg. But there is also structurally a little money going there, making It means that in five years you can still say: There are no alternatives. And that changes the moment you start investing money massively in promising initiatives that are already being implemented, but receive very little attention on a structural basis.”

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