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LMP launches petition against stepping up firewood production

The opposition LMP launched a petition against government measures to increase the use of firewood, LMP lawmaker Bernadett Bakos said on Sunday.

As part of the effort to combat the energy crisis, the government eased restrictions on tree-felling in a decree published on Thursday, drawing criticism from opposition parties which said the measure undermined climate protection efforts.

Bakos told a press conference that no other government in Europe was trying to ease the energy crisis by “cutting down forests”. The measure is short-term damage control rather than a solution, she said.

LMP called for the decree to be withdrawn immediately.

The petition garnered 13,000 signatures on the first day, Bakos said. The party is holding a protest in front of the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday, she said.


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