Stop the expansion of Preem refinery in Sweden

This campaign aims to convince Swedish courts and politicians to follow the agreed Climate law and Paris agreement and stop the expansion of Preem refinary in Lysekil. In times where we know we quickly have to phase out our dependence of fossil fuels and heavily reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide, it seems irrational, ill-advised and irresponsible to give a Saudi oil company permission to double its carbon dioxide emissions and further detain us in this destructive direction.

In November 2018, Swedish Land and Environment court authorized Preem to expand their refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, thereby doubling the plant’s already heavy carbon dioxide emissions to a shocking 3,5 billion tons a year without a time limit. This decision was taken after Sweden signed the Paris agreement, after Sweden instituted a new climate law and just a few weeks after IPCC’s report was released. In short, Swedish authorities knows that we must heavily reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and phase out our dependence on fossil fuels in order to limit the impact of climate change. So, why did Preem get a permission from Swedish authorities? Are the laws that toothless or are we not following the laws?

A private company’s investment of 15 billions in fossil fuels should, in the light of what we know about climate change, be both unprofitable and impossible in 2019. Companies and states should have to invest all available resources in the development in alternatives to fossil fuels instead of expanding an infrastructure that further captures us in the dependence on them.

Stopping the expansion of Preem refinery in Lysekil is an important issue in many ways, first of all to prevent the actual increased emissions of carbon dioxide, and not only that, approving this expansion also legitimizes continued investments in fossil fuels, despite the fact that all the world's research shows that we must move quickly in the opposite direction! This means that this is a symbolical issue and a crossroad: will Sweden continue to deny the implications of climate change or should we follow the ambitious goals and visions formulated in the agreed climate law?

In March 19th 2019 the Swedish Climate Policy Council handed its report to the Swedish Government, proposing that " the Government should introduce legislation that, in addition to the usual permit examination under the Environmental Code and the Industrial Emissions Directive, gives the government the opportunity to test new activities that may affect the climate". One of the Climate Policy Council's points in the report is to introduce legislation that gives the government the right to test the establishment of activities that counteract the possibilities of achieving the national climate goals. This is obviously highly relevant in the case of Preem refinery in Lysekil.

The institutions of society should protect common interest, not the interests of companies and private organizations. And today this means that the institutions and laws created over the last century is out of date and no longer can protect us, so they need to change. And good news! Institutions and laws are socially constructed and formed by us, together, and they can only be legitimate as long as we continue to give them legitimacy. It has become time for us to radically change the system, and it has been done before. History lets us remember the brave women and men in politics and in courts that has changed laws and institutions and thereby changed the paths of mankind. This is why we urge Mark- och miljööverdomstolen to be brave, to have the guts to choose to interpret the climate law as binding and therefore rule against the expansion of the Preem refinery in Lysekil. We believe it is time to demand that the climate law and the Paris agreement is respected by our politicians and institutions. Because soon it may be too late for warnings. Our generation has a time-limited opportunity to limit climate change and stop a total disaster.

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5 comments

Ingmar Rentzhog
1 month ago

The protest works! The Swedish Court will take the case in 2020 #preem www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/JoLWL4/preembygge-tas-upp-i-domstol-efter-stora-protester

David Olsson
1 month ago

Hello, Today the court ruling is expected. And this morning we sent your collective climate warning in an email to the Swedish court and selected Swedish politicians and media. Thank you for standing up on this issue and our future on this planet 🌎 /David, We Don’t Have Time

Johannes Luiga
1 month ago

The text below is written by David Olsson who is the cofounder if We Don’t Have Time. Dear Friend of 🌏 I’m David, co-founder of We Don’t Have Time, and you receive this message because you have agreed to the campaign “Stop the expansion of Preem refinery in Sweden”. Yes, this is indeed a time when we should be closing oil refineries, not expand them. The protests against this project have caused the Swedish court “Mark och miljööverdomstolen” to postpone their final decision until Monday June 17. This is a victory for us. But the battle is not over yet. In fact, we can do more. If you go ahead and share the campaign on social media, we increase the number of agrees and spread awareness of the issue. And our collective stance grows stronger. Before the court's decision on June 17, we will send a notification to the Swedish court and selected media. Let’s make this message as strong as possible by recruiting new agrees. You can easily find the share button on the campaign page, or go directly to our social media posts, and share them:

Alice Strand
3 months ago

Thank you for your campaign and congratulations for level 2. A message has been sent to the recipient.

Ingmar Rentzhog
3 months ago

Really clever to target This campaign to land and the environmental court.

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