Swedes don't think climate change is good thing to spend on.


Forum Staff
Apr 2013
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From the in depth analytical minds that gave you:

American Thinker according to Wikipedia:
The magazine has been described as a conservative blog.[6][7] Right Wing Watch points out that American Thinker has published an excessively complimentary piece on a white nationalist, claimed women ruined public discourse by complaining about rape, and asserted that rainbow-colored Doritos are a "gateway snack to introduce children to the joys of homosexuality."[8]

So pardon me if I take this with the smallest grain of salt you ever saw.
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Feb 2007
Hmmm...The newspaper article cited in the American Thunker article stated the following.:

Swedish climate policy is the worst waste of the year 2019. At least when the Swedish people are allowed to decide. Climate policy is therefore awarded the award by the Taxpayers' Waste Ombudsman.

- The government has more than doubled the appropriations for climate policy, but despite this, emissions no longer decrease. In 2018, emissions even increased. That is why climate policy has been voted the worst waste of the year, says Johan Gustafsson, Waste Ombudsman at the Taxpayers' Association.

With over 18,000 votes, it was a new record in the number of votes for the competition's worst waste of the year and 30 percent of the votes landed on climate policy. (snip)

Allocations to climate policy have more than doubled in recent years, while emissions have basically ceased to decrease. In the government's budget for 2020, 12.6 billion [krona, equivalent to $1.3 billion] is allocated for climate policy, compared with 5.2 billion in 2014. But despite this, emissions no longer decrease. Last year, emissions increased even marginally.
So, regardless of the methodology of said poll which could be questionable, I suppose this means that upwards of 70% of the votes were regarding other forms of spending which were considered as being the worst waste.

And, considering the methodology of said poll, what were the other forms of spending and how were they listed in said poll, particularly since inherent bias against climate policy could certainly exist in said polling based on the manner in which those other forms of spending are listed in the polling questionnaire?



Forum Staff
Oct 2010
That "responsible women" article is the purest of right-wing, macho nattering. To "the poll."

It was held by the Swedish Taxpayers' Association, formed in 1921. Every year the members of the organization have a poll. It's not open to the Swedish public. Only members can vote. So this is a lie:

The Swedish Taxpayers Association conducted a poll that received 18,000 replies, and found that spending on climate is regarded as the worst waste of tax money in 2019. Via Google Translate, the newspaper Skattebetalarna reports:
Swedish climate policy is the worst waste of the year 2019. At least when the Swedish people are allowed to decide.

It's not the Swedish public, rather the members of the Swedish Taxpayer Association.

Lie, lie, lie, what else do right-wingers do?

Who made the claim?
To get to the source of this we have to introduce two organizations: Skattebetalarnas Förening and a related project Slöseriombundsmannen. Both links are in Swedish. I could not find authoritative information in English but Skattebetalarnas Förening has a page on Wikipedia, with the English name Swedish Taxpayers' Association where we can read that it is…
…an association and taxpayers union in Sweden which advocates low taxes and efficiency in the public sector. The association was first founded in 1921…
In 2010 they started up a new project, Slöseriombudsmannen, where Slöseri can be loosely translated to waste. Wikipedia has this to say in English:
The association has a member working as Waste Mediator (“slöseriombudsmannen”) who has the responsibility to review the public funds used by the politicians and officials.
What is the claim?
Every year Slöseriombudsmannen holds a contest where the members can vote for what they believe has been the most wasteful use of taxpayer's money. I think the result is published here but I could not find a detailed summary about all the choices and specific questions. Here is some of the relevant information in that link:
  • Over 18,000 people voted.
    • The "winner" got 30% of the votes.
It also contains the motivation and background. It's not so much that it's bad to spend money on the environment, it's more that the money is spent on the wrong things and that it can be shown that what has been spent so far has not helped, but maybe even made it worse. They list a few specific projects like tax deductions for electric vehicles.
Do Swedes believe climate change spending to be the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2019?
30% of 18,000 tax-critical Swedes believe that the specific spending were the biggest waste of taxpayer money. I will leave this up to a statistician to decide if this can be applied to the whole population.

Sep 2019
Kind of a shock to the snowflakes.
Why do you bother everyone else and waste server space with such drivel? We all know your game already and dismiss you accordingly.
Sep 2014
Why do you bother everyone else and waste server space with such drivel? We all know your game already and dismiss you accordingly.
Speaking of drivel, have you watched Great Thunder trying to work without a net? She's clueless. Everything she says is scripted by her father. She's nothing but a puppet.