The government should ask people’s opinion in a public survey about renewable energy sources that could help Hungary tackle the energy crisis and “free the country from fossil fuels”, the deputy group leader of the opposition LMP party said on Monday. The energy crisis is caused by the country’s dependence on fossil fuel imports, not by sanctions against Russia, Máté Kanász-Nagy told a press conference, referring to the government’s “National Consultation” public survey launched last week on the sanctions which features a question on sanctions against gas. “Every measure that increases, and not reduces, our dependence on fossil fuels, will exacerbate the energy crisis,” he said. People should therefore be asked about solutions such as the authorisation of wind energy use, abolishing the tax on the use of solar energy and the implementation of building insulation programmes, Kanász-Nagy added.
“Instead of preparing people for the energy and climate crisis, which had been foreseeable, the government has exposed them to it,” he said. Kanász-Nagy regarded remarks made by two ministers in connection with the country’s energy policy as “self-critical”. He said that Finance Minister Mihály Varga had called gas imports “unsustainable” and the energy-saving programmes implemented in the past years “modest”. Kanász-Nagy also noted that Technology and Industry Minister László Palkovics had advocated the use of “a more diverse energy mix” in Hungary “now, when the era of cheap gas is over”.