Looks like Donald Trump is having the last laugh after he warned Europe about relying on Russia for their energy supply and the E.U.’s so-called green energy policies. The Daily Mail reports, citing a Swiss news source, that Helvetia is considering fines up to 3,000 Swiss Francs or imprisonment for people who heat their homes above 19C (66 degrees Fahrenheit):
Speaking to Blick, Markus Sporndli, who is a spokesman for the Federal Department of Finance, explained that the rate for fines on a daily basis could start at 30 Swiss Francs (£26).
He added that the maximum fine could be up to 3,000 Swiss Francs (£2,667).
And companies who deliberately go over their gas quotas could face punishment.
Additionally, according to the potential measures, temperatures in gas-heated buildings can be no more than 19C (66.2F), with water heated up to 60C (140F).
Not a good situation when considering what the U.S. National Institutes of Health have said:
People who are sick may have special problems keeping warm. Do not let it get too cold inside and dress warmly. Even if you keep your temperature between 60°F and 65°F, your home or apartment may not be warm enough to keep you safe.
The NIH also says:
“Parents and caregivers should dress infants in light clothing for sleep and keep rooms at a temperature comfortable for adults,” said Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., director of the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
However, parents have to be careful since covering up a baby or infant too much can result in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Plus also 65 degrees or colder isn’t necessarily comfortable for adults anyway. But Switzerland’s proposal demonstrates that environmental proposals are nothing more than socialism with a green thumb.