New mandate forbids setting temperature above 19°C (66.2F).
People in Switzerland who violate the country’s new heating rules forbidding central heating above 19°C (66.2F) from now on face up to three years in prison.
Under the new rules, buildings that use gas heating systems are restricted to 19°C, while hot water can only be heated up to 60°C and radiant heaters are banned entirely. It will also be forbidden to heat swimming polls and saunas.
Switzerland is the latest country to begin climate lockdowns, with most of Europe facing them in some form or other this winter. For simply turning up their heating a degree over the new law the Swiss now face fines up to 3,000 Swiss francs ($30 to $3,050) and three years in prison. Utility companies and larger businesses face even more severe penalties for breaking the energy rationing rules.
Despite the brazenly authoritarian restrictions, Switzerland's Economy Minister, Guy Parmelin, claims, “We are not a police state,” then asserted police would perform “spot checks” to try to catch violators.
Many are now suggesting that, exactly as predicted, this is just a taste of the dystopian ‘net zero’ future where people who defy climate change ‘energy lockdowns’ face arrest and prison time. Another conspiracy theory that is coming true.
Numerous other European countries are introducing similar restrictions in the face of a worsening energy crisis following the shut down of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. In Spain, businesses that use air conditioning units to keep temperatures at anything below 27°C in summer or above 19°C in winter face onerous fines of up to €600,000 for “serious violations.”
It has also been predicted that the cost of living protests in the Czech Republic and Germany will spread around the continent, a prominent economist warned that European citizens are “mad with anger and it will worsen.”
French economist Charles Gave said many more people aren’t buying the narrative that Vladimir Putin is solely to blame for the crisis saying: “For the last 15 years, our European leaders have gone into a climate craze, promoting magic mirrors and windmills as the solution. It does not work. These solutions demand the same capacity in gas power plants,”