According to early indications from national radio SRF on Sunday, Swiss voters are likely to reject a new law that would assist the country reach its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement.
In a nationwide referendum held under the country’s direct democracy system, 51 percent of people voted against the new CO2 law, according to projections. The official outcome will be available later in the day.
As Switzerland strives to decrease carbon emissions to half of 1990 levels by 2030, the new law would have included measures such as raising a premium on auto gasoline and placing a levy on airline tickets.
In the binding referendums, 61 percent of voters rejected a proposal to ban artificial pesticides and another to enhance drinking water by redirecting subsidies to farmers who no longer use the chemicals.
Pesticides were connected to health hazards, according to supporters, while opponents said that a ban would result in higher food prices, job losses in the Swiss food processing industry, and a greater reliance on imports.