Since the court pulled nitrogen policy off the table in 2019, there has been a lot of criticism of how nitrogen emissions and precipitation are measured. The previous government had a committee headed by Hordik to investigate the matter. Conclusion: Metrics are ‘enough for good’, but there are points for improvement.
According to Hordecke, these points of improvement were taken out of context by MPs. “We know a lot about nitrogen,” he recently told NU.nl. “Of course it could always be more subtle, but that wouldn’t change the pattern we see now physically.” Other experts also say the measurements are correct.
Hundreds of scholars recently expressed concerns in a letter sent to them about suspicion of scholars in parliamentary debates. They asked for a “stronger stance” against politicians who violate their parliamentary immunity to “raise baseless accusations and allegations against scholars”.