Merkel’s Lead Minister Signals Germany Ready To Give Up Leadership Role Against Climate Change!

Germany appears poised to make a fundamental course correction in its climate and energy policy.

Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier says the days of going-it-alone on climate protection are about to end. Photo source: here.

Germany has long been a steadfast and influential proponent of “climate protection”. Also the country’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), directed by climate doomsday professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, has been one of the most influential European players in underpinning the science that has shaped Europe’s stringent  climate policy. The PIK has worked relentlessly in close partnership with the UN and North American climate institutes.

That construct, however, may soon be dealt a serious blow as one of Angela Merkel’s closest ministers, Peter Altmaier, told a group of industry leaders that Germany’s days of “going-it-alone on climate protection” are about to end — this according to the highly reputable online Die Welt here.

As Germany’s power industry reels from massive multi-billion euro record losses and power consumers get left in the dark by the hundreds of thousands as power supply gets cut off, the German government may finally be realizing that its climate and energy policy has only wrought tremendous pain and no benefit.

Daniel Wetzel of Die Welt writes:

In climate protection Germany has always played the roles of a front-runner and a model pupil. This now appears to be over.”

Last Friday at the ritzy Hotel Adlon in Berlin, Chancellery Minister Peter Altmaier spoke before a group of business leaders and CEOs, and reportedly reaped thunderous applause when he signaled “the expensive climate-political go-it-alone” by Germany “may soon be over“.

According to Die Welt, Altmaier said: “I am totally convinced that the path of national targets is false” and what’s needed in the near future are “European and international targets“.

So far Germany’s approach has not worked, and has been sharply criticized by industry and environmental economists, who say it “has not saved one extra gram of CO2 under the roof of the European Emissions Trading.”

Whether Altmaier’s views get implemented by the Merkel government remains to be seen. However, the movement to relax the country’s draconian climate protection policies appear to be gaining steam. Die Welt writes that Altmaier’s position are also in agreement with the recently minted “energylab 2030” energy concept by leaders of Merkel’s CDU party:

Special national targets for climate protection are counter-productive and thus fundamentally should be dropped.”

Die Welt writes that the German government finally may have realized that its grandstanding target of reducing CO2 emissions twice as fast as the rest of Europe had been “over-ambitious”.

What could have led to these signals of fundamental course change? Die Welt’s Wetzel ends the article by writing:

Among experts it is sure that the federal government’s bold promise made in 2010 of cutting back CO2 emissions 40% by the end of the decade will be significantly missed.”

 

40 responses to “Merkel’s Lead Minister Signals Germany Ready To Give Up Leadership Role Against Climate Change!”

  1. AndyG55

    And one eye starts to painfully open as Germany’s drunken anti-CO2 stupor starts to wear off.

    Will it jump to full wakefulness, or will the leftist agenda drag it back into its current, near comatose, condition. !

  2. crosspatch

    Germany’s economy will never reach its full potential as long as her nuclear plants are shut.

    1. SebastianH

      Please describe the full potential then. Is France (a lot of nuclear power) doing so much better?

      1. Nigel S

        France has a lot of Socialism too.

  3. DirkH

    Germany is controlled by a majority female electorate that neither understands nor cares for reason, economy or national self-preservation as long as the welfare and the alimonies flow. MERKEL as a female and a DDR marxist was always good for redistributing resources their way.

    Will the CDU reverse course? I believe it when I see it. Talk is cheap. The party is 100% power hungry and nothing beyond that.

    1. sod

      “Germany is controlled by a majority female electorate that neither understands nor cares for reason, economy or national self-preservation as long as the welfare and the alimonies flow.”

      It must really hurt you, that the majority of girls has more brainpower than you ever had (and it has been in steep decline lately..)

      Your analysis based ion gender is plain out stupid.

      1. Mark M

        “It must really hurt you, that the majority of girls has more brainpower than you ever had …”

        Perhaps, but in my experience 97% describes the percentage of true believers that are complete science illiterates:

        Women’s Day at Portland State: “Jail the Climate Deniers!”
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO_axIEvHJc

        1. AndyG55

          “Perhaps, but in my experience 97% describes the percentage of true believers that are complete science illiterates”

          Sob is certainly in that 97% of scientific illiterates.. proven time and time and time again.

  4. sod

    To give people here a handful of informations:

    * “Die Welt” is an extremely conservative (basically right wing) paper, published by “Springer” which is also publishing the fascist tabloid “Bild”.

    * basically all “Die Welt” articles reposted here (90%? could someone check the percentage please?) were written by the same single author, Daniel Wetzel, who really hates renewables.

    * the party ruling Germany at the moment and Mr Altmeier who is mentioned in the article belong to the CDU, a conservative party, apart as far from renewable energy (and communism, by the way) as one can only be.

    * there will be an election this september and the parties are trying to look different from each other (“strengthening their profiles”) This explains about 90% of what is said and done these days by politicians.

    * I think that Altmeier is wrong, but the mechanism he is talking about is real: When Germany over achieves renewable targets, other countries benefit and underachieve on purpose. so a european mechanism is much better than a German one (a conservative party of course hopes, that european targets fail , so it is just another way of saying “let us do nothing at all”).

    1. AndyG55

      * “Die Welt” is an extremely conservative (basically right wing) paper”

      Says far-left loonie sob, to whom basically everything must seem right wing. !!

    2. Colorado Wellington

      A lefty loon describes Bild as fascist. Agrees with Erdogan that Germany is overrun by fascists.

      1. sod

        what are you talking about? Tabloid “Bild” is obviously hard core right wing, in my humble opinion a fascist paper.

        1. Colorado Wellington

          In the future, everyone will be Hitler for 15 minutes.

          No reason to be humble, sod. You are the revolutionary avant-garde. Calling it today.

        2. AndyG55

          “is obviously hard core right wing”

          BS.. You are so far left , even Karl Marx would seem to the right of you.

          One thing for certain.. you don’t even know what “right” is… you are perpetually WRONG

    3. toorightmate

      I would like to vote for Daniel Wetzel, because he really hates renewables.

  5. Graeme No.3

    Election coming? What changes has he in mind? Have sod and SebastionH given approval?

    1. SebastianH

      Is it like this where you come from? Do politician have to ask for approval of certain citizens?

      1. David Johnson

        Environmentalists Seb and Sob take note) : Definition. Supporters of democracy but only when it suits them.

        1. AndyG55

          Seb and sob are NOT environmentalists.

          They don’t give a toss about the environment…

          … if they did they would be fighting for increased atmospheric CO2, not wanting it to go back down to plant death levels.

          1. sod

            “Seb and sob are NOT environmentalists.”

            yeah, it is great how you have personally been protecting birds & co before wind power showed up….

          2. AndyG55

            So now you are cheering on the bird mincing wind-turdines…

            You really are the lowest form of human life, sob !!

            NEVER giving one tiny care about the environment.

            …. just like most of your fellow far-left degenerates.

          3. sod

            “NEVER giving one tiny care about the environment.”

            i have been active for environmental protection for about my whole life. I am still a member of the BUND.

            So what have you done?

          4. AndyG55

            LIAR !

            You have proven time and time again that you couldn’t give a stuff about the environment

            You worship wind turbine, FFS !!

            You little environmentalist FANTASY is destroyed.

  6. LL

    I wouldn’t believe anything that came from Merkel or CDU. This is just to get votes nothing more. They get on Government and they’ll do it again.

  7. Renzo Riva
  8. D. Byers

    Germany is still a BETTER run country than America!!!

    1. Philip Verslues

      Now that we’ve gotten rid of Obama and Hillary, That will change with Trump in the White House.

  9. CO2isLife

    Its about time, and I wouldn’t call it “leadership,” a person that drives a bus off a cliff doesn’t qualify as a “leader.” The people that never allow the people to get on the bus in the first place are the leaders. To show you how ridiculous this entire field of climate “science” is, just read and forward the below article to Merkle:

    There are no continual thermometer records to prove warming. The one chart is from Berlin going back to 1701 and it shows no warming.
    Climate “Science” on Trial; Temperature Records Don’t Support NASA GISS
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/climate-science-on-trial-temperature-records-dont-support-nasa-giss/

  10. Alfred (Melbourne)

    Sadly, it will take a lot more than that to stop the rampant alarmism.

  11. D. Byers

    I miss Germany and there lifestyle (Respect and Knowledge).Why I came back to America I don’t know? Maybe I’ts because I couldn’t find a job after 90 day’s.And German LAW is if your from another country and no work after 90 days.You must leave.And to think my Father fought to free Germany in W.W.2!!

  12. AndyG55

    meanwhile, in Alaska

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/12/game-changer-huge-alaskan-oil-find/

    FOSSIL FUELS RULE !!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    And that means a continuance of atmospheric CO2 growth, to the benefit of ALL people on the planet..

    Yes.. even the alarmista can be allowed to benefit…

    … unless they really do want to go back to the dark ages, which I very much doubt.

    So don’t fret sob, your latte’s and pancakes will be safe.

    And seb. Plenty for your Mercedes 😉

  13. Nigel S

    PG Wodhouse stayed at the Adlon from 1941, he would have enjoyed this farce. We have the terrifying Aunts and the idiots from the Drones Club but what we lack unfortunately is Jeeves to extract us from the bouillon.

  14. Lubos Motl

    It would be a modest adjustment of Germany’s environmental policy – as modest as when Eva Braun and her new husband made their first bold post-wedding decision together. 😉

    1. sod

      another utterly shocking comment. You just lost the debate, of course!

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  16. CO2isLife

    Climate “Science” on Trial; Germany Builds Wind Farms While NATO Burns

    One of the most outrageous examples of how climate “science” totally distorts national priorities and misallocates resources is how Germany is spending an absolute fortune on fighting climate change while failing to meet their NATO obligations of spending 2% of their GDP on defense….
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