Merkel No Longer Backs World Climate Treaty
That’s the headline announcing a report in the upcoming issue of Der Spiegel. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is retreating from the objective of reducing global CO2 emissions through a binding global treaty. http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/vorab/0,1518,691013,00.html.
…Merkel wants to avoid another debacle for Germany and Europe in the UN climate negotiations.
According to Der Spiegel, the climate conference that began in Petersberg near Bonn on Sunday shifts the focus to climate protection measures that can lead to measurable results without a binding treaty.
Federal Minister of the Environment Norbert Röttgen of Merkel’s CDU party told SPIEGEL of the new approach:
It’s not about giving up on the 2°C target; rather it is about finding new ways to reach it. At Petersburg we want to create a new level on which we not only want to reach CO2 targets from the top, but also to start projects from the bottom that lead to measurable results.
This includes protection of forests and more concrete cooperation in the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies.
Make no mistake about it, without the cooperation of Germany any global binding treaty mandating CO2 reductions becomes extremely unlikely, and that sends a clear signal that global Cap & Trade is all but dead. The US Senate can (and should) now kill Cap & Trade for good.
H/t: Rudolf Kipp at http://www.science-skeptical.de/
UPDATE…read the entire Der Spiegel article here in English (h/t Brian H): http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,691194,00.html