The online daily Abendblatt here and media all over Germany report that the country will not pass its climate protection act, which was supposed to be voted on tomorrow, thus meaning the Germany will come to the Marrakesh world climate conference later this month without any plan for decarbonizing its society.
Last June German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks put forth the Climate Protection Plan 2050 with the aim of starting the “climate-friendly transformation of society”. The plan called for reducing CO2 emissions 40% by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels) and 80 – 95% by 2050.
However the plan was quickly and “radically” gutted out by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Office, Economics Minister/Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Transportation Minister Alexander Dolbridt and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. The plan’s rejection sent a loud signal that the country was deeply divided on the issue, and that there were in fact other priorities far outweighing “climate protection”.
Plan withdrawn from a vote
The Ministry of Environment’s Climate Protection Plan 2050 was designed to systematically decarbonize German energy production, industry, transportation and agriculture by 2050, and was scheduled to be ratified by the German Bundeskabinett tomorrow, just in time for the world climate conference in Morocco, which starts next week.
However Minister Hendricks announced that she was withdrawing the latest plan, and thus it will not go up for a vote tomorrow. The reason, according to Klimaretter here: “It’s not ready for ratification.”
The move to allow the plan to fall apart sent a wave of surprise across the country as it signals that Germany will come to Morocco with no official commitment to substantially reduce CO2 emissions. Hendricks will attempt a new vote in December, long after the end of the Morocco conference.
“Unscientific hodgepodge of measures”
This is a devastating signal coming from a country often viewed as one of the leading proponents of CO2 reduction and climate protection. Initially Germany wanted to showcase it’s commitment to CO2 reductions, and so in Morocco serve as an example for responsible behavior to the rest of the world. Now Europe’s most powerful economy will have nothing to show, and Europe’s leadership on the issue appears seriously compromised.
According to the Abendblatt, Michael Fuchs of Merkel’s CDU party called Hendricks’s draft plan “an unscientific hodgepodge of measures” and that climate strategy has to be foremost focused on innovation and technology.
Leading environmental groups and environmental activists blasted the government’s gutting out and opposition to the climate protection plan, calling it an “embarrassment” that Germany will show up in Morocco with no official intention of cutting back its emissions.
23 responses to “Shock…Germany To Come To Marrakesh Conference Empty-Handed! Withdraws Climate Protection Plan!”
Is the pfennig finally dropping in German political circles that spending vast sums on windmills and solar power is a non-solution to a non-problem? Let’s hope so.
Good work Pierre, the message is getting through. We need to apply pressure to the UK govt, which says it will ratify the Paris climate treaty next week.
It seems the Germany is seeing how the game is played. Any government that legislates CO2 emissions targets will later have to fight legal actions brought against it, usually with child plaintiffs. Better to get real; the embarrassment is only in the eye of the beholder.
Marrakesh ! ?
I should have been a UN climate adviser.
Lots of travel to neat places.
Lots of money.
And doing nothing qualifies as success.
If my HS adviser were alive, we would have a long talk about career choice.
Right. And my mother would whip me with a Hickory stick if I did the things those folks do.
With a mom like that, how could you turn out anything but OK? 🙂
Could it be that it beginning to dawn on them, even if only unconsciously, that like the bloodletting of old, harming oneself to make oneself better is NOT going to work?
One can only hope.
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It seems that Germany is seeing how the game is played. Any government that legislates CO2 emissions targets will later have to fight legal actions brought against it, usually with child plaintiffs. Better to get real; the embarrassment is only in the eye of the beholder.
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” decarbonizing its society”
What is food made of?
NaCl, KCl, NaI, …
and synthetic non-carbon food colouring
” decarbonizing its society”
What are Germans made of?
Well listen guys.
The strategy of the nominally conservative CDU under CDU was to take the voters from the socialdemocrats and from the Greens by being more socialdemocrat and more green than them.
This strategy has broken down; as it lead to a total opening of the border for uncontrolled immigration. Of course this immigration pleases socialdemocrat and green voters very much indeed, but the CDU lost all conservative voters – finally – and got exposed as fraudsters claiming to be conservative when they are just macchiavellian.
The CDU at this point in time is a burning empty shell. They are entirely desperate. They will now be wiped out between the old leftist and the new right, the AfD, who took their voters.
There is *NO* rational decisionmaking at the CDU, nor has there been for the past 10 years. They are *fraudsters* who successfully ran an imitation of a political party.
In other words: If the CDU fraudsters would feel it saved their skin to prohibit meat consumption they would do it. If they felt outlawing central heatings would do it, they would do that.
One of them in fact just proposed a sugar tax. Of course because of a rising “diabetes epidemic”. They have *NO* concept of personal freedom. But they pretend to.
They will do and say ANYTHING to cling to power.
The CDU deays not only that Climate Protection = Civilisation dismantling act; they also delay the decision whether Merkel will run for chancellor again.
Different factions of the fraudsters are currently fighting over the control of the rudder of that burning ship.
This will get WORSE not better. Kiss the CDU goodbye, and good riddance: it was a fraudulent enterprise from the getgo.
The other govt party, the socialdemocrat SPD, on the other hand, are honest, complete lunatics.
No fraudsters there. Honest nutcases.
I think that Achangel Gabriel from the SPD sees the reality in energy matters – he often made remarks in that direction.
I’d like to see regulations on the maximum amount of sugar in processed food, people would still have the freedom to add more sugar themselves to their food and drink.
I don’t. Clear labeling, ok. Because – what is “processed” food? I have some glucose bars with me at all times – in case I run out of energy in the middle of nowhere. I use bikes to get around. You won’t believe how many calories you need once you have to propel yourself around with muscle power. I want politicians to stay out of my life from now to eternity.
“If the CDU fraudsters would feel it saved their skin to prohibit meat consumption they would do it. If they felt outlawing central heatings would do it, they would do that.”
Worse: dumb. (To be blunt.)
Didn’t realize you are a conspiracy theorist too. But it figures.
Thank you Pierre for this “electrifying” news (not from windpower :-)) We certainly follow the German scene closely in Norway, although my bet is the MSM will not write about this particular climate alarmism collapse.
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