Apparently climate change is not an issue important enough for the German chancellor to devote her time to.
Merkel “a total no-show”
German Leftist Party climate and energy politician Lorenz Gösta Beutin said:
Climate-politically Merkel is a total no show: In Paris the head of the German government could have sent a powerful signal in support of implementing the UN Climate Treaty, and against the unspeakable anti-climate protection course of President Donald Trump, who announced the USA’s withdrawal from the Climate Accord and requested renegotiations. Instead the federal government sent Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, who had to explain that Germany would resoundingly miss its self-stated climate targets.”
International “faux pas”
The “One Planet Summit” in Paris was held by France, the United Nations and the World bank. Reutin commented further:
That Angela Merkel did not attend the climate conference – where over 50 state and government heads from all around the world wanted to push ahead the historic Paris climate protection accord from two years ago – is a disgrace par excellence. After an embarrassing appearance at the UN climate conference in Bonn, where the chancellor only delivered empty words instead of concrete measures, the self-proclaimed climate chancellor demonstrated a faux pas on the international stage.”
The neoliberal belief held by French President Emmanuel Macron that the free market and private capital would put the brakes on global warming and remove the damage to climate change caused by man and nature is faulty. Capitalism functions only through unbridled growth and the profit of a few. It is the cause, not the solution, of humanity-problem climate change.
The LINKE (LEFTISTS) demand the introduction of a financial transaction tax, whose revenue would in part be allocated to southern countries as climate change support funds. Also the industrialized countries must meet their obligations and pay 100 billion dollars annually into the Green Climate Fund beginning in 2020, and do so without offsetting already existing development aid funds.“