What happened with Germany′s climate protection plan? 

Posted: November 6, 2016 by oldbrew in climate, government, Politics
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Germany will attend the COP22 climate summit in Morocco 'empty-handed', say critics.

Germany will attend the COP22 climate summit in Morocco ’empty-handed’, say critics.

The whole idea of a ‘climate protection plan’, as well as sounding like some sort of insurance racket, is loaded with suspect assumptions about supposed effects of human activities on the inherent natural variation of Earth’s ocean-atmosphere system.

DW.COM reports on what’s seen by some as Germany’s Moroccan climate embarrassment, as some of its own top politicians put a spanner in the works.

Germany’s failure to approve a national climate plan to bring to the table at the UN international climate conference has sparked a round of finger-pointing over who is responsible for the blow to the country’s green reputation.

German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has vented her frustration over the prospect of representing her country at the talks in Marrakesh next week without any concrete measures on how it plans to meet the goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

For a country so proud of being one of the earlier nations to ratify the Paris Agreement that sets out this goal, it is a significant loss of face. What happened?

Eleven months on from the Paris Agreement, the Climate Protection Plan 2050 was supposed to show Germany’s contribution to pledges made as part of the vaunted climate treaty. The plan lays out how Germany will move away from fossil fuels and achieve its coal of cutting CO2 emissions up to 95 percent by 2050.

Hendricks presented a draft plan in April 2016, but many measures and objectives were removed at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel before it was sent to the other ministries.

Bit by bit, the original contents of the draft have been chipped away, in particular by the agriculture and transport ministries. But even in its watered-down form, it still failed to meet the approval of cabinet ministers, who had been due to sign it on Wednesday – they are now expected to approve the plan in December.

The diluted version of the proposal abandons a timetable to exit coal-fired power generation and scrapping C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors. Instead, the new version proposes measures to ensure Germany will be “largely” greenhouse-gas neutral by the middle of this century.

Beyond Germany
How do other countries view Germany stalling on its climate change plan?

Asad Rehman, head of international climate at Friends of the Earth in the United Kingdom, told DW the delay “sends the wrong signal that Germany isn’t that committed,” and shows lacking “political will to deliver when a government ratifies the agreement but then doesn’t make concrete measures.”

“We have been used to looking at Germany to say, look, it can be done,” he told DW, referring for example to Germany’s leading role in building out renewable energies.

But the failure to agree a plan affects “not just other countries around Germany like Poland, but it has a big knock-on effect beyond it.”

Full report: What happened with Germany′s climate protection plan? | Environment | DW.COM | 02.11.2016

  1. oldbrew says:

    Wednesday, 02.11.2016
    Ice and snow spread
    Snow cover at record high

    The snow cover in the northern hemisphere has reached the second highest value in about 50 years. Only in 1976, according to satellite observations, was more snow this time of the year. What are the consequences for winter?
    [via Google translate]


    H/T Notrickszone

    So why spend squillions on pointless measures that won’t do anything to reduce global temperatures anyway?

  2. pg sharrow says:

    No problem! Just do NOTHING! The global warming thing is already solved. Just quit paying for “AGW” and it will disappear like magic!…pg.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Climate change — it happens, with or without our help.

    RS: ‘This website currently concentrates on the response of clouds to warming, an issue which I am now convinced the scientific community has totally misinterpreted when they have measured natural, year-to-year fluctuations in the climate system. As a result of that confusion, they have the mistaken belief that climate sensitivity is high, when in fact the satellite evidence suggests climate sensitivity is low.’

  4. tom0mason says:

    The fact that people have come up with such nonsense as a “climate protection plan” shows that the powers that be are unscientific or anti-scientific even.
    Such a notion is so far beyond clear logic that we must truly be living in the ‘post reason era’.

  5. oldbrew says:

    They’re either barking up the wrong tree, barking mad – or both.

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  7. Russ Wood says:

    “You gotta nice climate here – pity if anyting shoudda happen to it. Now, if you and de udder countries play game wid me (de UN), we’ll see dat nodding happens”.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Russ W: yes, they should have called it the climate protection racket – “Your money or your climate.”

    Or should that be ‘extortion racket’? Either way it’s obtaining funds by the use of psychological pressure.

    ‘Extortion, which is not limited to the taking of property, involves the verbal or written instillation of fear that something will happen to the victim if they do not comply with the extortionist’s will.’

    Climate extortionist has a certain ring to it 😎

  9. oldbrew says:

    Here’s the plan after all…but it’s a ‘nebulous’ dud say Greens and others.

    Germany Manages To Draft “Watered Down…Hollowed Out” Climate Plan For Marrakesh

    Politicians playing games again by the look of it, trying to face in all directions at once.