Germany Abandons Climate Goal After Chancellor Merkel Criticized Trump for Doing Same

Germany to Abandon Climate Goal After Merkel Criticized Trump for Doing Same

In a huge embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany announced officially that it will abandon its 2020 climate change/global warming goal, i.e. the reduction of carbon dioxide/CO2 emissions by forty percent, thus rolling the country’s so-called carbon-footprint back to 1990 levels. Why is that a huge embarrassment for frau Merkel? Well, she was one of President Trump’s harshest critics when he announced the US’ withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty last summer.

Presumably, Merkel’s climate-change move (as in retraction) is part of a new political deal, as Germany is trying desperately to form a new coalition government. According to Roger Pielke, a University of Colorado professor, Germany’s carbon reduction goals were mathematically impossible anyway, hence Merkel’s promise prior to the 2016 elections that she’ll find a way to comply with the 2020 target was a pure lie, and now she is trying again to bring together a majority-governing coalition.

Angela Merkel was highly critical of Trump withdrawing America from the Paris climate accords, as she was quoted as saying back in June last year:

“We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit. Our differences with the U.S. are clear.”

However, the previous climate pledges were quickly abandoned after the 2016 election, with the new coalition pushing back the 2020 assumed deadline, while keeping the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. The new coalition members promised to dramatically cut fees and taxes on electricity bills to renewable energy deployment. The aforementioned taxes and fees are the reason for which electricity prices in Germany are among the highest in the world. By the way, Germany spends almost 800 billion dollars annually on green energy subsidies and it still vows to phase out coal-produced electricity, even if coal is now providing for approximately 40% of Germany’s electricity demands.