On Course To Miss 2020 Climate Targets, Germany Opts To Scrap Them

Germany likes to champion itself as a climate leader. But when delivering her headline speech to the summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel was unable to make any new climate commitments. That’s because she was locked in difficult coalition negotiations with the free-market liberals and the environmentalist Greens. Outside the meeting space, activists staged a massive rally at a nearby coal pit, drawing attention to what is the most carbon-intensive location in Europe.Germany is still 40 percent reliant on coal, a reality Merkel acknowledged in her speech. Because of strong economic growth and Merkel’s decision to phase out nuclear power, Germany is set to miss Merkel’s target of lowering carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

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