Germany continues to try and tie its economy in knots in the name of a naive and misplaced belief in mandatory ‘climate action’, as this Clean Energy Wire report shows.
The Climate Action Law proposed by Germany’s environment ministry is “a planned economy approach” that could “paralyse the country without making progress on climate action,” Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance said in an interview with the Tageszeitung (taz).
Adding to previous conservative criticism of the initiative, Nüßlein said the law proposed by Social Democrat (SPD) Environment Minister Svenja Schulze didn’t allow ministries enough “flexibility” on how to achieve emissions cuts and amounted to “passing the buck to someone else by setting targets.”
He argued that the only way to bring down emissions was to “support innovation” and that “coercion and abstinence,” would make dangerous changes to the market economy and provoke revolt against measures, for example in transport, that affected people’s daily lives. “I will be on the side of those revolting,” Nüßlein said.
Full report here.
via Tallbloke’s Talkshop
February 28, 2019 at 09:21AM