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20 Aug 2018

2018 drought unlikely to change Germany’s climate policy - opinion

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / ARD

The debate between politicians and scientists in one of Germany’s most popular political talk shows – Anne Will – makes clear that this year’s heat wave and resulting draught is unlikely to fundamentally change Germany’s climate policy, writes Joachim Müller-Jung in a TV review in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Politicians are often not willing to translate climate change into concrete action for fear of alienating voters. “No one wants to admit that the political parties each make policy for a specific clientele, that lobbyism is more powerful than ever, and that ‘doing without’ must become part of a sustainable economy,” writes Müller-Jung.

Read the review in German here and watch the show in German here.

For background, read the CLEW articles Germany's power system weathers heat wave despite fossil plant curbs and Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission.

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