News Digest Item
01 Nov 2016

“Climate protection with construction flaws”


Trying to micro-manage Germany’s long-term path to decarbonisation with a government climate plan is doomed to fail, because “politics is regularly unable to plan and regulate for decades,” writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. He adds that some of the planned reduction efforts lack solutions, or are impossible because physical and technical limits have already been reached. “Even the most ambitious climate protection plan cannot circumvent the laws of nature,” writes Stratmann. “It could all be so simple. Politics should mainly restrict itself to putting a price on CO₂ emissions. Beyond that it should interfere as little as possible,” he concludes. 

For background read the CLEW article Ministry avoids concrete targets in weakened Climate Action Plan.

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