Germany is far from being what it once wanted to be. It loved to be the most ambitious energy transition on the planet, has resulted in the sixth country in the world that emits more CO2 into the atmosphere, a world power that continues to burn coal in the name of renewable energy.
That is why today, on the same day that there are more than 500 climatic events in Germany, Angela Merkel and her government will present a huge package of climate measures of 40,000 million euros to lay the foundations that allow the main European economy to redeem itself from Your own failure.
The German energy and ecological failure has been vox populist for years. All analysts and politicians in the country know that either they do something or they will not be able to meet the emission reduction objectives. Not even those that have put themselves, a 40% reduction by 2020 compared to 1990 levels; nor those established by the European Union, that of 55% by 2030.
In the absence of knowing all the details, measures such as establishing CO2 emissions in transport and construction are considered; create internal emission markets; make domestic flights more expensive and lower train tickets; or initiatives such as raising tolls to older cars, incentivizing electric cars, prohibiting diesel heating or boosting agriculture to low emission practices.
But the huge plan of measures goes beyond the weather. In the end, it is also a plan to stimulate the economy now that the country is at the doors of the recession, with a major political fracture and in the middle of an important executive paralysis. To size the project: Plan E with which the Government of Rodríguez Zapatero tried to stimulate the economy and employment in the early years of the crisis cost, according to usual estimates, [about 8,000 million euros].
Merkel, which was long called the “Chancellor of the climate”, approved the closure of nuclear power plants and promoted an important “energy transition”, has so far reaped a resounding failure on one of the key issues of the coming decades .
“On the one hand, we want climate protection measures to be effective in fulfilling our commitments, but, on the other hand, we want to be economically sound and that the measures are socially acceptable so that everyone can afford environmental protection”, Merkel said.
The movement that coincides with one of the most important climate mobilizations of recent years, seeks to be approved just before the UN Climate Summit in New York, with the idea of placing Germany, again, in the leadership of the conversation International environmental It is, therefore, the great legacy of Angela Merkel now that the date on which she will leave the country’s foreign ministry is approaching; but also a silver bullet with which Germany wants to scare the ghost of the recession and its own demons .