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Greenwashing: The Ghost Driver


Politics: The government is working on a legislative package on climate protection. It threatens a disappointment.

At least they agree on the timetable: On the morning of September 22, Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to board the plane to New York and present Germany's future climate policy to the United Nations the following day. Heads of government from around the world, the UN Secretary-General - and many hundreds of thousands of climate activists Greta Thunberg - will be listening.

Only what the Chancellor can say - about raging between the Berlin ministries and the party headquarters of the CDU, CSU and SPD a power struggle. He will probably decide only on Friday before Merkel's departure, when the so-called Climate Cabinet meets. No "pill pill" calls for the Chancellor. A "big hit" wishes Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz. And CSU boss Markus Söder demands the "right of way for the renewable energies". To this end, the coalition leaders are constantly presenting new ideas: a scrapping premium for oil heating, taxes on meat and cheap flights, a tax cut for rail travel, subsidies for dams, a climate fund.

Nevertheless, the Minister of the Environment, in particular, is concerned that the Climate Cabinet will not agree on the decisive factors. It all comes down to three things: climate-damaging behavior must be expensive, a bill for climate goals must be made, and there must be more money for climate-friendly investment.

The price: The coalition agrees that CO₂ has to get a price. Only how high should be and how it is achieved, is open. The CDU excludes a new tax. Your alternative is emissions trading. But it is complicated and can not be implemented quickly. The likely compromise: The Union gets the national emissions trading (at some point), transitional, but there is a tax. That is then called "fixed price". Sounds absurd, but it is politics.

Ultimately, the decisive factor will be the level of the price: at least 50 euros per tonne of CO₂ are considered necessary by experts such as the Ottoman economist Ottmar Edenhofer from Potsdam - and a ten percent increase per year.

Source: zeit

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