Finally it's out, you almost want to sigh. Finally, you know what this grand coalition is capable of. It is finally clear how much climate protection this Federal Government is confident of, and especially of the citizens in the near future.
Unfortunately, pretty little.
That is the core message of this climate package. Because that does not just document the government's fear of a bold, big hit. The coalition also shows what kind of image it has of its constituents. They seem to be rather hypocritical beings in their eyes: people who theoretically want more climate protection and are happy about the nice protests of their Fridays-for-Future children. But then they do not feel much and do not want to pay much more. Which one gets only with billion-dollar programs to a change of their behavior. And those on the car hanging like a drunk on the bottle.
Anyone who wants to understand why Environment Minister Svenja Schulze still praises the climate package and sees herself as a winner must consider her perspective.
If one looks from Berlin-Mitte to what Schulze has achieved in these days in the Federal Government, then it is a lot - at least in terms of what CDU and CSU wanted to climate protection: namely almost not. Schulze has used the riot of the environmental movement wisely and poured as well into politics as this government is all about. It has led the conservative parties not to block but to seriously engage with the subject, and that was not always pleasant. There will now be a price for CO2 in the future, a huge package of measures and an environmental law: All ideas that the CDU and CSU recently thought were still devilish stuff.
Schulze and her team have done well in the government so well and through the climate law also ensured that each department in the future will have to account for what it does in climate protection or not: The Minister of Transport, the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Construction. If it does not work to save CO2, not just the Minister of the Environment is the loser, but all. Scouring does not come out of the number anymore, even less than from the tolls. And the autominister following him also not. Schulze's successors will credit this with the Environment Minister.
Measured in reality, the package shrinks together
As far as the view up close. But if you look at the climate package from afar and measure it to the needs of the real world, then it shrinks together. After all, what good is the environment if everyone now knows in more detail that Mr. Scheuer does not deliver on climate protection? And why should he behave differently in the future?
The citizen only has to care if the government delivers, not how she does it. However, if one reads in the Climate Protection Act or if one asks the Federal Government, where the sanctions are, if not enough is done in the future for the climate, then in the end only the reference to the EU remains. If Germany continues to tear down its goals, then the federal government must buy expensive certificates due to EU law and now nobody wants that. So in plain English: German climate policy will be effective in the future mainly because there is the EU. Why then such a Bohei to the law?
The problem with the other parts of the package, the 60 individual measures, is similarly problematic. Because the German government has not dared to throw a big lance, because it has not dared to give CO2 an effective price and to distribute this income to the citizens, it tries now to make up for it through many programs and programs. But there are many details missing. For example, the expansion target for wind power was trimmed during the night - although much more wind energy will be needed in the future. Flying is only marginally expensive, train driving only a little cheaper. Or, to take an example from the social: From the commuter flat rate, people with big cars will first disproportionately benefit.
It could and must be "sharpened", says Minister Svenja Schulze at the press conference again and again. Only, how big is a litter, which is already clear at the idea: In many corners he is not enough. And the really hard decisions come only by Nachsteuern, adjusting, repairing - so are postponed so in the future, to a time after this government.
Whether or not Merkel rightly still holds the title of Climate Chancellor was asked at the press conference, and she pressed for the answer. With this program even works, because how little it works, will definitely show up only after the end of this government. How convenient. And if Germany fails to achieve the climate target of 2030, then this is already a long history. Even more practical.