German Chancellor Now Opposes Climate Emissions Targets She Originally Proposed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) for the upcoming general elections, gestures as she speaks during an election rally in Regensburg, Germany, September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Economic and political reality is biting hard in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a push back against CO2 emissions targets which she originally helped to propose.

Merkel Pushing Back Against Higher EU Climate Change Target

Dave Keating
Aug 27, 2018,5:01 pm

In 2014, the leaders of the 28 countries of the European Union came to a difficult compromise on combating climate change – agreeing to make greenhouse gas emissions 40% lower than 1990 levels by 2030.

Now, some of those countries say new data and Europe’s alarming heat wave this summer mean that target should be raised to 45%.

Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s energy chief, said earlier this month that he will put forward just such a proposal in September, following a request in June from 14 EU countries including France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Though Germany was one of the original signatories of the letter asking for an increase, following significant pressure from German industry, Chancellor Angela Merkel has changed her tune.

Asked this weekend about the proposal to raise the target, Merkel told the German program Tageschau that she is opposed. “I am not so happy about the new proposals because many member states today do not comply with what they have already promised,” she said “We should first reach the goals we have already set. I don’t think that constantly setting new targets makes sense.”

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What a surprise – EU member states cheating on their own carbon targets. Germany hesitating to support deeper CO2 emissions cuts, citing the climate hypocrisy of other EU member states.

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August 28, 2018 4:17 am

Hark! Hear that? The sound of reality slapping people upside the head.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Sheri
August 28, 2018 4:20 am

These people are “trucked” in the head.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 28, 2018 5:06 am

A reasonable person is always ready to change their position when presented with new information. If EU leaders wake up to the climate con-job, they are to be commended.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 5:23 am


A reasonable person is always ready to change their position when presented with new information.”

Alarmists are not reasonable that’s why they shut down oil pipelines etc etc etc etc!

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 5:30 am

Reasonable people don’t take 15 years to realize they were wrong

Reply to  Sparko
August 28, 2018 10:30 am

Nice one!

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Sparko
August 28, 2018 2:15 pm

Especially a very easy to foretell “wrong”.

michael hart
Reply to  Sparko
August 28, 2018 3:16 pm

What the German for schadenfreude?

Reply to  michael hart
August 29, 2018 12:10 am

Fredo: Uh, how do you say “banana daiquiri?”
Michael: Banana daiquiri
Fredo: Yeah?
Michael: Yeah.

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 6:08 am

New information – huh?
They refuse to look at the ‘old’ information. It’s called self-preservation – no more, no less – the environment is irrelevant – we extract money from the masses under the guise that we are doing something to the ‘betterment’ of the planet

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 6:46 am

A reasonable person is always ready to change their position when presented with new information…..or you’re a politician and polls say you’re going to lose

Bryan A
Reply to  Latitude
August 28, 2018 8:49 am

The EU … hypocrisy so palpable you could cut it with a Merkel

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 9:46 am

Other than the fact that these policies have grown more unpopular, what new information has she been presented with?

Reply to  MarkW
August 28, 2018 10:09 am


German industry breathing down her neck over this and Brexit.

John Endicott
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 10:29 am

She’s a politician, that right there tells you she’s not a reasonable person 😉

Reply to  John Endicott
August 29, 2018 12:11 am

“Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.” Kin Hubbard

John Endicott
Reply to  brians356
August 29, 2018 8:36 am

…and by the time they leave the legislature, that man is no longer innocent

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 10:40 am

A reasonable person does not declare the debate ended in order to race ahead on policy when the science is weak and subject to change. You don’t see this in medicine, industrial safety standards, vaccines, or public safety. In fact unreasonableness looks to be correlated with lack of standards for conduct and emphasis on advocacy.

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 11:03 am

No She still believes in catastrophic global warming. Any person who seems a little less than an idiot is still an idiot. Who would have thought that in 2018 there are still people that believe in the tooth fairy?

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Greg
September 2, 2018 1:07 pm


(Federal elections were held in Germany on 24 September 2017 to elect the members of the 19th Bundestag. At stake were all 598 seats …)

thick folders filled with written on papers were distributed among all 598 members of the german parliament so Merkel was not alone with reading.

the saying goes that papers decipher the story of global warming and the impact on German economy while trying to fight this ominous ‘global warming’.

Reply to  Sheri
August 28, 2018 4:45 am

I wonder if Germany et al have made their prescribed contributions to the 100B climate fund?
Just because Trump pulled out shouldn’t absolve other member states from living up to their commitments.

Reply to  Ron
August 28, 2018 5:03 am

Trump hasn’t pulled out of anything since Stormy Daniels. US is still a signatory of Paris Agreement. He has simply stopped paying into the Climate Slush Fund.

When will he REALLY do something about officially pulling out of Paris Ag.?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 5:24 am

It can’t happen officially until Nov. 4, 2020. But since we won’t be participating in the charade, for all intents and purposes, we’re out. They are going to try to put some teeth into the “Agreement” at the next Climapalooza in Katowice, Poland. Yeah, good luck with that.

R. Shearer
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 28, 2018 6:21 am

That Climapalooza to which you refer:

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 5:24 am

Ask the Senate.

Steve Keppel-Jones
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 6:35 am

From what I understand, since the Senate didn’t ratify anything to do with the Paris Agreement, the US as a nation is not a signatory of it… only Obama is. And he’s gone…

Reply to  Steve Keppel-Jones
August 28, 2018 3:57 pm

Do we know how much Ex-POTUS Obama has contributed, personally [rather than by hijacking the US Taxpayer’s dimes] to the slush-fund for Third World pollies?

Just askin’!

John Endicott
Reply to  Auto
August 29, 2018 11:49 am

I’m guessing $0 of his own money. (AFAIK it’s “only” $1 billion of hijacked US taxpayer money).

Adam Gallon
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 6:46 am

Trump won’t. The Green Industry lobby won’t permit it.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 6:56 am

Legally, the Paris Agreement has the status of an executive agreement as far as US law, despite anything stated in the agreement. As Obama never had it ratified as a treaty, the authority to enforce it left with him.

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 7:24 am

America is not a member. Barack Obama is, he joined. America, via ratification by its elected members in Congress passed on joining. If anyone owes several billion to this fund it is Obama.

Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 9:47 am

How can the US pull out of an organization that it never joined?
Your pathological hatred of Trump is once again duly noted.

John Endicott
Reply to  Greg
August 28, 2018 10:46 am

No, Greg, the US is not a signatory, for it to be a signatory the agreement would have to have been ratified by Congress. It wasn’t. Only Barak Obama is a signatory.

Reply to  Greg
August 29, 2018 12:14 am


There’s nothing to pull out of. It’s not a treaty, ratified by the Senate. It’s really just a declaration of principles, a “gentlemen’s agreement” if you will. So it was a charade all along. Stop feeding it, and it dies.

kent beuchert
August 28, 2018 4:22 am

Don’t tell me – next winter or Summer when the temps are lower than normal, no one will
suggest lowering the targets. Don’t these fools ever examine global temperature data?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  kent beuchert
August 28, 2018 4:32 am

Is there reliable global temperature data? A whole “economic solution to a problem” is based on shonky data. In engineering I learned “Measure twice, cut once.” What seems to apply to “climate science” is “Measure some stuff and make up what you like.”

Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 28, 2018 9:08 am

“Measure twice, cut once”, is a carpentry saying. The engineering equivalent, established over hundreds of years is “if it falls down, rebuild stronger”.

Reply to  BCBill
August 28, 2018 10:18 am


“if it falls down, rebuild stronger

‘Better’ perhaps?

Reply to  HotScot
August 28, 2018 5:30 pm

Yes, after the era of simply adding more rock to the pile, things did eventually get better. With notable exceptions up to the present day.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  BCBill
August 28, 2018 4:40 pm

If you have operated a lathe you would understand the saying is more applicable.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 28, 2018 8:37 pm

I have and I don’t.

Non Nomen
Reply to  BCBill
August 29, 2018 12:55 pm

Cut twice and still too short.

August 28, 2018 4:27 am

Seems like the only ones not back tracking now are the ones that were promised money. Now why would that be? /sarc

Michael Ioffe
August 28, 2018 4:31 am



Reply to  Michael Ioffe
August 28, 2018 4:01 pm

Excessive capitalization?

Auto – apologies for the three capitalized words, but possibly getting attention from Trevor or Michael. ;-}

August 28, 2018 4:32 am

Someone may have explained to Frau Merkel – a supposed physicist!!!!! – that the laws of physics cannot be changed by the subsidy laws of men, or women. Perhaps she is from the “subsidy macht frei” school of climate science. All the poor Germans get is a bigger gap between the relative wealth of the rich and poor, and the easy destruction of their environment and diverse agriculture that comes with solar farms, wind farms and mono culture crop subsidies, none producing ANY net CO2 reduction in Germany, just Billions of Euros for insiders, for making all the claimed objectives worse in science fact , on every measure of energiewende, that never could wend anywhere productive on the energy science fact. This was always an undeliverable fraud on the energy STEM facts. Politicians at work, and they don’t work for their Deutsche Volk! Schrecklich, Nicht Var? This is state organised crime, a genuine legalised climate change protection racket – “Pay up . Planets can catch fire” (sometime next century, possibly). It’s like paying your priests so you go to their version of heaven. Same old frauds, same old fraudsters, new religion.

August 28, 2018 4:33 am

China gets a bye and is by far the largest emitter of CO2, so it doesn’t much matter what the EU does. That said, the EU is the third largest emitter. link

August 28, 2018 4:38 am

Ummm… what? I just woke up. Is this some kind of weird dream I was having? No?

Oh, good grief!!! (said Pooh.) What’s next? Is Angela realizing that her notions of how to do things are not so hot? (Pun intended.) Gee whiz, what IS next?

I’m going back to sleep now and when I wake up, everything will be like it was in 1956… or something. We’ll still be using a wringer washer and hanging clothes to dry on the clothesline, and growing sugar peas and snap beans and sweet corn and I’ll have to feed the chickens again.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Sara
August 28, 2018 4:59 am

I think, with elections looming, she wants to still be in power afterwards. I dunno, maybe I am dreaming!

Reply to  Sara
August 28, 2018 8:02 am

Pooh: “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

Reply to  Sara
August 28, 2018 9:52 am

It appears that Angela’s popularity is not as high as she deems it. These recent riots in Chemnitz over the stabbing death of a local man by two migrants shows that the people have had just about enough of her nonsense. Copy it into your search block if it doesn’t “link up”.

One thin after another seems to be piling up on her. It’s just about time it did, in my view.

Peta of Newark
August 28, 2018 4:41 am

not because they soon won’t have the UK to effectively bank-roll them……

or possibly missing a shed-load of revenue from the Volkswagen Audi Group (and others)
may explain the skyrocketing price of VAG product – over priced electric cars can’t come soon enough?
Leaves a bad-taste wondering why the UK is in such an unholy rush to get e-cars on the road.
(See in other news: Li-ion battery prices are rising quite steeply – run out of cobalt by accounts. Trace element nutrients eh, Damn those nutrients.)

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 28, 2018 5:00 am

“Peta of Newark

not because they soon won’t have the UK to effectively bank-roll them……

Too right!

Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 28, 2018 5:53 am

Lithium batteries? Then I should get the extra Li flashlight batteries** I meant to get right now, instead of waiting another month? Thanks for the warning. Nice to have the heads up on this now, instead of sticker shock later.
**My flashlights are specifically engineered for Li batteries, not standard flashlight batteries.

August 28, 2018 4:43 am

Germany emits more CO2 per country, per capita and per MWh generated than any other country in Europe.

Despite ‘Energiewende’ and generating 25% of its electricity from toy windmills and solar panels. and having more nuclear power running than the UK.

Hypocrisy aint in it.

Shawn Marshall
August 28, 2018 4:56 am

We should encourage our European friends to take every extreme measure they can to limit CO2. Nothing could make Russia happier.

Reply to  Shawn Marshall
August 28, 2018 5:55 am

And I still haven’t figured out how to harness lightning to power my little house. I’ll keep working on it. Must be some way to do that….

Reply to  Sara
August 28, 2018 6:23 am

Really, really, big batteries.

Reply to  MarkW
August 29, 2018 12:17 am

Or big capacitors.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Sara
August 28, 2018 7:23 am

Ben Franklin knew a little something about that…

August 28, 2018 6:13 am

A general observation… Progressive/leftist positions on most things comes with an expiration date.

Coeur de Lion
August 28, 2018 6:36 am

Just landed in Vienna thu’ a forest of windmills. Austrian electricity is
61% hydro. Oil and coal equal to solar and wind at c. 10% each. Jolly Good .

Reply to  Coeur de Lion
August 28, 2018 10:25 am

Coeur de Lion

Short scrap metal. When that lot comes down the price will bomb.

Reply to  Coeur de Lion
August 29, 2018 12:21 am

Austria doesn’t have the industrial economy to feed that Germany has. And hydro is not “green”, don’t you know? The same idiots in the US who want to dismantle nuclear reactors also want to blow up hydroelectric dams.

David Dibbell
August 28, 2018 6:40 am

Chancellor Merkel might consider some help from the VW software engineers to “push back” against the new emissions targets. The entire CO2 scare began with “tuned” software, did it not?

Reply to  David Dibbell
August 28, 2018 6:51 am

Dieselgate began with “software”. NoX is a post-CO2 bogey man. The limits of course set by Obama’s EPA, now being dismantled. Unfortunately the poison gas label given to CO2 has not yet been repealed.

August 28, 2018 7:32 am

Maybe the members are revolting and threatening to leave the club and stop paying the membership fees, due to the extreme club rules. This might explain the return to reason by the club administration who realise that they will lose out. Follow the money?

Coach Springer
August 28, 2018 7:41 am

Reminds me of the politician in “A Clockwork Orange”

Reply to  Coach Springer
August 28, 2018 10:32 am

Coach Springer

Man, that’s going back. I dogged off school to watch it in the cinema when it was released.

August 28, 2018 7:54 am

Looks like, next door, Macron’s “Ecology and Solidarity Transition” Minister, Mr. Hulot just resigned , abruptly on-air! Coincidence?

August 28, 2018 9:17 am

So the virtue signaling is melting away in the face of reality. The lie that “renewables” can replace fossil fuels came to light and Climate Change is being realized for what it really is ….. wealth redistribution with China the chosen country to reap the benefits. Oh the tangled web we weave…….

August 28, 2018 9:32 am

I predicted this retreat from green energy debacles starting in 2002 – this from 2015:

In Europe, where green energy schemes have been widely implemented, the result is higher energy costs that are unaffordable for the elderly and the poor, and increased winter deaths. European politicians are retreating from highly-subsidized green energy schemes and returning to fossil fuels. When misinformed politicians fool with energy systems, innocent people suffer and die.”

Joe d’Aleo and I wrote this article on Excess Winter Mortality in 2015:


Regards, Allan

Greg Cavanagh
August 28, 2018 5:13 pm

Predicting this retreat wasn’t hard though. What they wanted was impossible, therefor there was no way forward.

Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
August 28, 2018 7:53 pm

Greg –you must be joking, because you could not be more wrong.

I am not aware of anyone else making this strong anti-green-energy prediction in 2002 or earlier. Everyone was sure there was going to be a brave new world of “carbon-free energy”.

Our aforementioned energy prediction, and our other predictions made in the APEGA “Kyoto Accord” debate of 2002 were considered “climate sacrilege”. Note also that ALL of our “APEGA 2002” predictions have now materialized, vs NONE of the IPCC’s very-scary-fairy stories.

A few outspoken critics of global warming alarmism existed then, such as Dr. Richard Lindzen at MIT, Dr. Tim Ball (retired) and my co-author Sallie Baliunas at Harvard-Smithsonian, but the global warming juggernaut was on a roll and tolerated no dissent.

Tim Ball received many threats of violence, but I only got one, for an article in published in the National Post. I felt under-appreciated. 🙂

Regards, Allan

August 30, 2018 3:45 am

Typo corretion:
Tim Ball received many threats of violence, but I only got one, for an article published in the National Post. I felt under-appreciated

Tom Abbott
August 28, 2018 9:34 am

Merkel has been a disaster for Europe.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 28, 2018 10:37 am

Tom Abbott

Theoretically Brexit should be good for the UK, assuming the feckless, lazy, sponging socialist remoaners get their fingers out their arse and work for a change.

Non Nomen
Reply to  HotScot
August 29, 2018 1:09 pm

They’d better leave their fingers in that place where the sun never shines because their fumbling around with such fingers in other people’s cup of tea causes a helluvalot of inconvenience.

August 28, 2018 10:24 am

Changing the goals is what advocacy strategy is all about.

August 28, 2018 10:42 am

She isn’t living up to Germany’s NATO obligations, so this is no surprise either. Maybe with the money she saves she can buy some rifles for the Bundeswehr that actually work.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Severian
August 28, 2018 5:15 pm

Russia will supply as many as they want.

August 28, 2018 10:43 am

The U.S. is no longer uncompetitive on corporate tax rates and that puts the whole German industry sector on edge. That is the “new information” in town.

Reg Nelson
Reply to  ResourceGuy
August 28, 2018 11:18 am

Another factor is tariffs. Currently the EU imposes a 10% tariff on US car imports. This is why BMW decided to build a new plant in Mexico, which has a free trade agreement with the EU, rather than the US.

Trump is threatening a 25% tariff on EU car imports. Merkel and the German car makers can’t be very happy about that.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Reg Nelson
August 28, 2018 11:33 am

Trump just settled on a free trade agreement with Mexico.

One of the items I found interesting was part of the deal requires Mexican automobile manufacturers to raise their payrate from about $3.50 per hour to $16.50 per hour, which then makes U.S. auto manufacturers competitive with Mexican manufacturers because the payscales are equal and that will supposedly keep American jobs from going down to Mexico because of cheaper labor costs, like they do now.

I’m not sure how requiring Mexican manufacturers to drastically raise their labor costs works, but I’ll bet the Mexican workers who get the pay raise will be pretty happy with the deal. They’ll be chanting: “Make Mexico Great Again!” 🙂

Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 28, 2018 2:02 pm
Tom Abbott
Reply to  ResourceGuy
August 28, 2018 2:59 pm

Thanks for the link, RG.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 29, 2018 1:13 pm

“America first”. That’s DJT.
“Terrorists welcome”. That’s Angie Merkel.

Alan Tomalty
August 28, 2018 10:56 am

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel, top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party”

I wonder how many Muslim votes she has received over the years in each election? The number ZERO keeps popping into my head.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Alan Tomalty
August 28, 2018 5:16 pm

Christian Democratic Union Party

None of those words should be found together.

Bruce Cobb
August 28, 2018 11:59 am

In the mad rush to jump off a financial cliff, Merkel is saying “You guys go on ahead, we’ll catch up. Honest”.

Lucius von Steinkaninchen
August 28, 2018 12:38 pm

Well good for Germany, better late than never.

Who knows, maybe with a few more wake up calls from reality they will even withdraw from their horrific decision of abandoning nuclear power.

August 28, 2018 12:46 pm

The end was always goign to come not when the science stop supporting AGW , because good science never started to , but when the political wind fell out of its sails for its that which was all has kept IPCC and other bodies and their hangers on moving in the first place . And the signs of that were seen on that all over world in elections for the last few years ‘climate doom ‘ was no where in the ‘things to offer the voters ‘ list.
Given the first rule is get elected and the second stay elected you cannot do that if you do not at least pretend to care about what the voters do , and clearly AGW does not make the cut. Energy shortages and high costs , the green ‘dream ‘ on the other had certainly does make the list.

When universities start dropping the courses, and so a lot of easy academic jobs go, and Mann is thrown under the bus by his own community in an attempt to save themselves, and national news agency decided ‘chicken little ‘ does not sell any more, the slide will be fully on .

One day the IPCC will be down to one person sitting on office moving bits of papers from on part of the desk to another , for nothing ever dies once it becomes a UN organization even if its purpose has long gone .

The smart ones will have moved on to the next scare , the stupid will be sitting around like some punch drunk old boxers boring the rear end of others about how they ‘used to be someone ‘
Could take years and it cannot come soon enough , but the wind has changed direction.

Lets hope the main ‘characters’ live long enough to see their life work held up as the joke it is and always has been .

August 28, 2018 1:38 pm

Merkel is not the sharpest tool in the box. Remember that her family voluntarily moved from West Germany to East Germany, and they weren’t communists. It’s hereditary.

michael hart
August 28, 2018 3:52 pm

This is the most entertaining bit:

“Now, some of those countries say new data and Europe’s alarming heat wave this summer mean that target should be raised to 45%.

Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU’s energy chief, said earlier this month that he will put forward just such a proposal in September….”

Or, “The old targets were failing, so let’s make up some even more stupid ones….”

It really does make me think of a certain madman in Berlin in 1945, planning new campaigns with divisions that no longer exist, as the Red army encircles the bunker. At what point will these crazies admit, even to themselves, that the game is up.

August 28, 2018 4:23 pm

“Economic and political reality is biting hard in Germany”

That is just rubbish. Despite Merkel’s many faults, the economy is very strong.

Germany takes no new debts for some years now and has a surplus in the household of some billions this year.

They just have to find out where to put the money.

The failiure to meet the CO2 Target is true. When they put off the last nuclear plants from the line, the CO2 will even raise hugher.

Even our neighbors are not willig to buy or sell electricity to our fluctuating power net.

August 28, 2018 8:53 pm

As long as the US stays out of the Paris Accord and refuses to go along with the Progressive CAGW agenda, none of the other countries will remain in the agenda for long because NONE will be able to compete at all with the US in production if they are force to use unreliable and very expensive energy for everything they do while the US and China utilize inexpensive, reliable and abundant energy. Simple as that. The CAGW agenda completely disappears if Trump gets second term and stays out of this Progressive Green Agenda, especially if he can get the CO2 endangerment finding reversed.

August 29, 2018 12:41 am

”German Chancellor Now Opposes Climate Emissions Targets She Originally Proposed”

Is that actually true?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  RyanS
August 29, 2018 10:19 am

Merkel doesn’t oppose emissions targets, what she opposes is establishing new targets when the old targets haven’t been met yet.

The real question is will their current emissions targets ever be met? What comes first, meeting the targets, or trashing the German economy?

Johann Wundersamer
September 8, 2018 6:58 am

Das Merkel Gedächtnis Lied, performed by *

“Foyer des Arts ” –  “Wissenswertes über Erlangen”:


* The Merkel memory song, performed by

“Foyer des Arts” – “Worth knowing about Siemens-Stadt Erlangen”:

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