The German Greens propose to the Climate Ministry to relaunch a failing campaign
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German Greens on Tuesday presented an “emergency climate protection program”, aimed at resetting the party’s national election campaign after squandering an early rise in opinion polls with a series of errors.
The program includes plans for a new Ministry of Climate Protection that would ensure that no draft legislation undermines a target of limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The ministry would lead a government climate task force that would meet weekly for the first 100 days of the next government to accelerate the coordination of the fight against climate change.
“This ministry will have a veto right over other ministries in the event of non-conforming laws in Paris,” the Greens said in a document describing the program. “We will adopt the largest climate protection package ever tabled in Cabinet. “
Environmentalists briefly climbed the polls to overtake Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc after nominating Annalena Baerbock as chancellor candidate in April, but have since lost support.
A scandal over a Christmas bonus that Baerbock did not declare in parliament, and a suggestion that Germany should arm Ukraine hurt the Greens, who are now behind the Tories by 5-10 points.
Baerbock also said the sexist review was holding her back.
Her best chance of becoming chancellor would be to lead a coalition with the business-friendly left-wing Social Democrats and Free Democrats (FDP).
Merkel, in power since 2005, plans to step down after the September 26 elections.
Under the 10-point program, the Greens would increase investment in climate protection by € 15 billion ($ 17.8 billion) and cut € 10 billion of what they call “harmful subsidies. to the environment “.
They also want to bring forward the phasing out of coal-fired electricity production to 2030 from 2038 and accelerate the expansion of renewable energies.
“At the current rate, Germany would need another 56 years to reach 100% green electricity,” the party newspaper said. “We don’t have that time.”
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Reporting by Holger Hansen; Written by Paul Carrel; Editing by Mike Harrison