Petersberg Climate Dialogue: Merkel and Röttgen try to Dispense with the Drama

By Edgar L. Gärtner

Sophisticated self-deception

Foto Dr. Norbert Röttgen MdBAs already mentioned, the end of the Copenhagen climate summit at the end of 2009 demonstrated that the climatic political course of the European Union and particularly Germany lost  its attractiveness in the world enormously.In view of the fact that Europe’s economy has stagnated as the only world region in the 21st Century and is barely able to cope with the challenges of the financial crisis, more and more state heads do not like to follow the climate political out-ride of Germany. The socialist government of Australia has right now suspended the execution of its CO2 reduction plans because of the uncertainty of a Kyoto follow-up, according to Wall Street Journal on 28thApril 2010. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has enough political power experience to be able to recognize, what flowers to an outrider, who nobody follows. Thus she now obviously prepares a careful turn forwards, like Spiegel-online states in its English edition dated from 26 April 2010.

The negotiation of the Copenhagen Accord under exclusion of the European Union representatives between US president Barack Obama and the representatives of the ever more self-confidently emerging markets  like China, India, Brazil and South Africa could be perceived by Angela Merkel as instructive humiliation. She is obviously trying to avoid the same misfortune, like the Copenhagen fiasco, particularly since the Bonn conference of two working groups of the UN climate secretary’s office (UNFCCC) shortly after Easter was evaluated by the media unanimously as Hangover Breakfast. The participating government representatives could not hide their gain of time purpose. The gastronomically and erotically attractive meetings in luxurious meeting places shall continue – in the future even in still faster frequency. Even UNFCCC general secretary Yvo de Boer recognised at the end of the Bonn conference no progress in the direction of a global climatic agreement with binding CO2-reduction commitments which could replace the Kyoto minutes which are running out in 2012.

In view of this situation, German Federal Environment Secretary Norbert Röttgen can only advertise a dispense of the drama of the climatic debate andpray for more pragmatism in climate policy. Under the incredible heading of the Frankfurter Allgemeine on 30th April 2010 “Organising climate change“,  he supports the development of a “role model among the pioneers for a carbon-poor development”. This meeting during the first May weekend on the Petersberg near Bonn of 45 government delegations was scheduled to make progress with respect to alliances of the pioneers on the basis of concrete initiatives and an agreement on further negotiation processes, according to Röttgen. Spreading one’s reality loss in such a way does not happen often. One might ask whether Röttgen’s pen-pushers have Internet access. During the recent days they could have read for example that clear references were found by a Russian expedition on a drop of temperature in the Arctic.

 The article of Jürgen Kaube in the Frankfurter Allgemeine dated from 29 April 2010 under the title “We are all Cretans”, describing the debt crisis in the context of reality fiction of the welfare state politics, is also applicable to the climate policy: “We live allegedly in a society of permanent observation and monitoring, uninterrupted evaluating and certifying. The appropriate agencies are paid anyhow. Allegedly we live also in a knowledge society. Why does nobody laugh, if such terms are used? Obviously not even the most remarkable political catastrophes are recognized, before they are not to be denied. Could someone from the department of time diagnostics compare these phrases with the reality of a permanent evaluating society?” There is nothing to add to this diagnosis.

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  • Brian H

    Almost understandable! This article’s English is far more Germanic than most of your writing, though.

    As for drama, etc., (= usw.), please email me at the contact listed. There is a development in the works which could render the entire climate/CO2 debate moot in the next couple of years, give or take a year. That is, all the plans and policies will become irrelevant, unnecessary, and pointless. And the financial crisis will also rapidly go away.

    Angela and the rest of the Green Statists will be left gasping and gobstruck. It will be such fun! Welche Spaß!