- November 13, 2019
- Client Earth
“A policy from a parallel universe” | Germany’s draft coal phase-out law
A leak of Germany’s draft coal phase-out law as put together by the Ministry for Economic Affairs emerged today. Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have criticised the text, calling it out of touch and piecemeal, and lambasting the failure to tie it to climate protection goals.
Prof. Dr. Hermann Ott, Head of ClientEarth – Anwälte der Erde, said: “The long-awaited draft of Germany’s phase-out law is a shambles. The policy is riddled with unanswered questions, guarantees an unacceptably tardy coal exit and fails completely to acknowledge how urgently we need to decarbonise to address climate change.
“Those writing the policy seem to be existing in a parallel universe where coal is still profitable, people aren’t being forced out of their homes for mining, and the climate catastrophe isn’t unfolding around us.
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