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By Jeurgen Trittin
Translated By Hartmut Lau
August 30, 2005
Original Article (German)
Recently it was in the movies, now they’re real - the pictures of destruction that Hurricane Katrina has left in her wake remind us of nightmarish scenes from science fictions films by directors like Roland Emmerich. No single storm can be traced back to climate change, but three things can be scientifically proven beyond doubt. First, natural catastrophes are drastically increasing in frequency and magnitude. Second, climate change has made the generation of storms and floods in North America and Europe more probable. And third, mankind is contributing much to climate change by emitting greenhouse gases.
There is only one logical conclusion: greenhouse
gasses must be radically reduced worldwide. To date the
The American president ignores the economic and human damage that his country, by failing to protect the climate, inflicts on the world’s economy by natural catastrophes such as hurricane Katrina. We must ask ourselves what purpose this short-sighted policy serves. The Association of German Industry - with especially unfortunate timing - recently surprisingly endorsed Bush’s untenable “climate protection harms the economy” logic, now has no comment on the subject.
That said, it is precisely German industry that should be proud of having proven that no country’s economy is damned to surrender its energy destiny to oil. Germany’s energy transformation is the international model that demonstrates how promotion of renewable energy, energy-efficient technology and the determined use of the potential offered by reduced consumption yields economic, social and environmental success.
Our renewable energy law is being copied not only in Europe, but also in Asia and Latin America. The European emissions market we have promoted is already generating a marked movement of investment to low-emission power plants.
In contrast to The Association of German
Industry, many Americans are no longer willing to follow their president’s erroneous
climate policy. Signs that winds other than Katrina’s are blowing in Bush’s
face are multiplying: The U.S. Senate demands binding goals for the reduction
of greenhouse gas emissions, and Bush’s fellow Republican, California Governor
Schwarzenegger, recently made this demand a reality. The states in
Never before was it more important to strengthen
If reason is to finally arrive in the headquarters
of climate polluters, the global community must be prepared to hand