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Why This Matters: On the international stage, Angela Merkel was known for being a climate advocate, but her record at home in Germany wasn’t as strong. The election could change that dynamic. Discussions about forming the new government are getting underway, but the stronger Green Party could center climate in national policy — especially after the past eight years of conservative-driven government. One key demand to watch for: Forming a climate ministry, which could potentially stop policies that exacerbate climate change.
What Comes Next
German elections work a bit differently than American ones: the center-left SPD eked out the largest percentage of votes, but will still need to form a coalition with other parties. The coalition needs at least 368 seats to be a majority in Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag. The Greens are now one of two smaller “kingmaker” parties central to meeting the required seats, meaning they are one of two most likely coalition partners. Now, they’ll enter a phase of talks with other political leaders to determine the shape of the new German government.
The two main parties (SPD and CDU) who have been leading the country for years don’t have a firm plan to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. “It’s very disappointing that all the parties say they are committed to Paris, but there is a glaring gap,” Stefan Rahmstorf, head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told Inside Climate News. “Two of these parties have been in government for many years. They pay lip service to it, but they don’t live up to it. This credibility gap hasn’t been forcefully addressed by the media.”
While Senator Joe Manchin leads the opposition to climate provisions in President Biden’s budget bill, his own state is the most exposed to floods in the nation, according to new data released this month by the nonprofit organization First Street Foundation. Over 60% of West Virginia’s power stations are at risk, twice the average and […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism team Unearthed reveal that many coal and oil-rich nations have urged the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to water down its upcoming report on the world’s options to fight climate change successfully. Thousands of comments were sent to the IPCC’s […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Vital climate measures in the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) may be on the chopping block as the debate over President Biden’s extensive budget package continues in Congress. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) is leading the charge to cut the CEPP, telling the White House he strongly opposes the […]
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