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Germany to break climate aid promises

The Local · 26 Jun 2010, 14:08

Published: 26 Jun 2010 14:08 GMT+02:00

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According to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, cuts in Germany's environment and development budget mean that the money promised for 2011 and 2012 will not be made available.

A spokesman for the Development Ministry refused to comment on the report, since budget negotiations are still running in the department, but the magazine claims that pressure from Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has forced the promised payments to be cancelled, and that Chancellor Angela Merkel has approved the decision.

The German government originally planned to put €70 million per year for the next two years into development aid and the environment budget. This subsidy would have been created by turning loans to developing countries into aid.

Merkel vowed to deliver €1.26 billion in climate change aid by 2012 at last December's climate summit in Copenhagen. Merkel, Development Minister Dirk Niebel and Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen all promised that this would consist of additional funds in the budget.

But at the beginning of March it was announced that only €210 million of the aid would be new money, while the rest would be covered by other aid resources or included in earlier promises.

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Your comments about this article

16:37 June 26, 2010 by Aasvogel
Economic realities trump the shallow boasting at Copenhagen but I happen to think it is no bad thing. AGW is a non-event. To throw taxpayers' money at it in the present circumstances would be unjustifiable.
20:17 June 26, 2010 by franconia
Good show, Wolfgang, we all know where all that money winds up once it leaves Germany. In the pockets of fat third world leaders.
23:43 June 26, 2010 by DinhoPilot
"Hope for the best, expect the worst..."

This is not a moto is a new way of life...
09:17 June 27, 2010 by ColoSlim
Probably for the better to pay later if/when it is a crisis. People have and always will face climate change because it has never been static. If the world's climate was always the same, we would not be here today. Let climate change happen and find ways to adapt because you cannot over-come or control the climate. Assuming otherwise is totally arrogant.
10:31 June 27, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
It's a big hoax to steal! Look at Al Gore. He said the Oceans will rise yet buys an expensive house on the coast in California!

But the bigger issue is that when you need to make budget cuts, take care of your own people first!
16:08 June 27, 2010 by Eastard
Could Germany possibly send some leadership to the USA.....? Merkel has more gonads than Obama... He wants to giver everyone a piece of someone elses pie... Germany should take care if itself lest it become one in need.. Has anyone looked back at what Merkel did during the Greece crisis and given her credit for knowing what was really getting ready to happen... Germany could have been the co-signer of all Greek debt versus one of many...
22:58 June 27, 2010 by phryingphish
And this is any different than Keyoto? Where, again all the signatories hemmed and hawed, blamed the U.S. for not signing, then did nothing. But they already know that they will do nothing, just blame the U.S. until the U.S. puts up the lions share of the money and nothing gets done anyway. Except a bunch of fat cats in the third world fill their Bank accounts. And Algore sells "carbon credits" in the biggest scam since Bernie Madoff's $50 Billion Ponzi Scheme.
04:45 June 28, 2010 by rosks304
Playing you said it all,Al Gore is catching up to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates's wealth and the 3rd world's leaders are very jealous that their personal bank a/c 's balances are not imploding.smarock10@yahoo.com
23:53 June 28, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I didn't realize Al Gore was still part of the US government. I must have been asleep when he was re-elected.

Oh, well. Ignore climate change at your peril. Let your industries keep on spewing carbon emissions. Your children and grandchildren don't matter anyway. To hell with this planet and all who might someday inhabit it.
21:08 June 29, 2010 by wxman
All anthropogenic global warming proponents around the world can demonstrate their collective commitment to the planet by ceasing all exhalation immediately and permenantly. If you are truly commited to a cause, no sacrifice is too great.
09:57 July 1, 2010 by lschalatek
Cutting this sum does constitute only a laughably insignificant saving of less than 0.022 percent of Germany's projected 2011 budget of €321 billion. However, this decision -- if not reversed -- will cost Germany dearly. I never thought that Germany's role as one of the fore-thinkers and country leaders in international climate policy could be worth so little in the minds of its reigning politicians, and thus could be bought off so cheaply. See also on this: http://climatequity.org/2010/06/30/germanys-international-climate-budget-zeros-out/ .
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