Can politicians be sued for the consequences of climate change? “Maischberger” addressed the question of responsibility after the ARD feature film “Ökozid”.
- minister Peter Altmaier admits: we made mistakes
- Business representative Wolf predicts the exit from the combustion engine segment
- Luisa Neubauer criticized that the necessary measures for change would be “delayed”
“Maischberger. die week “- these guests discussed with each other
- Peter Altmaier (CDU) – Federal Minister of Economics
- Dr. Stefan Wolf – CEO of the automotive supplier ElringKlinger AG and designated general metal boss
- Luisa Neubauer (Alliance 90 / The Greens) – Climate activist, including “Fridays for Future” organizer in Germany
- Maja Göpel – Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
- Edgar Selge – Actor; Leading actor “Ökozid”
- Recorded in advance with a switch from the capital Malé:
- Mohamed Nasheed – Former President of the Maldives
Berlin – After Anne Will There is also a presenter Sandra Maischberger With “Maischberger. the week” in the ARD theme week with the motto “How do we want to live?” The talk that follows the ARD feature film “Ecocide” ran – the film shows a future scenario in which the former Chancellor before International Court of Justice be convicted of environmental crimes – raised the question of the responsibility of the industrialized nation Germany for climate change in the space.
“Maischberger. die week ”:“ duplicity ”of politics hits society’s psyche
The fictional film “Ecocide” it is based on actual meeting minutes from political and business representatives. These are, according to the actor Edgar Selge, who plays the chairman of the court in the film, “terrifying” and showed “a form of companionship” and a “duplicity” of politics with concern on the one hand and economic deals on the other. A fact that affects society on the psyche, would make it “depressed”, says Selge.
Luisa Neubauer – Greens– Party member but above all one of the main organizers of the one initiated by Greta Thunberg Fridays for Future demos in Germany agrees and describes the feeling of their fellow campaigners in one sentence: “It will be blocked, it will be prevented, it will be dragged off!” In an open letter, Neubauer and Thunberg and other activists addressed the EU leaders.
“Politics has responsibility beyond the short-term will of the electorate,” says government advisor Göpel and says it clearly in legal terms:Environmental lawsuits are now possible ”, there is sufficient legal basis for this. She calls for governments around the world to support such lawsuits in order to increase the pressure for change.
Altmaier and Wolf vacate “Maischberger. the week ”“ error ”
The current images of Central America and the destruction caused by the hurricane are imported. Maischberger Asks the industrial representative: “Are we responsible for this?” Stefan Wolf admits “many mistakes”, but evades the question: If Environmental disasters happen, it is terrible, “not only this one, but also others – and we have many!” But it bothers him that the industries are always called to their sole responsibility because Destruction of nature takes place in “many other areas”, where “everyone is challenged”.
Also Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier admits: “Of course we also made mistakes. We have that CO2 emissions The former environment minister then gets the curve for his term of office: “But we have reduced it by 40 percent, although the economy is more than twice as big as in 1990!” He recently had an unpleasant encounter in the Bundestag Corona deniers.
Now comes the ex-president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed to speak. The country is threatened by rising sea levels. Nasheed: “We will not be there in 50 or 80 years.” The politician predicts: “We would have to relocate to another country.” But it is not only the population of his country that is affected, “a quarter of the world’s population must flee!” But where?”
“We won’t be there in 50 years!” The #Maldives are seriously threatened by the consequences of climate change. The former President @mohamednasheed warns of devastating damage – which will ultimately also affect Europe. @The first #maischberger # Ecocide #Climate change pic.twitter.com/4bk3DSxuQW
– Maischberger (@maischberger) November 18, 2020
Altmaier at “Maischberger”: Should we send the Bundeswehr to prevent the federal states from building coal-fired power plants?
In response to the indictment from the Indian Ocean chats Altmaier from the sewing box: “I was as Economics Minister in Indonesia and have strongly advertised that you are there Wind turbines and Solar systems installed ”, said the minister. But instead of consent, he received this information from the energy minister there: “We have coal stocks. For us, coal is the cheapest energy. We want to grow quickly. Our people want prosperity! “The minister provocatively asks the group:” If we had that now armed forces should send to invade there and the coal-fired power stations to prevent new construction? “
The Economics Minister Go one better and do the math: There are six large steel companies in Germany. This caused six percent of the German CO2 emissions. You could switch to green steel and use coal in production hydrogen replace, but that would drive steel prices up and lead to steel on the World market is bought in other countries – where it is still produced cheaply and in an environmentally harmful manner. The problem – less CO2 – could not be solved that way.
“Should we have sent the Bundeswehr to prevent coal-fired power plants?” @ peteraltmaier knows from personal experience how complicated a global one is #Climate policy can be in practice. @The first #maischberger # Ecocide #WIELEBEN pic.twitter.com/OVbyaG43lp
– Maischberger (@maischberger) November 18, 2020
Economic forecast for “Maischberger:” We are getting out of the internal combustion engine “
Criticism of politics comes from business representatives of all people. Stefan Wolf speaks out what Environmental activists have long wanted: “We’re getting out of the Internal combustion engine out”. And calls for the expansion of the Electrical infrastructure: “We could do a lot more Electric vehicles sell if there was a reasonable charging structure ”. And gives a current example of the recently opened one Capital airport, in the immediate vicinity Elon Musk currently its new Tesla factory For Electromobility builds. Wolf: “There are 18,000 parking spaces at the beautiful new capital airport, but only 20 charging points.”
Conclusion of the “Maischberger” talk
It was like “Groundhog Day”. The same arguments, the same positions for decades – on both sides and also in this discussion group. The only thing that became clear (again) at the end: There is still a great deal to be done. (Bernd Pipo)