The prospects of Germany meeting its global warming goals is getting so bleak that not even former Vice President Al Gore seems optimistic the country can meet its emissions targets.
“If I were a citizen of Germany, I would be concerned about Germany being left behind,” said Gore said during an event in Berlin.
“One can’t rest on one’s laurels,” Gore said. “The leadership provided in years past created a reality that now no longer exists. Other countries are moving much faster than Germany.”
Germany, once held up as a poster child for climate policy, is not on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to meet the country’s 2020 goals, despite hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on the Energiewende, or “energy transition.”