This 15 November 2017 German video is about a Greenpeace action on the river Rhine. Climate activists put a banner, saying ‘[German Chancellor] Merkel‘s dirty secret: coal’ on a ship transporting coal. Another banner admonished Ms Merkel to ‘Action instead of hypocrisy’.
From Radio France International, 16 November 2017:
Unfortunately, Mutti Merkel‘s countrypersons are not doing well. Germany continues to burn heaps of coal and has no chance of meeting its target of reducing greenhouse gas emmissions by 40 percent of 1990 levels by the year 2020.
Germany gets 40 percent of its electricity from coal-burning power stations.
And even the German Green party admits that things won’t get better even by 2030, the deadline they argued for during the recent election campaign.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Merkel refuses to set date to shut coal fired power plants
Thursday 16th November 2017
Speaking at the COP 23 climate summit in Bonn, Ms Merkel said there would be “hard discussions” between her Christian Democrats, the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats
which are talking about having a three-party coalition government after the recent election
on the issue.
The Chancellor admitted coal use was part of the reason why Germany would miss its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets. Germany generates 40 per cent of its electricity from coal.
The German Greens had previously said they’d drop their pledge to set an end date for coal use if it got them into government.
Meanwhile, masked environmental activists forced the partial shutdown of the Weisweiler coal plant west of Bonn by climbing onto conveyor belts.
Operator RWE had to stop running two of the four generating units for lack of fuel.
And Greenpeace, which protested at the same plant on Saturday, said 14 of its activists had protested on a coal ship on the River Rhine, laying out a banner reading: “Merkel’s dirty secret: coal” as the vessel passed the conference venue. …
“The catastrophic effects of climate change are upon us,” Mr Guterres said. “The voice of small island states that are on the front lines of climate change must be the voice of us all.”.
Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) agreed during preliminary coalition talks to give up the country’s climate goal for 2020, according to media reports: here.