Former Vice President and climate change crusader Al Gore took his war against fossil fuels to Europe this week, warning Germany their efforts to fight global warming were rapidly becoming “out of date.”
According to Politico, Gore was speaking in Berlin to a group of “climate change activists” when he called-out Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government for losing its edge in the global fight against pollution.
“Germany was a model for the rest of the world and a narrative took hold here in Germany that might be summarized as ‘Germany leads and everyone follows,’” Gore told Politico. “But that narrative is now out of date.”
“Germany is in danger of being left behind as more aggressive EU governments seize the lead,” he added. “The competitive advantages and job creation advantages of the sustainability revolution put Germany at risk of being left behind. Of course, the subsidies for coal in Germany are enormous.”
Merkel made international headlines years ago when she ordered Germany to move away from nuclear energy -which accounted for nearly 20% of its power production- in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
As a result, the nation turned towards coal and other fossil fuels to mitigate the energy crisis.
Read the full story at Politico.