Germany’s task force for phasing out coal was meant to launch this week, but yesterday the government quietly announced it is delaying the kick-off. It is the third time the coal exit commission’s launch has been delayed. The task force has become so controversial – even before it comes into existence – that the government can’t get it started. Since the idea was proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year, it has been plagued by fighting over who will lead it, what it will do, and how much power it will have. There have been arguments about the most minute aspects of the committee, such as what it should be called, who should be in it, and what it should list as its deliverables. Despite the delays, Berlin is insisting that it will stick to its time line of setting an end date for the use of coal in Germany by the end of the year. A previous attempt to form a coalition government between the Christian Democrats, Liberals and Greens collapsed under the weight of intense disagreements between the free-market Liberals and environmentalist Greens over the coal phase out. Bununla birlikte birçok anlaşmazlıklar ortaya çıktı. The government has set aside 1.5 billion euros to help coal-heavy regions transition to other forms of economic activity by 2021. They have also committed to increasing Germany’s share of renewable power to 65 percent by 2030, up from a 50 percent target in their previous coalition. Forbes

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