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Merkel's Widening Emissions Gap Piles Pressure on Coal Power

  • Cabinet this week to announce slow progress in cutting CO2
  • Curbing coal power may be fastest way to bridge CO2 gap
A cooling tower emits vapor at the coal powered power plant operated by RWE AG in Lingen, Germany, on May 22, 2018. 

A cooling tower emits vapor at the coal powered power plant operated by RWE AG in Lingen, Germany, on May 22, 2018. 

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
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Germany’s efforts to cut greenhouse gases to meet European Union target are faltering, creating a a widening gulf between expectations and reality that’s causing some policy makers to seek a quick fix by closing coal plants.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has pledged to cut carbon pollution by 2020 by two-fifths compared with 1990 levels but a new Environment Ministry forecasts show Germany is likely to fall well short of its goals. The gap is fueling criticism by opposition lawmakers who want to cap coal generation.