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Britische Umweltverbände verklagen Regierung über Klimapolitik der “geretteten” Banken

Stop Climate ChaosNachdem die britische Regierung die Mehrheit bei den größten heimischen Banken übernommen hat, folgt nun die nächste Herausforderung. Drei englische NGOs verklagen die Regierung, weil sie beim Management der übernommenen Banken (wie RBS) den eigenen Ethik-Standards nicht gerecht wird. Mehr dazu im Bericht der Financial Times oder direkt bei Stopclimatechaos oder World Development Movement (WDM).

Die drei klagenden Gruppen berufen sich in ihrer Klage auf die ethischen Vorgaben wie auch auf die allgemeinen Politiken der Regierung, die sich gern als Vorreiter gegen den Klimawandel versteht. Hauptziel ihrer Klage ist dabei die Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), die sich in der Vergangenheit selber als die “oil and gas bank” bezeichnet hat und seit der Übernahme durch den Staat nicht unbedingt durch “bessere” Kreditpolitik aufgefallen ist. Zu ihren letzten Kunden gehören (Zitat von WDM): Continue reading

Who inventend the “Green New Deal”?

Green New Deal groupI am currently working on a meta-study about the job potential of Green policies (or a Green New Deal) in these days of economic crisis. The study should be available in a few weeks – and any input about job estimates and scenario’s is highly appreciated. But while working on this I was wondering who actually termed the phrase of a “Green New Deal”?

From my (limited) EU/German/UK perspective I have so far seen the debate and terminology taking off at different places over the past year. The first essential contribution and to my knowledge also the first mentioning of the term is in Van Jones’ great book “The Green Collar Economy” which must have been out around spring 2008. In this book he devotes a specific chapter to his idea of a Green New Deal (for the US) considering a new partnership encompassing a wide variety of different social groups who would bring about economic change and a low-carbon economy.

In July 2008 the “Green New Deal GroupContinue reading

Obama in Berlin: so much about the UK’s special relationship

The one thing you learn when you spend time around UK politics, is the never-ending talk about the alleged UK-US “special relationship”. Tony Blair sucked up to that with his uncritical support of the US invasion in Iraq and whenever the slightest doubt about European integration is voiced from US politicians, you can be sure that UK politicians take it up – and defend their “special relationship”. Obama’s great speech in Berlin yesterday should once and for all put things straight: If anyone then Germany is the US’s first partner in Europe. It is by far its biggest economy, it holds key positions both in NATO and the EU and it is at the heart of Europe. If any one country makes sense to be a broker for the US in Europe it would be Germany. But if I was US president, I would obviously let the Brits in their belief of the special bond. – Yo Brits, follow where we tell.

But besides the (right) symbolical choice for the delivery of Obama’s speech in Berlin, the speech itself was actually good. There are three things that I will keep remembering. First was his insistence on freedom. “Freiheit” is a notion Continue reading