As an observer of environmental policy, one felt in the past year, sometimes as a court reporter. In July, the European court of justice ruled on new genetic engineering techniques. In October, the higher administrative court of Münster stopped the clearance of the hambach forest. In the case of the court judgments to intra-urban air pollution, you make the same Comment. Additionally, a number of less spectacular decisions. Germany, for example, was sentenced in June by the European court of justice, because it took too little against the nitrate pollution of groundwater.

In all cases, there were good reasons for the decisions. Who regularly writes on climate policy, who knows how to appreciate it, if someone is employed thoroughly with the matter. But due diligence takes time, and people and environments are not unlimited. The mills of justice grind slowly. I wonder if there is still Diesel cars, when the last of the fine dust will do the judging?

The next court proceedings imminent

A judgment does not always mean the end of the dispute. Sometimes a decision goes to the real problems in the past. The genetic engineering judgment, was a perfect example of this.

Really dark it is when the evidence to the court. Then an endless threatened with hanging game, as you are about to take place currently in a dispute with the nitrogen oxides. Hardly anything is so difficult to measure, such as local air quality, depending on the road. Clarity through measurements, because only with astronomical costs.

There is a noticeable Weariness in the predominance of justice. CDU-politicians want to know the German environmental aid, the public good, however, and funding. Since the next court proceedings on the horizon, guaranteed to be long and with uncertain outcome. If a Federation is attacked by the state, are judges in democratic countries, with good reasons, skeptical. private Frank Uekötter About the author

Frank Uekötter is the author of numerous publications on environmental policy issues, past and present. In 2015 his book “Germany appeared in the Green: An ambiguous success story,” in the case of Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. He teaches spiritual-scientific environmental research at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

the name of The game, incidentally, is one of dozens of organizations that can file a class action. Most of the associations to go with this Instrument responsibly, you should have a broad membership base, providing time-critical questions. The business model of the German environmental aid, the arg to a warning of the Association, yet in the scene the exception.

There is a simple way out: decision-making by the governments. In the last year, no decision of a court, which can not meet a courageous politician would have. With expertise and a good lawyer on the side you can move in the environment policy quite a lot, and maybe also to win elections. There is also a Weariness of politicians, who complain loudly, but never a viable solution to propose.

judges are not able to shirk the decisions, politicians are not heard

To the end of the year, the idea that you have to go in fulfilment. It’s pretty easy to hide behind court rulings. Judges may not shirk decisions. Politicians already.

The profession of the politician, the slow Drilling of hard boards, said Max Weber in January 1919. A hundred years later, politicians might be unnecessary if you don’t want to drill.

authorities are able to manage alone.

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