The climate protection activist from Fridays for Future, Luisa Neubauer, certifies that Transport Minister Volker Wissing has failed in the fight against global warming and calls for the FDP politician to resign.

Last year it became clear that Wissing was engaged in “well-documented refusal to work,” she told the German Press Agency in Berlin. Instead of living up to his primary responsibility in the cabinet and implementing coalition promises and international obligations, his work fell through with an internal review by a commission of experts.

“This failure must have consequences”

Neubauer, who is a member of the Greens, also criticized that the climate targets in traffic had been radically “undermined”. This was shown by the Federal Environment Agency’s official estimate of greenhouse gas emissions last week. “This failure must have consequences,” she demanded. “We expect Chancellor Olaf Scholz to put his foot down and demand Volker Wissing’s resignation.”

With a view to the urgent warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) about the rapidly escalating climate crisis, Neubauer also referred to the democratic duty of all federal ministers to comply with their own laws, such as the Climate Protection Act. The UN goals and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear, and the federal government has also decided to comply with the 1.5 degree limit.

“Translated, that means: We don’t have another legislative period to waste on a transport minister who refuses to do his job.” Neubauer announced that Fridays for Future would start an online petition addressed to Scholz and Wissing demanding their resignation.

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