German President Joachim Gauck gave one of the most rational speeches on energy and environmental policy.
No apocalyptic scenarios, no eco-fiction and a call to deal rationally and objectively with environmental and climate issues. “There is no better fertile soil for new ideas and solutions than an open society with open markets and free competition.”
Journalists love to start their articles with a symbolic scene. I was given such a scene upon entering the park of Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the German President. For two days, the elite of the German environmental movement were meeting there. Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa and 197 other companies had set up their tents in the Presidents’ garden to show how they are saving the planet. When I went through security, I saw a fox. The small animal in its short summer fur is obviously annoyed by what is happening in the park. I cannot help but use this metaphor: the eco-industry comes, nature leaves.