Germany blocks EU deal on carbon emissions to protect domestic auto industry

The Canadian Press reports:

Germany has blocked a European Union agreement on capping car carbon emissions because the deal could have cost jobs and harmed its domestic auto industry, officials said Friday.

The blunt admission that Europe’s biggest economy put business interests before environmental standards is at odds with Germany’s image as a champion of green issues. The country has invested heavily in renewable energy and Chancellor Angela Merkel has previously advocated a global agreement to curb climate change, which scientists say is largely driven by carbon emissions.

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