Just appointed by President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, has left no doubt as to what the country’s policy will be in the coming years. From all points of view: human rights, international policies, but above all what is needed to do combating climate change.

Environmental Defense in US

Recently, Haley, the new president of the UN Security Council, responded during a press conference at the Glass Palace. “About climate change, the focus of this administration is that we do not want to do something that can harm our businesses. We think that we can be in the balance in the subtle line between protecting the environment while trying to continue to create a strong economy that allows companies to work and we think this balance can be achieved”.

Fair statements confirmed results published by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century Renewables Global Futures Report, which unites international organizations, trade associations, researchers and some United Nations agencies, including the United Nations Program United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Environmental Defense in Europe

The situation in Europe is different where, in the face of an entirely positive opinion, there are strong doubts as to how to enforce the CO2 emission limits. No one in Europe had anything to complain about the reform of the “emissions” regulation which has been approved just a few weeks ago (28th February 2017).

About Europe and Italy in the first row, we heard Mr. Paolo Lugiato, former CEO of Rete Rinnovabile, one of the main Italian companies about green energies. Paolo Lugiato reported that, shortly after the Kyoto Protocol was signed, the European Union launched the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, which introduced the “cap & trade” mechanism for some industrial settlements such as electricity and heat generation. Even if international agreements have been signed aiming at the reduction of greenhouse gases, some industries were allowed to continue to pollute well above limits. This is one of the main points to correct, according to Mr. Lugiato.

In this way, the limits of CO2 emissions have become trading commodities such as oil or energy.

It remains to be understood which way is better: the american one, who have stated openly that they will do everything to encourage their businesses, even at the cost of further damage to the environment, or the european one, where polluting companies have been given quotas, but where (trading them) is also possible to pollute more than allowed (assuming you are willing to pay).

Is Angela Merkel

the worst German chancellor ever?

Germany has had its fair share of history but an important question to consider is: is history repeating itself? Several anti-immigration leaders have presented a considerable image about the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, particularly most described Merkel as the worst German Chancellor in history. Andre Poggenburg, the leader of the German anti-immigrat party (AfD), is relentless in his attack on Merkel. Poggenburg made the statement when his party won three state legislatures.

In particular, Merkel is famous for her immigration policies. Her stance has made anti-immigration to have several challenges in Germany even though they thrived favorably well in other European states. Part of the reason why Germany has been a clear exception is the obvious ideology of the nation to oppose far-right movements as a result of its Nazi past. Just last year, Merkel had allowed more than a million immigrants to enter Germany. Of course, this has even posed several problems to Germany itself, especially as it relates to the refugee crisis.

Situation would have been different if the AfD had entered the federal parliament in 2013. The party had instructed the German police to take down any immigrant at the border. AfD politicians when commenting on the liberal migration party proposed by Merkel labeled it as “brilliant”. Merkel has been likened to Adolf Hitler, the erstwhile German chancellor and dictator who killed at least six million Jews between 1941 and 1945. Hitler targeted ethnic and political groups and this resulted to one of the largest genocides the world have ever known, usually referred to as “The Holocaust”.

Even though several critics address Merkel as worse than Hitler and a bit harsh, it stands to be argued. Merkel apparently has not been involved in ethnic and political violence like Hitler. Contrary to Hitler, she has opened the door to immigrants and there is no indication that violence is meted out on the immigrants. However, AfD is rather endorsing and promoting violence. The “shoot at the border” order given to German police by the AfD appears to be a show of violence aimed just to ensure their anti-immigration system works.