German Coal Mine Is Clearing the Ancient Hambach Forest

German Coal Miner Is Clearing the Ancient Hambach Forest

The mine between Cologne and the Dutch border tears a chunk the size of Manhattan into the German countryside. It’s adding to political headaches for Chancellor Angela Merkel, all the while hardening the views of both green activists who want to protect the forest and thousands of workers seeking to preserve their jobs. The tension strikes at the heart of a question the government for years has refused to answer: When will it move on its long-held ambition to wind down use of the most polluting fossil fuel?

“RWE misread the mood of the public by moving ahead to dig up the forest,” said Claudia Kemfert, a professor for energy economics at the DIW research institute in Berlin. “Hambach is a symbol of the watershed we’ve reached in this country. The country knows it.”

via Bloomberg German Coal Miner Is Clearing the Ancient Hambach Forest