November 3rd, 2009
11:50 AM ET
13 years ago

Merkel addresses joint meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON (CNN) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, telling U.S. lawmakers that the world needs an agreement on global warming.

"Icebergs are melting in the Arctic. In Africa, people become refugees because their environment has been destroyed," she said.

"We need an agreement on one objective: Global warming must not exceed two degrees Celsius."

She said the agreement must be reached at a the climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, next month.

Merkel is the first German chancellor to address a joint meeting of Congress.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. CNN 100% censored reader

    OK everybody, all together now: "You Lie." The sun causes temperature changes on earth. Also, there was more noxious gases released from Mt. St. Helens than all automobiles driven in the last 100 years. It's just like liberals; faulty and selective data.

    November 3, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Dear Ms. Merkel,

    Your credentials are the leader of European conservatives can't hide the fact that you are a radical leftist extremist just like Obama, Colin Powell, Charlie Crist and Deedee what'shername (the gal who just got booted out of the NY Republican Party).

    In fact, how dare you talk to usAmericans in degree Celsius! Only the devil, and not any God-fearing Americans, know what a degree Celsius is!


    Palin-Limbaugh 2012

    November 3, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Robert

    global warming is a lie ! sciencetist have proven that.

    though its funny that she gets more respect then our own presdent by the gop? that's saying a lot

    November 3, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Edwin

    I wish America still meant advancement in science and knowledge.

    We used to be a big, powerful country which tried to make the world a better place, by using our money to advance science and advance social issues and actually HELP people.

    We are still big and still powerful, but we are no longer near the top in education, science, or social issues. We are rapidly becoming a backward country.

    November 3, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Scott

    To all that say that she is leftist or socialist, being conservative in America is totally different than being conservative in Europe. She's a member of their conservative party, but she's in the middle left. You won't see what Americans think of conservative in any part of Europe.

    November 3, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. devilsporkchop

    too bad chancellor Merkel didn't understand that most Republicans in congress have little to no idea what Celsius stands for - Republicans zoned out and are wondering what kind of 'death panels' the Germans have in their Socialistic health care system.

    November 3, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. lila

    And she is a conservative. Why do we have such a low brow conservative party? The environment was a republican issue in my fathers day.

    November 3, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. seebofubar

    The average global temperature is 1.2 deg C cooler than it was in 1998 and is currently at .2 deg C below normal. The average global temperture from 1880 until 2009 has changed less than .8 deg C. For the past 30 yrs the global temperture has averaged .1 deg C above normal. Someone please tell me why we should even acknowledge the climate change wackos? Concentrate on real problems, there's enough of them to go around.

    November 3, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Emmanuel Goldstein

    There can be no solution unless it is universal. Does the EU suggest invading China when it doesn't comply with its wishes???

    November 3, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    Well one thing is for sure. If we are in a global warming and do nothing about it until we finally realize it after it becomes critical, then it will be to late. Now if we do something about it now and there is no global warming then we will have prolonged the lowered earth temps.
    The problem is that not everyone thinks we are experiencing global warming and china doesn't care so what do we do. Let the Republicans resolve the issue. I am sure they will find a way to start another war and claim the addional temp increase is from all the heat generated by the Nukes that went off someplace they did not like. That is their simi-standard response for everything. The only other sloution to any other problem is to give tax cuts. They have even figured you can give tax cuts to the poor who have not work or money and the tax cuts will free up enough of the income they don't have to be able to buy affordable high priced health care insurance

    November 3, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Mike, Albany

    To those who are saying "read the science", let me remind you that Merkel is a scientist by training - she's a chemist. I'm sure she reviewed the scientific evidence concerning climate change before making her statements to congress.

    November 3, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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