Germany abandons their climate target, as their Chancellor sings to the crowd

Eric Worrall writes:

merkelAs the German President publicly berates the Aussie Prime Minister at the G20, with the statement “Climate change won’t stop at the Pacific Islands”, behind the scenes, Germany is preparing to formally abandoning her commitment to a 40% cut in GHG by 2020.

According to the GWPF (referencing a Spiegel article);

The German coalition government is planning to withdraw from its 2020 climate change goals. Notwithstanding public protest, Federal Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) has abandoned the requirement of cutting 40 percent of CO2 emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2020.

“It’s clear that the [2020 CO2] target is no longer viable,” said the vice-chancellor according to information obtained by SPIEGEL, adding: “We cannot exit from coal power overnight.”

Experts have doubted for some time that German climate targets are being met – especially since Gabriel is defending vehemently coal-fired power generation. According to the Ministry of Environment, Germany would have to cut 62 to 100 million tonnes of CO2 every year in order to achieve its goals. Shutting down old coal power stations would only reduce CO2 emissions by 40 million tons.

In his battle with Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) who urged the government to adhere to the climate targets laid down in the coalition agreement, Gabriel has now prevailed. In confidential conversation with the environment minister Gabriel told her that he would not tolerate further resistance to the new government line. “It doesn’t work like that,” the Labour leader said.

Within the SPD, however, criticism of Gabriel’s U-turn is getting louder. In a letter, prominent eco-experts of the Social Democratic Party, including Erhard Eppler, Volker Hauff and Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, the signatories call on SPD ministers in the coalition government not to abandon Germany’s climate targets. They demand that the national reduction target for 2020 should be safeguarded: “This national target is also important because the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2030 which were adopted at the end of October are not ambitious enough.”

In my opinion this is blatant climate hypocrisy at its finest – bold statements and public bullying of skeptical politicians from the German Chancellor, while back at home, Germany rushes full steam ahead to embrace coal, to save her tottering economy from green ruin.  Germany’s new power plants will most likely burn their share of Australian coal – coal the German Chancellor publicly says she wants Australia to leave in the ground.

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November 17, 2014 3:12 pm

Germany’s new power plants will most likely burn their share of Australian coal…
Very little….where Germany gets her coal
and new plants are coming online

Reply to  Latitude
November 17, 2014 4:31 pm

Coal, Oil, wood – its the buyers that create demand, and demand is worldwide. Yours is the exact same illogic that says that the US – which has unlike Germany, reduced coal consumption – is somehow not cleaning itself up as coal exports have risen. Coal mines don’t set the coal on fire – that’s a decision that the buyer makes.
Australia and Canada have huge carbon footprints – but they also mine minerals, oil and other products like wood chips for the rest of the world. This keeps the EU types happy with their exported pollution.

Alberta Slim
Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 17, 2014 4:44 pm

Your carbon footprints are miniscule and are no cause for alarm.
Amount of CO2 in the atmosphere = 0.04% which = 0.0004 of the atmosphere.
Man-made CO2 is 3% of that which = 0.0004×0.03 = 0.000012.
Burning fossil fuels is about 50% of that.
Therefore: The amount of man-made CO2 from burning fossil fuels is about 0.000006 of the atmosphere.
If you are telling me that this miniscule amount of CO2 can cause ice ages and catastrophic global warming
then you are either pushing the Alarmist’s political agenda and/or you are intellectually dishonest.
AND.. that; the sun, Milankovitch cycles; continental drift; volcanism and earthquakes are irrelevant
is totally absurd.

Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 17, 2014 5:17 pm

Actually a lot of Australia’s carbon footprint comes from liquefying natural gas. It requires approximately 10% of the gas to provide the energy to liquefy the rest. To put that in perspective ; currently Western Australia consumes less gas domestically than is used to liquefy the rest for export. However, the carbon cost of liquefying is applied to Australia, not the consumers in Japan.

Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 17, 2014 6:30 pm

Carbon footprint ?
Tell it like it is, not they way corrupt politicians, misguided greenuts, trough dwelling scientists, alternative energy profiteers and BS journo’s like to peddle it.
You must mean CO2 NOT plain old C (carbon – look it up in your periodic table).
CO2 is a benign, colourless, odourless, tasteless, heavier than air gas that is crucial to life on earth.
Where were you when the taught you that in primary school?

Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 17, 2014 11:44 pm

Alberta Slim,
Bad argument: CO2 increased from 290 ppmv to 400 ppmv, but near the entire rise is from human emissions. These are 3% of the (mainly seasonal) cycle, 97% natural, but natural sinks are 98.5% of the total cycle thus leaving 1.5% in the atmosphere, all caused by human emissions. Thus nature is a net sink for CO2, not a source and thus not the cause of the increase. Halve the human emissions (as mass, not original molecules) accumulated over the past 160 years, as in any year (at least over the past 55 years of accurate measurements) human emissions were higher than the increase in the atmosphere.
If the 110 ppmv rise will have dire effects, or even measurable effects, is a complete separate question, but low quantities also is a bad argument. Try the same quantity of HCN in the atmosphere…. Anyway, the longer the “pause” gets, the lower the effect of 2xCO2.

Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 17, 2014 11:50 pm

Carbon is used as common term, because it is only CO2 in the atmosphere (and a small amount of CH4, CFC’s,…), but in the oceans it is 1% CO2, 90% bicarbonates and 9% carbonates. In vegetation it is a host of carbohydrates and a lot of other stuff.
Therefore carbon equivalents are used for all its different forms in the different reservoirs, to make a comparison possible. The carbon balance must be obeyed, no matter in which form the carbon is captured or released…

Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 18, 2014 3:17 am

You seem to have gotten entangled in the underwear of your response. Firstly all the numbers you quote (the most delicious is 98.5, Arw you sure it is not 98.528754😊?) have not error bars. Once you put them in place human contribution starts spanning 0. Conventionally that meant back to the drawing board. But in climate change world it leads to increased confidence. Sort of like the IPCC becoming more confident as CO2 rises but temp does not.
Secondly you take to task concentration wetness and argue on toxicity. What is that a warmest pea thimble move?

Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 18, 2014 6:37 am

Debee, I am sure that the 30% increase of CO2 will not cause any harm to anyone, but if skeptics want to be taken serious, they should use the right arguments, which is about the (lack of) effect of the CO2 increase, not about quantities or origin of the increase (which is surely human).
Humans emit ~9 GtC/year as CO2 from fossil fuel burning alone, based on fossil fuel production and sales (+ an uncertain amount caused by land clearing). Error bar: -0.5 to +1 GtC/year (due to probable under the counter sales). The increase over the past 55 years was in average about halve of that amount per year +/- 2 GtC as natural variability, based on very accurate measurements at a lot of stations (error bar +/- 0.4 GtC/year) all over the oceans. Thus the “error bar” of natural variability in uptake + errors in measurements are less than halve the human emissions. Seems clear to me that humans are responsible for almost all of the increase over at least the past 55 years
Quantities don’t tell you anything about effects, that is never a good argument. The lack of effect over the past 14/18 years with record emissions and CO2 levels is the best argument you can use…

richard verney
Reply to  Tom Andersen
November 18, 2014 3:21 pm

Australia does not have a huge carbon footprint, it is a net carbon sink!

November 17, 2014 3:24 pm

Saw this at the Bishop’s… didn’t comment there as it seems so unsourced.
Der Spiegel writes and we believe? German papers are still papers.
This hasn’t even been officially denied yet.

November 17, 2014 3:29 pm

more on the subject:
17 Nov: Carbonbrief: Germany debates programme to save 2020 climate target
But Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions have been rising for the last three years, bringing this interim goal into question…
Germany’s environment and energy ministers both say that Germany’s new Climate Action Programme must ensure that the 2020 target is met, despite German newspaper Der Spiegel reporting the target would be weakened earlier this week…
But if the government is to hit its overall 2020 goal for the whole economy, it’s going to need more emissions reductions from the energy sector.
The government expects the Energiewende’s current policies will mean the energy sector emits 70 million tonnes less in 2020 than it did in 2013…
This is tricky, because the main cause of Germany’s recent emissions rise is an increase in the use of coal to generate electricity. Coal was responsible for about 45 per cent of Germany’s power in 2013, compared to about 42 per cent in 2010…
But there is a lot of uncertainty about whether proposed reforms to the EUETS will curtail coal use…
COMMENT: A 70 million tonnes of CO2 gap. This is almost certainly greater than the CO2 saved by every single wind turbine and solar panel in Germany.
The arithmetic on this is clear. They won’t meet the target. And it is time people stopped being so deluded on the issue.
COMMENT: The green movement however only have themselves to blame if climate change “skeptics” use this against them. Germany was stupidly held up as a beacon in the fog. Did people not notice the coal power plants being built?
The whole thing is depressing. On the one hand we have people like Bill McKibben telling us to “do the math”, on the other we have people like Bill McKibben telling us that Germany is showing the way. It’s impossible to not conclude that the green movement simply is not up to the task.

Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 3:31 pm

They can always capture the CO2 from burning coal and sequester it into their beer. There’s a market out there for really dark beers…
I could never understand how a country as smart as Germany could ever buy into the idea they could reduce CO2 emissions by 40%, not use nuclear, and remain competitive – never mind the ridiculous time line.

mike restin
Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 4:31 pm

I would have thought with Europe’s leadership history the people would be more suspicious of one world government out to save humanity.
I believe I’ve seen this movie before.
Why is that?

Reply to  mike restin
November 17, 2014 6:17 pm

Now why is it that England is told by the EU to close down its power and meet emissions reductions, and France has been told to close down its nuclear plants, and yet Germany continues to generate coal power.
Does anyone think the Germans will actually be selling electricity to their power impoverished neighbors?

Nigel S
Reply to  mike restin
November 18, 2014 6:43 am

They did the same with battleships!

stewart pid
Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 4:34 pm

Politicians in Germany (and everywhere) will sign their countries up to any nitwit treaty safe in the knowledge they will be long gone before the day of reckoning arrives.

michael hart
Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 4:40 pm

I’ve thought the same thing. German scientists and engineers, so often the worlds finest, treated with such contempt in their own country.
As in the UK, when these grandiose anti-CO2 schemes were hatched, there were undoubtedly competent people who said that such pigs could never fly. But they were ignored.
It seems Germany caught the post WW2 environmental hand-wringing guilt worse than many nations, for obvious reasons. The Fukushima event gave the antinuclear lobby succour, despite the radiation killing nobody, and the tsunami killing many, many thousands. Greenpeace is strong with the dark side.

Alberta Slim
Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 4:49 pm

The smart people aren’t politicians, like in most countries.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 8:52 pm

Angela Merkel grew up in East Germany – anything is possible.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 9:32 pm

They (the leadership) can’t be too bright – they’re using a 1000 year tsunami as an excuse to shut down landlocked reactors. I think the problem is more related to the politics of the wicked witch from the east.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 17, 2014 10:07 pm


Non Nomen
Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 18, 2014 1:03 am

>>I could never understand how a country as smart as Germany could ever buy into the idea they could reduce CO2 emissions by 40%, not use nuclear, and remain competitive – never mind the ridiculous time line.<<
A) The warm-mongering watermelons are still actively rolling around.
B) They have been deceived by those industries that make a profit from subsidies.
C) They are not really interested in common sense.
D) They didn't get their numbers right.
They are not as smart as you think

Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 18, 2014 2:45 am

Robert of Texas:
“I could never understand how a country as smart as Germany could ever buy into the idea they could reduce CO2 emissions by 40%, not use nuclear, and remain competitive – never mind the ridiculous time line.”
Reducing CO2 emissions would be feasible if methods included building nuclear power. The real ‘smartness’ was that the Merkelists decided to close nuclear power plants because of Fukushima tsunami accident. That just does not add up.
One of the reasons to this stupidity is the historically strong ‘Green’ movement that somehow is backed up by solar and wind power lobbyists.
It is also possible that producers of conventional energy are seeing an opportunity here, because the end-user price of electricity went up following implementation of these mad ideas.

Reply to  Hugh
November 18, 2014 1:46 pm

“One of the reasons to this stupidity is the historically strong ‘Green’ movement that somehow is backed up by solar and wind power lobbyists.”
Siemans is a rather large German electrical equipment supplier.(Solar panels need transformers etc etc etc).
It’s one thing to have a ‘cash for clunkers’ program where the replacement is a domestically produced item.
It’s a whole other thing when the replacement is an imported item. German manufacturing concerns are no longer getting fat feeding at the green trough…Chinese manufacturers are.
The politics of subsidizing an ‘imported’ item is generally extremely poor.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 18, 2014 3:18 am

Do not give any idea to green nuts. They will ban beer

Lank sees red
November 17, 2014 3:31 pm

And in other developments….
In a joint press conference with US president Barack Obama in Beijing last week Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China would continue to increase CO2 emissions until 2030. China is currently increasing emissions every year by the equivalent of Australia’s total emissions and Xi’s statement means this will continue. The announcement was applauded by the world media.
Xi said that by 2030 fossil fuels will provide 80% of China’s energy. Renewables such as wind and solar power will produce only 3%. Xi implied that it was important that USA and Europe continue to take the lead in renewables as they seemed to be able to tolerate low levels of growth and high levels of unemployment.

Reply to  Lank sees red
November 17, 2014 3:49 pm

It sounds like a really good deal; –
USA & EU agree to reduce emissions of CO2 ( both will have to shut down most industry to achieve that).
China continues to build up its manufacturing economy and increase emissions of CO2
By 2030 USA & EU will be forced to buy most things from China (or India) at whatever price they want to charge. (the law of supply & demand)
World CO2 will be about the same as if the emissions of CO2 originated from USA & EU.
It’s a really good deal…..just wish I was Chinese !!!

Reply to  1saveenergy
November 18, 2014 3:21 am

If the greenest ever took their argument to its conclusion, then all of the worlds GDP should be created in the US, if not the western world. Look at the carbon emission divided by Gdp throughout the world. Then the western worl can give money to these polluting basket cases.

Reply to  Lank sees red
November 17, 2014 3:54 pm

“Xi implied that it was important that USA and Europe continue to take the lead in renewables as they seemed to be able to tolerate low levels of growth and high levels of unemployment.”
Did he really? Do you have the exact quote? I missed that one. If true, Ouch. If he did that is a kick in the nards and funny as h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

Lank sees red
Reply to  TRM
November 17, 2014 5:08 pm

What other implication could any reasonable person make? Think about it.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Lank sees red
November 17, 2014 4:16 pm

Although the Greens haven’t realized it yet and have universally lauded President Obama’s recent agreement with the Chinese, logic dictates that the arrangement is proof that there is no urgency whatsoever to reduce CO2 emissions.

Non Nomen
Reply to  Alan Robertson
November 18, 2014 1:09 am

Exactly. It’s just a sign of pseudo “Good Will” by the Chinese. And B. Obarmy traipsed into that trap with a grin of doubtful meaning.

Reply to  Lank sees red
November 18, 2014 2:03 am

He didn’t imply that at all and he certainly didn’t say anything that came close to that. What he conveyed was that China was not going to change drastically in the short term but everyone knows that. China cannot be turned around that quickly even if it wanted to. The whole debate is a delusion to allow western politicians to feel good about their position. Next time someone starts on about CO2 ask them where most of their goods come from and then ask them how much CO2 is used to make said stuff. Most people like their modern lifestyles, don’t worry we will continue on the present path.

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm

Germany is using some of the money they are saving by switching from failed renewables to reliable coal to fund an Australian solar project …
One single 3000 Watt radio transmission site … tokenism much?

November 17, 2014 3:39 pm

The biggest weakness of the “lets drastically cut our carbon emissions” groups is not saying how they propose to do it. With numbers. And prices.
This is followed by the main stream media’s failure to ask, “How?” and “How much?”

Reply to  Speed
November 17, 2014 3:55 pm

Speed, watch California. Their 2006 Climate Change Act mandated 1/3 renewable electricity by 2020. Wind, and solar like Ivanpah (working at the moment at half planned capacity-they forgot about clouds). More hydro expressly ruled out. In 2013 CPUC realized intermittency would crash the California grid by 2015 (brownouts, rolling blackouts predicted by the two main utilities), so mandated a further 1.3 GW of energy storage. In a fashion that rules out the long stalled, environmentally benign pumped storage project at Eagle Crest (abandoned iron ore pit mines). The only problem is that no such energy storage technologies presently exist. They are being invented (maybe, maybe not). Details in essay California Dreaming in Blowing Smoke.
IMO it will take a few energy train wrecks like California to bring voters to their senses.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 17, 2014 4:18 pm

Does British Columbia still supply electricity to California? The reason I as is because British Columbians got screwed :

Ben U.
Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 17, 2014 6:51 pm

Rud, maybe you should say:

in essay “California Dreaming” in book Blowing Smoke

. Otherwise people will think that you are mentioning an essay “California Dreaming in Blowing Smoke”. You ran into an analogous problem in attempting to direct Willis to Pseudo Precision in Blowing Smoke.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 19, 2014 5:55 am

garymount, BC was a large net exporter to California up until about 2000.
There are two separate issues, the first being the relative decline in BC electricity exports as domestic demand has grown. The second and separate issue is the compensation to BC for the downstream benefits of the Columbia River Treaty. Starting in 1964, the treaty has no expiry date, but starting in 2024, either party can withdraw from the treaty if 10 years advance notice is provided.

Reply to  Speed
November 18, 2014 2:49 am

“This is followed by the main stream media’s failure to ask, “How?” and “How much?””
Yes, that is pretty interesting. Goes along the lines “is no price too high to protect the environment”, which is a pretty good question to make a difference between a green airhead and an economist/engineer.

November 17, 2014 3:40 pm

Seems the name Gruber is of German decent.

Reply to  fobdangerclose
November 17, 2014 3:43 pm

Austrian. Germanic language.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 17, 2014 4:27 pm

No, according to the Dear Leader Austrian’s speak Austrian. (How does one say “Dear Leader” in Austrian?)

Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 17, 2014 6:23 pm

Mensch, du spinnst.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 18, 2014 2:54 am

mikeishere: “No, according to the Dear Leader Austrian’s speak Austrian. (How does one say “Dear Leader” in Austrian?)”
Well, I think it does not make too bad to call Austrian German as Austrian. They have their own army and own spell check tools, traditionally measuring a language.
Dear Leader might be Der teuer Leiter, though I can’t Austrian that well.

November 17, 2014 3:41 pm

Der Spiegel is as reliable as Time. (I lived in Germany for 6 years, and still read it in German.) Not fact reliable. Heavens no, just like Time. Politically reliable.
In this case, Spiegel is reporting leaking inside stuff to try to build pressure not to back down on official policy, when industry, the grid operators, and the energy ministry knows Germany must, or else abandon the foolish Merkel decision to shut their nucs prematurely. Wishful Energiewende thinking colliding with reality in Europe’s economic ‘engine’.
Should be fun to watch this slow moving train wreck. Lets hope wreckage is flying before Paris COP 2015.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Rud Istvan
November 18, 2014 2:42 pm

Even Soros must be having trouble propping up the Euro to twice its value. Its strength just doesn’t make bread and butter sense. The Canadian dollar is only 70 euro cents with Canada awash in oil, gas and natural resources. Canada comparatively missed the recession and Europe is shredding itself.

November 17, 2014 3:47 pm

What amazes me, is why they keep pushing for this when they know it is not true. They know the drama about extreme weather is rubbish because the own propaganda sheet, the IPCC report says so. Yet they continue to go down this energy poverty way.
Germany has learnt the hard way that the rent seeking windfarm and solar generators so not work. Why then having learnt a hard lesson and seen it fail in Spain, do they continue?
Why so pig headed?

R Taylor
Reply to  Jack
November 17, 2014 7:19 pm

The only eternal and infinite entity in the universe is human ego

Reply to  R Taylor
November 18, 2014 1:55 am

what are you on, I want some.

Climate Heretic
Reply to  Jack
November 17, 2014 7:41 pm

Because they are Saving Face. Which signifies a desire to avoid humiliation or embarrassment and in doing so, maintains their dignity and reputation.
Climate Heretic

Reply to  Climate Heretic
November 17, 2014 10:48 pm

And perks.

November 17, 2014 3:52 pm

The good ship Wishful Thinking just hit the rude rocks of reality. Again.

John Boles
November 17, 2014 4:06 pm

The pace of global climate backpedalling is increasing.

November 17, 2014 4:09 pm

This is what is meant by the expression “chickens coming home to roost”.
It is impossible to rely on “green energy” for power, not if you wish to keep your country out of the economic ditch. The German officials have laid this nest of cockatrice eggs and now the fools have to strangle the monster brood that they hatched. Good fun watching these hapless politico fumblers.

Nick Stokes
November 17, 2014 4:13 pm

Loose headlining here
“Germany abandons”
means “GWPF thinks Germany might sometime abandon”

Reply to  Nick Stokes
November 17, 2014 4:41 pm

Racehorse (oh, that is over at CA), this about a Der Spiegel article. Not GWPF, who reported a report on it. Go to the primary sources. Don’t read German, at least try Google translate. The energy minister has urgently recommended immediately abandoning the 2020 targets. Fact. And the underlying reason facts are clearly on his side. Along with all of industry, and even (it appears now) some unions. He is presenting the stark facts behind a political choice.

November 17, 2014 4:13 pm

Didn’t Germany have a knee-jerk reaction to Fukushima?

Reply to  ossqss
November 17, 2014 4:45 pm

Yes. Part of what is behind this, behind the scenes. And Spiegel knows their readers know.

Gentle Tramp
November 17, 2014 4:14 pm

>>As the German President publicly berates the Aussie Prime Minister at the G20, with the statement “Climate change won’t stop at the Pacific Islands”, behind the scenes<<
It is not really important, but Chancellor Merkel is not the "German President". In Germany the chancellor has the same function as the prime minister in Australia. The current President of Germany is Joachim Gauck who would have told the same kind of nonsense of course. So this little mistake doesn't matter much… 😉

Billy Liar
Reply to  Gentle Tramp
November 18, 2014 11:13 am

Obama and Merkel berate their host at the G20. What is it about progressives that makes them so objectionable? The European leadership reacted the same way when Austria had the temerity to elect a right wing leader IIRC.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Billy Liar
November 18, 2014 2:51 pm

Funny, they didn’t like it much when the Canadian Prime Minister scolded them and advised them on wiser courses for their economies about half a dozen years ago (Harper is an economist). They have been dumping on this upstart Canada ever since, … even the Eurocentric UN sent speech makers over to criticise how the country treats its poor, its native people, conducts seal hunts,…. etc. etc. These Progressives do have thin skins, along with other thin things. How dare you!!

November 17, 2014 4:21 pm

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what the politicians say or what substantial targets they set. Significant CO2 reductions are technically impossible given current technology or would otherwise bankrupt the country. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence saw that from the beginning. So expect a continuation of bold announcements followed by weaseling out of them later.
Although usually a politician does not expect to be successful enough in the long run to be the same person who set the bold target and who did the weaseling.

November 17, 2014 4:30 pm

“Climate change won’t stop at the Pacific Islands”
The hypocrisy aside, has anyone noticed the complete reversal of the CAGW meme?
When the alarmism fist began, we heard shrieks like “its happening already in the Arctic!”. This, supposedly due to “arctic amplification”. Now that the Arctic is refusing to be ice free, and the Antarctic is setting ice extent records, suddenly they want to talk about it as if it is “happening already” in the Pacific, on islands.
I turned on the seat heaters in my car today. Warming my _ss!

Reply to  davidmhoffer
November 17, 2014 4:52 pm

…maybe borrow some “hot air” from die Furher… 🙂
Coal will never run try …by the time it becomes low in supply we will be using some new super new renewable technology to keep from freezing…. VODKA

Les from AB
Reply to  davidmhoffer
November 17, 2014 5:15 pm

I turned on my steering wheel warmer too. Love it!

Reply to  davidmhoffer
November 17, 2014 7:18 pm

Dang right. Then for a while there we had lots of noise about worsening storms, droughts, wildfires …. then a few honest publications mumbled quietly that “it ain’t quite so..” and so they went back to “hottest [fill in the blank] ever!” and “rising sea levels!” … which is about all they have to go on right now.
Although there are still a few blogs out there that love to drag up the worst ever storm/drought/fire theme occasionally.

Col Klink
November 17, 2014 4:44 pm

If the braindead morons hadn’t shut down so much of their nuclear power, they probably wouldn’t even be having these discussions. At the time Merkle claimed they could meet their reduction agreements without nuclear, replaced by coal plants.

November 17, 2014 4:47 pm

Germany abandons a renewable battery energy factory. Germany abandons nuclear power in favor of gas and coal. But then Germany has the cheek during the G20 talks to aks Australia to work harder on reducing CO2 emissions.

November 17, 2014 4:53 pm

Deutschland unter alles.

Reply to  thebillyc
November 17, 2014 8:24 pm

Except soccer for the next 4 years (if FIFA is stupid enough to play the next World Cup in Quatar)

November 17, 2014 4:58 pm

Overall, the politicos are going to feel the pain of the public when the global economies fail…partly to their buying into the green movement…econazis throwing the world into the dark ages.

Reply to  highflight56433
November 18, 2014 2:16 am

The global economy won’t fail because of the ‘partly buying into the green movement’, it will fail because of lack of growth, in turn because of lack of increasing demand, in turn because of saturated global markets. We need alien help.

November 17, 2014 5:02 pm

Jesus seemed to think that hypocrisy was the worst of crimes, but it appears to have some real uses. Such as saving your country from idiotic public policies and beginning to back off from panic over warning that is not even happening.

John fisk
November 17, 2014 5:42 pm

In the face of economic meltdown across the EU the “emperors new clothes” of renewables and climate change have finally been shown as a scam!

Reply to  John fisk
November 18, 2014 2:23 am

No it hasn’t. You just want to believe that. The EU continues to press for energy use change. The fact that the numbers and technology won’t allow that to happen seems to be something they cannot grasp. The German experience is interesting only because they manufacture so much and therefore are effected by these changes greater than e.g. the UK, which relies on China for most of its manufactured goods.

November 17, 2014 5:51 pm

And therein lies the fatal blunder by the Greens and the politicians. They thought you could shame and scare the world into being fossil fuel free over night. Turns out you can’t put the fossil fuel switch to off and that means their hopes of claiming to be the saviors of the world based on limiting CO2 are doomed. Instead they will become the laughing stock because business, life, and CO2 are going to go on as usual at least for this century without any ill affects on people. All of our efforts to discredit the science and propaganda didn’t come close to the reality that even if they were right what they want can’t be done without suffering serious health, living standard, and economic problems. The cure is worse than the supposed problem. Unfortunately some of the damage they’ve done so far may be long lasting… children today being taught CO2 is the boogieman.

John fisk
Reply to  markl
November 17, 2014 6:18 pm

The only real way to cut consumption and emissions is to cut populations, not very trendy but there must be a number at which population and planet resources balance. Forcing 1st world countries to abandon industrialisation and return to poverty in the mad chase to reduce a trace gas is bonkers.

Reply to  John fisk
November 18, 2014 2:29 am

Most so called 1st world countries don’t manufacture much as a percentage of their GDP well by comparison to themselves 100 years ago or e.g. China today. That’s the nonsense of the argument, we have exported our CO2 needs that’s all. People like their modern lifestyles e.g nobody really cycles to work, well unless you love in the Netherlands of course.

Reply to  markl
November 18, 2014 1:20 am

In the UK the effect will not just be long lasting but a permanent destruction of the UK economy and way of life. The Climate Change Act requires 80% of UK energy (30 – 35 GW) to come from renewables . ie wind. At present , according to the grid watch:
wind supplies 1.67GW of the 41GW demand. Over the course of a year that contribution can vary from 0.4 to 6GW . Now from the same website it is estimated that 35GW from wind requires 17 – 35000sq km of land , compared to a total UK land area of 244000 sq km . Even allowing for placing 1/2 of the wind farms off shore , because England in particular is one of the most densely populated countries in the world , up to 3 million people will have to be relocated or forced to live underneath the turbines .
The cost to the UK GDP will be so colossal that the country will have to turn to the IMF for help (again!) and will the rest of the world ie mainly USA and Germany want to help rescue UK from its entirely self imposed madness? Only if it is not itself going through the same idiotic trauma.

Reply to  markl
November 18, 2014 4:52 am

Well spoken, markl.
The Greens, as you said, are just scaremongering and trying to grab power, while posing as ‘saviors of the world’. They’ve succeeded in exploiting fear to grab political power, but have clearly failed as saviors.
And you are correct that there is really no compelling need to ‘save the world’ from CO2, because there is no compelling proof that man-made CO2 causes climate catastrophes.
There are far worse evils, emanating from the Middle East.

November 17, 2014 6:09 pm

Goldie makes a very good point.
The current regime for calculating carbon dioxide emissions unfairly casts countries like Australia as high emitters because of the energy exports. I think it would be interesting if the carbon emissions were calculated in the same may as consumption taxes with the ultimate consumer of the energy being attributed all of the emissions produced in extracting and transporting the energy to them. This would make the emissions figures for the hypocritical Europeans look even worse

Reply to  ggf
November 17, 2014 8:12 pm

Not only that, this stupid, unfair per capita crap that penalises small populations over large ones and completely ignores the ultimate goal. CO2 fertilisation alone has increased uptake in Australia so that in 2014 we will be ABSORBING more CO2 than in 1999. Australia has already reached Nett Zero. It should be noted that in 1999 we absorbed almost 20 times what we emitted, and with global greening in 2014 we will absorb more than 21 times what we emit simply because plant growth is up some 6%. 6% × 20 is 1.2 so total absorbtion is now 21.2 times. By the time CO2 reaches 430 PPM our absorbtion will be up to 23 times our emission. I wanna know where our payments are for sinking the rest of the worlds CO2 emissions.

Reply to  ggf
November 18, 2014 2:49 am

The hypocrisy of the Austrialian Greens (and Merkel for that matter) is that:

In 2010, Australia was the world’s largest coal exporter and fourth-largest liquefied natural gas exporter. Australia is one of the few countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that is a significant net hydrocarbon exporter, sending abroad about two-thirds of its total energy production. Energy exports accounted for 34% of total commodity export revenues. At $36 billion in 2010, coal represented over half of energy export revenue.
If they really were serious they would cut off all those coal burning polluters by the source, wouldn’t they?
Oh wait, then Australia would have to find $36 BILLION BUCKS of other stuff to export…

November 17, 2014 7:52 pm

Thanks, Eric. I’m glad to read Germany is not committed to suicide.
At least not yet.

November 17, 2014 8:02 pm

they are worrying about CO2 reduction they should be worried about icelands Bardarbunger volcano it is sending out 30000 – 40000 tons of SO2 every 24 hours and if it goes bang well lets hope and pray it never will.

November 17, 2014 9:20 pm

There was another interesting German climate news item on the same day: The “Mercedes” company (which isn’t really called that) will shut down Germany’s ONLY car battery factory. Another supposed future tech that got no future in Germany…

Reply to  Matt
November 18, 2014 1:14 am

Hey we can’t build everything. We’ll concentrate on the subsystems where we can make a profit, ‘kay? (I’m not at Daimler; but I’m not that far away either)

Reply to  DirkH
November 18, 2014 2:33 am

Apart from the Euro nonsense, you wouldn’t.

Reply to  DirkH
November 18, 2014 2:55 am

Germany was committed to the Euro by the 16 year “conservative” chancellor Helmut Kohl (same party as Angela Merkel). It is rumoured that agreeing to the Euro was the price the French demanded for agreeing to the reunification.

Reply to  Matt
November 18, 2014 12:45 pm
Walter Sobchak
November 17, 2014 9:23 pm

Angela Merkel has been a big wheel in German Politics for 9 years which is a long time in any political system. A politician who does not talk out both sides of his mouth will not hang to his office for very long. Angel Merkel talks out of both sides of her mouth. So what?

Non Nomen
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
November 18, 2014 1:14 am

Just call it drivel…

Reply to  Non Nomen
November 18, 2014 2:37 am

more like ventriloquism, with most of the other Euro countries on her lap.

November 18, 2014 12:59 am

If Germany doesn’t cut back on its commitment now, it will have to do so next year.

November 18, 2014 1:11 am

Environment minister, SPD’s Hendricks, wants 40% CO2 reduction and coal power plant closures if necessary. Come what may, the climate shall be saved!
Vice chancellor , SPD’s Gabriel, wants to preserve the stream of incoming loot aka tax payer money, – Come what may, the loot shall be saved!
The media take this or that position depending on what they think will work better to save them from their imminent death.
The German citizen watches the spectacle with disgust, and apathy, and hopes both the media and the bloc parties just die. Oh and the EU please.

November 18, 2014 3:10 am

Whatever the politics, they have no chance of achieving the 40%. Most of the reductions already achieved since 1990 were during the early 1990’s after shut down of old East German heavy industry.
Emissions have actually risen since 2009, a new tranche of coal power stations is coming on line and most nuclear is still operating (currently contributing 17% of power, and due to close by 2022).
All the figures are here

Reply to  Paul Homewood
November 18, 2014 7:57 am

Half of the nuclear reactors are still operating. The other half has been shut down after Fukushima.

Reply to  DirkH
November 18, 2014 10:56 am

Yes, I gather that nuclear still supplies 17% of power, and they are planned to phase out by 2022

Reply to  DirkH
November 19, 2014 6:05 am

But the effects are not equal. 8 reactors, the oldest, were shut down in the wake of Fukushima. The nine best performing and largest reactors will be operating to 2022.

Dodgy Geezer
November 18, 2014 4:23 am

@Walter Sobchak
..Angela Merkel has been a big wheel in German Politics for 9 years which is a long time in any political system. A politician who does not talk out both sides of his mouth will not hang to his office for very long. Angel Merkel talks out of both sides of her mouth. So what?
Margaret Thatcher was a cabinet minister for 20 years and a Prime Minister for 11, without changing her principles one iota.

November 18, 2014 6:05 am

One key to understanding what is going on is that Merkel is not trying to make sense, but is governing strictly following opinion polls. If a frantic majority is running scared and clamouring for shutting down nukes, that is what she will do, come hell or high water. If the majority wants to save the climate by any means possible, she will pretend to “lead” the way in that direction, also, and simply wait until it dawns on the populace that this would mean economic suicide. Then, when time is ripe, she will reverse course. Simple.
Before the election in 2005, when she was widely regarded as a shoo-in for victory, she did her best to give a Maggie Thatcher impression. By doing so, she almost managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, beating down-and-out Schroeder by a razor-thin margin. She learned her lesson, like a good girl, and ever since has stood for exactly nothing but carefully governing to public opinion.

johann wundersamer
November 18, 2014 6:13 am

So. Importing a phrase. And forget about what Mein Führer links to Your President.
brg – Hans

November 18, 2014 7:04 am

Trust-But-Verify only works if you have a President that wants to enforce it, right Barry?

November 18, 2014 11:12 am

Germans = Angst + Romantik +Planwirtschaft (planned economy)

Oscar Bajner
November 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Whenever I encounter the phrase “Carbon Footprint”, I have to gag, and then I generally swear a lot, until the nausea fades. I always try to imagine this trail of carbonized imprints we are all leaving everywhere, like some post historic Diplodoci, trudging wearily through the carboniferous bogs, of yesteraeon.
I had hoped that serious people would have by now have passed through this climate alarum
and moved on from carbonized footmarks, like we once moved on from casting bronze keepsakes of baby footprints, and regained some sanity, but I have despaired, there are so few
willing to think, and so many able to parrot.

November 18, 2014 5:40 pm

Hang on. Was this Aussie rip shirt completely dead set against AGW and labelled it as nonsense? We need to see who or what is pulling his strings.
If Angie pee’d off Putin completely, he might decide not to supply her EU with gas. So who is pulling her strings because businesses are butt aching from the loss of trade to Russia at the moment.. And Russia still requires paying!

November 19, 2014 8:06 am

Germany will, unless there’s a change in course allowing nuclear power plants to operate, either be burning more coal by 2022 than it did in 1990; or the cities will be burning due to riots with millions more out of work after the collapse of energy-intense manufacturing sector. With France already on the brink of collapse; embracing a shutdown of its nuclear power sector (IIRC it provides ¾ of all electrical power in France), all of Western Europe is likely to suffer a similar fate.
ISTM that that is what the Greens have always wanted.
Germany’s Vice-Chancellor SIgmar Gabriel “sees” the queues of the unemployed already; not just those from the proposed shutting down of coal mining in Germany, but also the consequences of companies moving their real business to countries with cheaper energy. Coal is the heartbeat of Germany.
The figures:
Gross electricity production 2013 by source
Brown coal 25.5%
Nuclear energy 15.4%
Hard coal 19.3%
Natural gas 10.7%
Mineral oil products 1.1%
Renewable energy sources 24.0%
Other energy sources 4.0%
NB: The renewables include hydro and biomass. Wind amounted to 8% and PV solar to 5%.

November 21, 2014 4:29 am

Energy supplies threatened by tension with Putin, Eurozone slowing down… of course she is building coal fired stations. She isn’t an idiot.

November 21, 2014 4:58 pm

I offered a $20 000 even money bet on the Guardian website yesterday that Germany would not meet its 2020 target. No takers yet but you never know. Will let you know the outcome.

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