Germany fails to meet EU climate targets, will get billed billions

From Focus Magazin (h/t to GWPF)

The failure to meet European Union climate targets will cost Germany billions. According to a report, the German deficit means the government will have to buy CO2 certificates from Eastern Europe for two billion euros.

While Germany is missing its climate target by just under three percent, countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary are doing significantly better, according to a report by Wirtschaftswoche.

Apparently Berlin is already preparing to make the payments. A spokesman for Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) told “Wirtschaftswoche”: “We would rather invest the money in climate protection and the modernization of the infrastructure in Germany.”

Full story (in German)

(I predict that Germany,when officially told they have to buy billions in CO2 certificates, will tell the EU to go “stuff it” -Anthony)

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95 thoughts on “Germany fails to meet EU climate targets, will get billed billions

    • Apparently Berlin is already preparing to make the payments.

      One born every minute.

      Seems to be true in Berlin.

      • If the Germans are smart about this, they will “re-imagine” their emissions accounting and say it all OK – Drax (and Volkswagen) style.
        It’s not as if country-scale “carbon emissions” are anything more than fairy-tales to start with, so Adjusticene fun is easy.

        • Can’t you just come up and say “I was about to pollute but now I changed my mind, that’s like un-pollution or negative pollution so gimme gimme gimme”?

        • All they have to do is discover that some emissions are cooling, not warming, net. Transfer from column A to column B and it is balanced.

          • I’m sure that all that black carbon from the German power plants could catch some radiation before it warms ground level (earth or sea), compensating for all that “carbon” that warms…

        • Time for a ‘yo mutti’ joke.

          Yo mutti so dumb … she thinks the EU fining German taxpayer billions of Euros equals economic growth.

    • Told you so,
      16 years ago,
      See below,
      [Ho! Ho! Ho!]

      My co-authors and I published in 2002 as follows:
      Source: DEBATE ON THE KYOTO ACCORD
      PEGG, reprinted in edited form at their request by several other professional journals, THE GLOBE AND MAIL and LA PRESSE in translation, by Baliunas, Patterson and MacRae.
      http://www.friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/KyotoAPEGA2002REV1.pdf

      1) We correctly predicted THE FAILURE OF MOST GREEN ENERGY SCHEMES in 2002, as follows:

      “THE ULTIMATE AGENDA OF PRO-KYOTO ADVOCATES IS TO ELIMINATE FOSSIL FUELS, BUT THIS WOULD RESULT IN A CATASTROPHIC SHORTFALL IN GLOBAL ENERGY SUPPLY – THE WASTEFUL, INEFFICIENT ENERGY SOLUTIONS PROPOSED BY KYOTO ADVOCATES SIMPLY CANNOT REPLACE FOSSIL FUELS.”

      2) In the same debate, we also wrote that THE ALLEGED GLOBAL WARMING CRISIS DOES NOT EXIST:

      “CLIMATE SCIENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE THEORY OF CATASTROPHIC HUMAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING – THE ALLEGED WARMING CRISIS DOES NOT EXIST.”

      I suggest we were correct on both these points 16 years ago –
      grid-connected green energy is a costly, intermittent, unreliable farce, and
      the climate models that predicted catastrophic global warming are all running ‘way too hot.

      We have one more climate prediction published in 2002 that has yet to materialize, but it is not due quite yet – it was predicted to start by about 2020-2030. Guesses?

      Maybe you should ask the IPCC – they haven’t got one prediction correct to date – maybe it’s time they got lucky.

      Regards, Allan MacRae, P.Eng.

      TODAY – from the GWPF:

      4) THE TRUTH ABOUT WIND ENERGY: ‘THE READILY AVAILABLE WIND POWER CAPACITY IN GERMANY IS LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF INSTALLED CAPACITY’
      Klaus Stratmann, Handelsblatt, 27 September 2018

      There are nearly 30.000 wind turbines in Germany. However, the latest figures prove that the available wind power capacity is negligible.

      Berlin — The numbers are impressive: according to the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), 29,900 wind turbines have been installed in Germany.

      Their share in German electricity production amounts to a considerable 18.8 percent. Their installed capacity is 56,000 megawatts (MW). Thus, within just over two decades, wind power has developed from a niche market to a pillar power generation.

      On closer inspection, however, a blatant weakness is evident: Although 56,000 MW of installed capacity corresponds to 56 large coal power plants, the decisive contribution for the entire power generation system, namely the reliable contribution of wind turbines to electricity production, is disappointing: “The actual production figures show that the readily available wind power capacity in Germany is less than one percent of installed capacity,” says Oliver Then, Managing Director of the VGB PowerTech Association.

      The association sees itself as a neutral technical discussion platform for planners, manufacturers and owners of all types of power plants. Oliver Then relies on recent research findings. They have been seen by Handelsblatt and will be presented shortly. VGB PowerTech has analyzed in detail the real wind power production in 2016 in Germany and other European countries like Great Britain, Denmark, Spain and Portugal.

      The message of their findings is clear: even if the expansion of wind power is going to progress rapidly, there will always have to be back-up capacity, e.g. by fossil power plants. “Wind power inevitably requires system partners who together ensure supply and grid stability,” says Then.

      Translation GWPF

      • Germany has reportedly spent $800 billion for green energy – most of this is invested in 30,000 wind turbines, new power lines and subsidies.

        This averages $26.7 million per turbine. This is a very large cost, far too high to cover just the capital cost of an average large wind turbine and new power lines – it must include a huge component consisting of the subsidies for each turbine.

        And for this $800 billion, “The actual production figures show that the readily available wind power capacity in Germany is less than one percent of installed capacity”.

        Ouch!!! This is remarkably low – in a German industry report entitled “Wind Report 2005” it was projected that the Substitution Capacity of German wind power in 2020 would be about 4%. I guess that was optimistic – and it was still really low.

        So how can we improve the intermittency problem of German wind power?

        Grid-scale battery storage is often cited as a solution, but it is actually a costly charade – impractical in the extreme.

        In Spain, the subsidies for solar power were so great that people were shining floodlights on their solar cells at night, powered by the conventional grid, to solve night-time loss of cashflow. Apparently that passed for common sense in Spain – surprising that politicians did not adopt it elsewhere.

        But maybe the German could take a page out of the Spanish playbook, and mount huge fans upwind of their wind turbines, run off the conventional grid when the wind is not blowing.

        Unfortunately the wind-friction losses would be excessive, so maybe they could decouple the big propellers and run the wind turbine shafts with direct-drive electric motors, powered off the conventional grid. That would work even better, but would still be inefficient.

        Even better, just ramp up the conventional natural gas turbines generators to generate more electricity when the wind is not blowing hard enough.

        Even more efficient, don’t build the wind turbines and extra power lines at all, save hundreds of billions of dollars in wind power capital and subsidies, and just run the gas turbines a bit more often to supply the grid reliably and at lower cost. That would save hundreds of billions, and greatly improve the reliability of the grid!

        What a great idea! Why hasn’t anyone thought of it before? Can I patent it? It seems so simple – it was right there all the time, but nobody ever thought about it before now!

        This is amazing! I’m going to write it down now, and post it somewhere.

        [do I really need to say “sarc off”?]

    • Fools are forcing others to be parted from their money.

      Consent? Nah, there’s no right of consent.

      Just wait until the voters work out that MeToo applies to more than sex

  1. Well, receiving billions of euros should certainly solidify the belief within Eastern Europe that CAGW is a real threat.

  2. Should this not be reported for being the largest legalized fraud scam and properly investigated by law-enforcement? Should we not be demanding proper accounting by our governments to prove that it is necessary spending and if not to suspend this forthwith and claim back fraudulent payments?

    • Climate ‘science’ is driven by a scientific malfeasance (IPCC) enabling a financial fraud against humanity (UNFCCC) that makes Bernie Madoff look like a petty thief. As a scientist myself, I find this incredibly disturbing and even embarrassing. The fact that so many ostensibly intelligent scientists are so incredibly wrong about something so important makes it hard for laymen to accept. Only those who are capable of doing their own due diligence can see through the fog of deception and unfortunately, these people are few and far between, except in this forum.

      • Layman here. I make box fans. Fabrication and Finishing manager.
        I know how to stamp, roll, form,weld,phosphate and paint steel.
        Every night I visit this site for my continuing education on ‘climate change’.
        The posters here teach people like myself in a language ( most times) we can understand.
        What I have learned here has given me the tools and confidence to both explain to people that ‘just don’t know’ and engage with ‘true believers ‘.
        I have a notebook that I keep quotes from posts here for future ammo in social media debates….when I decide to start that battle.
        I hope the posters here understand that they are educating people.
        I’m here every night as are countless others.

        • Nashville, good for you. Same goes for me. We are reasoning people. Be aware that some AGW believing people will fight you – not on the science (because there is no science in their arguments), but on religious principles, for AGW is apparently their religion which they will fight for tooth and nail. Some “believers” will simply not listen to reason and scientific methodology, and facts that go against their belief system.
          Humans can serve either God or mammon, but not both.

    • In ALGORE’s vision every household in America will be subject to Carbon Targets and it will be necessary to buy, in addition to gas and electric, carbon credits when you overuse your allotment. What is happening to countries will one day be happening to households and it will be very costly to you and very profitable for our spend crazy Federal Government.
      For all the haranguing and doom-saying we get from the Propaganda Press they can’t find time to inform us of what our future will look like under new regulations, fees and taxation. At tax time you will have a section for reconciling your carbon footprint which will increase the tax burden for middle class Americans already living paycheck to paycheck. The filthy rich will simply buy their “indulgences” in the form of”investments’ and “deductions” to avoid oppressive taxes that will strangle you and me

      • It is not just the US Federal Government that is “spend crazy”. Many US States are alos happy to spend whatever money they can find.

        • I couldn’t agree more Jim but keep in mind that one way the States avoid angering their voters is to put the onus on the Feds to set up a system of taxation that can be kicked back to the states in addition to what the states themselves collect.
          As a non-science example when the Federal Government colluded with the Financial sector using Freddie and Fannie to cripple the housing market and send the country into a severe recession, many states government pension plans were hit the hardest. Three years later Barack Obama passed a Trillion dollar stimulus bill that stimulated nothing with the exception of shoring up state government pension plans. The Maryland Teachers Union received a 20 Billion dollar bailout from the “Stimulus” money.

    • When it was Germany pushing for these targets and fines in the first place, it would be politically odd, at least, to now change their mind. Not that you are wrong though, everyone seems a bit too eager to be spending billions on something so uncertain when there is a certain retirement problem blowing on everyone’s faces, in the West at least.

    • Well, you may not have noticed but we can’t be allowed to point those pesky facts out about climate/energy/ finance any longer.
      The Administrative State doesn’t approve of counter consensus talk, not one little bit.

    • Thought that was already underway. New coal power stations and new coal mines being opened up in Germany.

      Much gnashing of green teeth …….. time to quit their vegan diet ….

    • When the energy companies and government have to pass the costs on to a public that can’t afford to pay it … then it usually stops pretty abruptly.

  3. Germany is going to get a real dose of populism sooner or later if they keep following this fraudulent stupidity. I completely agree that the people behind this should be charged with fraud against mankind.

    • Indeed, and let it be a lesson for the rest of the civilized world. Unfortunately the lesson the uncivilized world will see is that green extortion will get them lots of green (as in money).

  4. In the immortal words of Van Jones, Obama’s Communist cohort and advisor, “You take the money from the people causing the problem and give it to the people solving the problem.” Shudder

    • Well, in that case, Germany should send the US money, since US emissions are down. Wouldn’t THAT stick in their craw!

  5. Virtue signalling is expensive. It reminds me of the purchase of absolutions for one’s sins in the middle ages. I’m surprised that the Germans of all people, they who excel at science and engineering, were conned into this stupid idea in the first place. News flash: renewables are not fit for purpose. Nein!

    • I believe it was a German who saw through the “indulgences” for what they were and started the reformation.
      We need to nail a proclamation to the UN’s door.

  6. “I predict that Germany,when officially told they have to buy billions in CO2 certificates, will tell the EU to go “stuff it” -Anthony)”

    When Junckers was asked why France had not been fined for its budget deficit he replied

    ‘Because its France’

    I suspect the sane will go for Germany

    • Agreed. The current German state lends money with interest. It does not gift money. Just ask Greece.
      There will be no payment.

  7. Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary are doing better ? Or were they smart enough to over-state their emissions in the past when calculations were subject to much “cognitive bias”, realizing they would then have to do nothing substantive to collect big $$ today.

    • Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary are doing better ?

      Here are the GDPs for the countries involved. link
      Germany 3,684,816
      Bulgaria 56,943
      Croatia 54,516
      Slovakia 95,938
      Hungary 152,284
      Germany has a large productive heavily industrialized economy. The others, not so much.

      • sort highlights the overall nature of the climate scam

        de-industrialisation and wealth transfer

        I doubt whatever lower level mean they want us to head towards will be acceptable either, to our masters on Elysium.

    • Yes speaking from Slovakia we are doing better.
      https://www.iea.org/media/countries/Slovakia.pdf
      Electricity generation:
      Nuclear 57%, renewable 25% (hydro 17%, biofuels 6%, solar 2%), coal 12%, gas 5%, oil 1%.
      This ratios are only dream in some countries. And it could be better now, but we were forced mainly by Germany and Austria to prematurely close one of nuclear reactors as a condition to enter European Union.
      According GDP:
      Germany is 83 millions people with 3,684,816 tn $: 44395$ per capita
      Slovakia is 5,5 million people with 95,938 tn $: 17443$ per capita
      It used to be 1/20th of Germany per capita 30 years ago…

  8. Germany is not alone. Almost all the ‘western’ EU members will be fined for failure to meet emission limits. Nothing like reality to correct this crazy policy which everyone signed up to because they believed the propaganda that renewables would be cheap.

  9. The “Chickens” are coming home to roost.

    I feel sorry for the German people who have to live under the idiotic policies of their politicians. I know many Germans voted for these idiots, but many did not.

    Maybe paying Hungary billions of Euros will wake the German public up to what’s going on.

    Btw, why is Germany supposed to pay Eastern European nations anything? What benefit comes from paying this money?

  10. Anthony, IMHO is starting to take the gloves off.
    I kinda like it, but also fear for his safety (metaphorically).

    • “They’d best pay, or they might get kicked out of the EU.”

      Ah, now we know how Prime Minister May can accomplish BREXIT:

      Step 1) Purposely allow the UK to miss their EU Climate targets
      Step 2) Wait for the EU to impose a fine
      Step 3) Refuse to pay the fine
      Step 4) Get kicked out of the EU

  11. Schadenfreude. So what does the EU do with taxes and penalties it imposes? Are EU members paying to support the EU quango as well as their own governments? Who holds the EU accountable for finances? Is it like the UN?

  12. Someone ought to tell the German government that climate alarmism is a scam, that emission targets are a nonsense and that the German people, when they realise this, will not look favourably on political dumkopfs who spend billions of their taxes on a hoax.

  13. What scares me is that this might give rise to an authotitarion leader who wins an election by promising to free Germany from the shackles of the Versailles Paris Accord reparations. We all know what happened last time around.

  14. (I predict that Germany,when officially told they have to buy billions in CO2 certificates, will tell the EU to go “stuff it” -Anthony)

    That’s not quite the way the EU works, Anthony. But not far off.
    Rules/laws tend to regarded as advice, not something to be obeyed. Once found in serious breach of the advice, nations tend to drag it out over several years, ignoring admonitions until they reach the highest levels of the bureaucracy…
    …By which time, the rules have been changed. Germany generally gets what Germany wants and so, to a lesser extent, does France. You can guess what the rest are told. Imagine a United States where California and Texas were in cahoots to game the system, but without the constitutional safeguards of the Senate.

  15. Just don’t spend the money on climate re-education camps or holding camps for those who don’t sign the papers.

  16. Anthony is possibly correct. The germans can tell the EU to eff off and there is very little the EU would want to do about it.

    If germany leaves the EU then the game is finished. The cozy little gravy train ride ends right there. No pensions, no jobs.

  17. The Government Printing Works of Eastern Europe will be getting ready, even now, to print a sea of CO2 certificates attesting to the fact that the Global Warming – Climate Change is continuing in good shape.

  18. They still have not paid billions in reparations from their ’35-’45 fines, guess EUtards will just have to get in line.

  19. Perhaps the sollution to Germanies problems would be for them to just print some nice looking Green money. Then pay it to whom ever is the paymaster of the Paris summet. Problem solved.

    MJE

  20. Couldn’t happen to a nicer country, one who advocated much of this stupidity to begin with. But it will probably get paid if that East German commie leader Chancellor Merkel is still in power. It takes a few generations to get that evil Marxism out of your blood.

  21. Golly! I think they made their target. In this era of adjusting data, the emissions target shouldn’t be a problem. Besides, aren’t there a ton of fake carbon credits on the market? And then there are those that are excluded from the carbon emission counts, They can adjust the data to show that emissions were much higher in the past so that the percentage of decrease is on target. There, fixed! ….. Much like saying wind and solar are competitive with fossil fuels. It works so well.
    See this is how it works: When it’s cold go on vacation someplace warm to avoid paying an outrageous utility bill, and when it’s hot, go some place cool. The ultimate climate refugee. I wonder if a select few ‘peer reviewed’ climate refugees qualify for a special status to receive compensation from the UN to cover their cost of going from place to place…. ( by private jet of course)

  22. What is with some people …………..

    DRONES – the students at University of Texas proved to disbelieving FBI agents – drones can be hacked & hijacked.
    The first time you send it on a mission could be the last time you ever see it again “here’s looking at you kid”
    Tony Abbott spent $3 billion & Malcolm Turnbull spent $6 billion – in full knowledge.

    Facial Recognition – all it will take is a cosmetic touch up at the local skin clinic & they will mistake you for someone else.

    Machine Learning – let loose it can work it’s way throughout the global system – what is out there to stop it ?? one day it will work out that we are the real threat to the planet & terminate us by shutting down the system.

    We have not been to the moon yet – the money has been spent though – the gazillions that it would have taken – if it were possible.

    We choose to live the lie.
    What is wrong with us man !!

  23. What I really wanted to say – but got carried away – is this.
    The European Union is BROKE.
    Therefore Germany is also broke.
    It’s like signing up for a gym subscription knowing you have no hope of ever coming up with the cash to pay for it.
    For some people – the talking of a thing is everything – there is nothing else.

  24. WOLF STREET – Don Quijones has written several articles about the DIGITAL BANK ROBBERS who feasted on Latin banks – to digital bank cockups that have cost us – we the people – atms now too expensive to run are being decommissioned along with bank branch closures.
    Dear God in Heaven don’t let them take the cash out of the system – for we will surely perish – for they do not have our backs.
    Is it all really just a house of cards ??
    Or a nightmare on our street.

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