Coal Burning Germany: Pay Poor Countries to Switch to Renewables

Essay by Eric Worrall

“It’s difficult to cajole developing countries to abandon coal while reopening your own coal-fired power plants.”

Less talk, more action from the G7 on climate change

Leaders meeting starting Sunday in Bavaria turn to carrots rather than sticks to push global climate efforts.

It’s difficult to cajole developing countries to abandon coal while reopening your own coal-fired power plants.

That’s the dilemma facing leaders of the G7 rich industrialized countries at their three-day summit starting Sunday. Dealing with gas shortages and the need to break free of Russian energy dependence, they’re looking to pour money into fossil fuels — but that doesn’t jibe with their message to poorer countries that they should make the jump to green energy to stop global warming.

The answer?

The incentives could come in the form of energy investment deals, invitations to a climate club, offers of technological transfers and funding for innovation — all of which have been discussed in the run-up to the G7 summit.

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There is something deeply wicked about this plan.

Having messed up its own economy in a ruinous and unsuccessful push to embrace renewables, which Germany is now rapidly backtracking, why do they still want to inflict this same misery on other countries?

I once met an old English political advisor, who explained to me that European climate action is a plot to freeze the current world order, to sabotage the economic development of poor countries. The plan was to divert poor countries into a green energy economic dead end, to prevent them from rising to challenge Europe’s global influence. European powers wanted to continue to call the shots, to continue to enjoy a shadow of their once total control over their former colonies, and they didn’t care what dirty tricks they had to pull to maintain the status quo.

At the time I argued this didn’t make sense, because European nations were inflicting so much green damage on their own economies.

But now perhaps the mask has slipped? Now we have coal burning Germany apparently continuing to attempt to sabotage others, demanding others make sacrifices Germans themselves can no longer even pretend to stomach?

Whatever the explanation, I hope in the light of Germany’s own failure and return to coal, the apparent intended victims of G7 green evangelism can see through the falsehoods. Because if a wealthy nation of engineers like Germany cannot achieve a green energy transition, there is no way that anyone else can make it happen.

Germany must know all this – yet they continue to push others to embrace green failure.

The following is a clip from “The Great Global Warming Swindle“, Kenyan Economist James Shikwati saying “… There is someone keen to kill the African dream, and the African dream is to develop …”.

Update (EW): A longer discussion in the Great Global Warming Swindle, of how Western Global Warming policy is impacting Africa (starting 1:06:56) is available here.

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June 25, 2022 6:13 pm

Sounds like a better idea than paying them (with our tax dollars) to wage war.

T Gasloli
Reply to  Scissor
June 25, 2022 6:21 pm

Sadly, we will continue to fund unnecessary foreign wars too.

Reply to  Scissor
June 25, 2022 9:24 pm

In the long run it may be considerably worse.

jeffery P
Reply to  Scissor
June 26, 2022 8:08 am

Which countries is the US paying to wage wars? Perhaps you’re thinking of Ukraine? I think funding their fight against Russian aggression isn’t the same as paying them to wage war.

Reply to  jeffery P
June 26, 2022 2:16 pm

Giving money to Ukraine to fight Russia is like pouring gasoline onto your neighbor’s house to help put out a house fire.
At the end of the day, the more fighting in the Ukraine the more destruction and bloodshed. And, looking at the record of the 20th century, also a good way to start another world war.

Chris Hanley
June 25, 2022 6:20 pm

… incentives could come in the form of energy investment deals,invitations to a climate club, offers of technological transfers and funding for innovation …

There is something deeply wicked about this plan …

It is also profoundly patronizing, developing countries are perfectly capable of determining their own paths to prosperity in the same way the developed countries did by using dense energy sources, ‘real’ electricity not ‘fake’ electricity.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Chris Hanley
June 26, 2022 7:11 am

One of the problems that many developing countries have is they don’t have adequate financial resources to develop their infrastructure, energy and other resources related projects.Western governments, development agencies, and financial institutions have virtually cut off most finance to help developing nations exploit their own resources, whilst concentrating on non issues like climate change.

China, in particular, and Russia have moved into this financing and influence sphere but they can’t match the economic clout that the Western nations could have.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Dave Andrews
June 26, 2022 9:50 am

Investment money anywhere will flow to the endeavors creating the largest returns. Western leaders’ political distortions will be short lived. Socialism, Communism and failed Leftist schemes worldwide should be enough proof of that for even the most dimwitted.

June 25, 2022 7:12 pm

“It’s difficult to cajole developing countries to abandon coal while reopening your own coal-fired power plants.” But bribery works and especially when they use other people’s tax money from income, businesses, carbon footprints, and lawyers who represent the massive number of frivolous lawsuits against them.

June 25, 2022 7:29 pm

Germany was lying before and it is lying now. Nothing has changed it was burning fossil fuels before (Russian natural gas) and it’s going to continue burning fossil fuels (it’s own coal). To pretend you are somehow greener because you are burning another nations fossil fuels is pure BS. Especially considering that the Russians aren’t the least bit concerned about environmentally extracting or transporting the fuel Germany was so proud to buy from them. What a sham, no one should listen to Germany.

UK-Weather Lass
Reply to  Bob
June 26, 2022 1:41 am

I agree.

That hypocrisy meter never left the red zone and will not do so until honesty takes pride of place in everything human beings strive to do especially in the name of secure energy provision and climate change scientific research.

We have far too many dishonest and untrustworthy people in very powerful places, including those who have gotten very rich on the lies they have repeatedly told. It is time to start rooting these weeds out and making sure they never get close to taking root again.

Jay Willis
Reply to  UK-Weather Lass
June 26, 2022 3:11 pm

Yes you are right. Honesty is the root of all honourable effort. Dishonesty should be punished, however frivolous to start with.

June 25, 2022 7:53 pm

Don’t do as I do, do as I say.

June 25, 2022 7:58 pm

It’s just a naked fig leaf for more of the same old colonialist attitude that we need to strangle them in their crib (so to speak), otherwise they’ll grow up and want what we’ve got and there’s not enough of that goodness to go around. My favorite example of that is the World Wildlife Fund – I mean, who could object to saving lions from The Heathens so that The Royal Family can shoot them?

Old Man Winter
June 25, 2022 8:08 pm

This sounds like someone who’s desperate because he embezzled a lot of money that’s already
been spent on gambling or drugs & the piper’s knocking on the door to collect!

Frank S.
June 25, 2022 8:34 pm

No worries! After the collapse of the Euro fiat currency, folks can burn those in their furnaces.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Frank S.
June 26, 2022 9:57 am

Frank, your comment reminded of an old picture I saw of a guy pushing a wheelbarrow full of German Weimar Republic cash.

But that historical event doesn’t matter today. Our Western modern monetary theorists are way too intelligent and far-seeing to ever allow runaway inflation to occur ever again in our future.

June 25, 2022 8:42 pm

A government is composed of people and to stay in power, you need to gather voters who have different desires and goals. The greens aren’t a major portion of the voters but they may still be enough in numbers to tip the balance. Germany can say look over there and don’t pay attention to the coal burning plants as they are only temporary. We just need them to get around this one problem. The leaders then hope the voters forget about that and pay attention to the long history of green work. In the mean time, the remainders of the voters have heat and light.
The Democrat party is really bad about this. The far left is very demanding and get most of what they ask for and meanwhile the moderate Democrat voters is told how bad the orange man is so you want to vote for Biden even if he doesn’t have a clue what is going on.
By the way, that is a feature of a parliamentary government as well as our Republic. The Electoral college is designed to have the voters visit most states seeking voters. Clinton made the mistake of having fly over states and while she accumulate enough votes to win the popular vote, she was a little short on Electors.
As bad as it may sound, it’s probably the best way to hear the voice of the people. Biden has forgot this and in the next election will lose the independent and moderate Democrat vote. He may even lose some of the far left because they feel they aren’t getting enough and want him to go even farther left.

Joel O'Bryan
June 25, 2022 8:59 pm


From Wikipedia.

Doublethink is a process of indoctrination in which subjects are expected to simultaneously accept two conflicting beliefs as truth, often at odds with their own memory or sense of reality. Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy.

Germans are expected to accept that their coal burning is a necessity because they are virtuous in their GreenThink™️, even while pushing 3rd World economies to get away from coal and FF in general for the climate [scam].

June 25, 2022 9:04 pm

If renewables, cough, were all that great to build an electric infrastructure on, would any nation have to pay another to switch?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Philip
June 25, 2022 9:22 pm

Same thing domestically for nation.
If renewables really were ready for PrimeTime, we could do away with any guaranteed price per Kwh sales to the grid and production & installation tax credits. If any of those were removed from any of the renewable wind or solar farm installations here in the US, they’d fold within a few months, if not sooner. The owner/investors/operators put those in to harvest tax credits, no solar or wind energy.
Climate change is the huge enabler of a vast swindle of the public via energy costs in the 1st world now. And the Marxists-Climateers are intent on making Africa pay up too.

Izaak Walton
June 25, 2022 9:51 pm

where is the evidence for the claim that Germany has “messed up its own economy in a ruinous and unsuccessful push to embrace renewables”?

Germany has a positive balance of trade and so is getting richer year after year and its economy is also growing consistently. Most countries in the world would love to have such a ruinous economy.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 25, 2022 11:48 pm

the figure for energy poverty in the US is over 30% so rather than ruining their economy it would appear that the push to renewables has improved energy security in Germany. And again where is the evidence that the German economy is being ruined? It is still the major engine of growth in the EU.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
June 26, 2022 1:17 am

I’m not taking sides in this dispute but I notice the words ‘could’ and ‘may’ in those links.

Reply to  Alba
June 26, 2022 5:52 am

Could and May are staples of climate alarmists and modelers.

The West is going to pay a heavy price for its war on fossil fuels.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 26, 2022 7:18 pm

90% of statistics are made up 🙂

Noted you cite really good sources for that figure.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
June 29, 2022 11:59 am

If the EU as a whole is experiencing poor ‘growth’, then a “major engine of growth” is quite a ‘relative’ term, is it not?

June 25, 2022 11:14 pm

Capacity Factor is avoided by many renewables project public relations media releases, they brag about how many houses a new installation could theoretically power, they mention installed capacity sometimes but rarely admit that Nameplate/installed Capacity is far more than will be achieved when the wind is blowing, on average.

Kiwi Gary
June 26, 2022 12:38 am

Looking at the fossil-fueled power stations being financed by China and the 1200 MW nukes being provided by Russia [ 30+ confirmed orders to date ] the developing world has already made up its collective mind that they want reliable power to improve themselves and are no longer prepared to tolerate their supposed overlords. Just by-the-by, once Russia’s floating nuclear power station was in operation, there were enquiries from 15 developing countries.

June 26, 2022 1:03 am


Jørgen F.
June 26, 2022 2:56 am

…It is correct that ‘big money’ suddenly joined up with the left – found common grounds – in the ‘green transition’. I don’t think it was a plot to “sabotage the economic development of poor countries” – I just think they wanted to control the shaping of the world in this century – keep the power of this world – despite of the west’s increasingly lack of gdp and people.

Based on the profiles of “ultra climate ambassadors” in the danish public – it’s most likely that the idea was first shaped in the Bilderberg club.

The second ‘benefit’ of this idea was a truce between the radical left and the industry – the ‘peace dividend’ however quickly became a peace cost. A cost now divided almost evenly between consumers, leaving the poorer segments with the highest relative bills. But do you really need that car, need that steak, need that summer holiday – when the future of the planet is at stake?…So now an increasingly proportion of the public disregard the fact that they don’t have the same opportunities as their parents generation had – they are saving the planet while their consumer power drops. A self-deception masterly controlled by MSM.

The problem of course being that the technology that should deliver the answers for this century – the profits and prosperity for all people in the west – was never there. And never will be there before we go back to nuclear – but this being one of the major ‘victories’ of the left in the 70’s…

And then we are back to the truce between the lefties, the governments and the industry (and the media) – it’s has now become a Gordian knot.

And we know, from experience, from european history from 1917-1933…-1945, that such a truce, such a knot, between such parties, is called totalitarianism – and it always ends up in war. A war only the ones holding the superior technology, and the will, will win. And it is clearly not us anymore – we lost in Iraq, In Afghanistan, In Syria, And we will loose again in Ukraine….

Prepare for the west to disintegrate – the fact that we have been there before being the only comfort…

Reply to  Jørgen F.
June 29, 2022 12:05 pm

we will loose again”… nope, but we will probably ‘lose’ again. Interesting post, regardless.

June 26, 2022 7:06 am

The insane delusions gripping society these days will destroy us all.

Bob Ernest
June 26, 2022 7:33 am

Meter needs an 11

June 26, 2022 10:05 am

Ooh, an “invitation to a climate club”. That would clinch it for me, no doubt…

Gary Pearse
June 26, 2022 12:53 pm

“Now we have coal burning Germany apparently continuing to attempt to sabotage others,”

The shallowness of doctrinaire totale-types is also on display. They appear not to remember their big sales pitch was that renewables are now cheaper than fossil fuels. Were this even remotely close to true, even at current ff prices, why would you have to bribe them into it.

You can fool the Griffs and lloydos and apparently even the Nick Stokeses (there are 100s of millions of these types), but not the head of the African Energy Association, who in a speech at the Glasgow Climate Klatch not only said Africa can’t afford renewables … and they don’t work anyway!!! Nor can you fool the Prime Minister of Bangladesh who advised Davos Great Shift boffins and Al Gore that she is going for coal because she has a duty to bring prosperity to her people.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
June 29, 2022 12:10 pm

Kudos to those two you mentioned, for each having their head on straight. Examples of Common Sense are few and far between today, but require support whenever exposed.

June 26, 2022 8:47 pm

Of course nuclear fuelled power stations are emissions free and far more reliable for baseload energy supply and peak demand than wind or solar installations even with the “firming” back up ancillary equipment.

According to Tony Irwin, a nuclear engineer with SMR Nuclear Technology, his experience in the industry includes 30 years operating large scale nuclear power plants in in UK and is a former reactor manager of ANSTO Lucas Heights, Sydney, Australia plant (produces radio isotopes for medical and commercial purposes since the 1950s).

According to Irwin’s calculations;

Nuclear generated power comes in at $5,596/kW.
Large scale solar a more than $14,882/kW
Wind at more than $12,372/kW
Fossil fuels (gas and coal with carbon capture and storage) at $10,280/kW

The figures for renewables used in the comparison were taken from AEMO/CSIRO data.

Source: Sunday Telegraph

E. Martin
June 27, 2022 7:30 am

The French have taken the most intelligent approach by far to so-called “Climate Change” – their energy supply is 70% NUCLEAR and they are building/planning 8 more reactors.

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