Lützerath Coal Riot. Source Twitter, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject.

German Green Energy Fail: Demolishing a Village to Expand a Coal Mine

Essay by Eric Worrall

Massive protests have erupted in the village of Luetzerath, as German authorities advance plans to demolish the village to make way for more coal mining.

Police and climate activists clash outside Germany’s Luetzerath village as Garzweiler mine prepares for expansion

Posted Tue 3 Jan 2023 at 5:07pm

Scuffles have broken out outside a village in western Germany set to be razed to allow the expansion of a coal mine, a plan drawing resistance from climate activists.

Key points:

  • Activists in Luetzerath were living in houses abandoned by former residents
  • Officials have called for a nonviolent end to their occupation
  • Police have been ordered to clear the village from January 10

Activists threw fireworks, bottles and stones at police outside the village of Luetzerath before the situation calmed down and officers pulled back, German news agency dpa reported.

Protesters had previously set up a burning barricade, and one glued his hand to the access road.

The village is to be demolished to expand the Garzweiler lignite mine, despite protests from environmentalists who fear millions more tonnes of heat-trapping carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere.

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-03/germany-luetzerath-garzweiler-mine-protest/101824846

What can I say – nothing says green energy success, like sending in the riot police to force access for expansion of a coal mine.

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abolition man
January 7, 2023 10:18 pm

On the plus side, maybe now the Germans won’t have to cut down all their forests for fuel; at least the ones that haven’t already been destroyed by installing rotary bird butchers!

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Bryan A
Reply to  abolition man
January 8, 2023 12:55 am

If they’re going to raze the town anyway, just start a controlled burn on one end and push it to the other. IF the Ecofascists care anything about their own safety (probably not but???) they’ll bug out fast. If not they will no longer be problematic

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Bryan A
January 8, 2023 6:10 am

German residential construction tends to be stone and plaster. That’s how the homes get to be 300+ years old.

Bryan A
Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
January 8, 2023 9:56 am

Even stones melt at 2000deg

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Bryan A
January 10, 2023 8:10 am

While true, nothing you will find in any typical residence, when ignited, is capable of generating that temperature on a sustained basis.

Reply to  abolition man
January 8, 2023 6:44 am

Germany still has a long-term, natural gas supply contract with Russia at $280/1000 m3 (about 1/3 of the current price), but the two Nordstream pipelines were blown up by the UK, per Prime Minister Truss one-word email to Secretary Blinken: “DONE”, a few minutes after the explosions.

All this dirty coal mining, moving 500-y-old villages, in addition to more build outs of highly subsidized, variable, intermittent, weather-dependent wind, solar, and battery systems, etc., would not be required, if low-cost Russian gas were still available.

All this expensive energy will make Europe much less competitive with respect to the US, China, India, etc., due to sanctions backfiring on Europe

The US State Department/US treasury had been planning those sanctions for years, which means they were ready as soon as an opportunity arose.
The backfiring on Europe may have been foreseen, but Asst. Secretary Nuland said: “F.. the EU!”

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Reply to  wilpost
January 8, 2023 7:22 am

“DONE” ….so you really think that rather than be held to ransom for Russian gas, the Brits decided to shoot the hostage. Sounds pretty unlikely.

Reply to  DMacKenzie
January 8, 2023 1:20 pm

This likely may convince you, her iPhone had been hacked by Russia, and likely other countries. There was an uproar within UK government circles about it, which likely was one more thing to oust her.

Russia had been supplying Germany with gas for more than 30 years through various pipelines, including Nordstream 1 for the past 10 years.
Germany never complained it was not getting Russian gas.


Reply to  wilpost
January 8, 2023 1:23 pm


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Reply to  wilpost
January 8, 2023 9:14 am

It doesn’t take much to convince you that someone other than the obvious suspect must be guilty of blowing up that pipeline.

Reply to  abolition man
January 8, 2023 2:27 pm

The reality is that most of the spruce forests are infected with pine bark beetles and will end up being destroyed anyway. Bavaria and Black Forest are extremely infested.

Reply to  Mason
January 8, 2023 3:52 pm

We call that Nature.

We had a massive beetle infestation on Cedar Mountain in SW Utah. Ecoloons from Las Vegas sued to stop logging of the dead standing trees. A moron started a fire that burned them all up, the Brian Head Fire.


Reply to  Mason
January 9, 2023 3:16 am

That’s not possible. All the forests in Germany were destroyed by acid rain in the 1980s. Or so were were warned at the time. Go to 8.44 in this BBC video made in the 1980s. The German for acid rain is Saure Regen.
At 12.35: Der Wald stirbt (The forest is dying).

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G. Michael Vasey
January 7, 2023 10:53 pm

Reminds me of the Communists here in Czechia razing villages on the Austrian border region to ‘protect’ them from western decadence…

January 7, 2023 11:45 pm

Hold on, so the “villagers” are merely eco activists squatters living in abandoned housing presumably because of the scale back of the coal industry caused by eco activists. What a stinking mess. How come they’ve been allowed to squat there? Who owns the houses?

Hans Erren
Reply to  nurtureyourchild
January 8, 2023 1:40 am

The mining company owns the houses, the original owners were resettled in the neighborhood in Erkelenz-Kückhoven.

Ron Long
Reply to  Hans Erren
January 8, 2023 1:58 am

That’s right, Hans, this is not an “Imminent Domain” situation, this is where the mining company reached a resettlement deal with home owners, then the squatter environmentalists occupied the vacant houses in an attempt to stop the evil carbon.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
January 8, 2023 6:09 am

Who is paying these squatters?

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 8, 2023 2:42 pm


Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mason
January 9, 2023 9:20 am

Something like that. There are a lot of leftwing activist billionaires.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Ron Long
January 8, 2023 7:05 am

Not to be picky but it’s “eminent domain”. (unless I missed the joke)

Ron Long
Reply to  Tom in Florida
January 8, 2023 12:37 pm

my bad.

January 8, 2023 12:32 am

They’re not as stupid as the British…

“”Whitehaven coal mine: Friends of the Earth to launch legal fight

Friends of the Earth is to take legal action against the government over its decision to approve the UK’s first major coal mine in more than 40 years.“”


No friends of humans

Hans Erren
Reply to  strativarius
January 8, 2023 1:06 am

That is a mine for metalurgical coal.

Reply to  Hans Erren
January 8, 2023 1:18 am

Well done


Hans Erren
January 8, 2023 1:05 am

Yup, and they close down good working nuclear power plants

January 8, 2023 2:57 am

Wasn’t the last time the villagers revolted when Frankenstein’s Monster was loose?

Rod Evans
January 8, 2023 4:20 am

There is a simple solution to this latest Green Zealotry. The winter period is still in its early stage, it is likely to get very cold over night in Western Germany over the coming weeks. The Alarmists illegally occupying the property of the coal mine company need to be treated to their preferred living conditions. The same conditions they insist all people must accept to save the world. That means no fossil fuel access at all. The coal mine authority should block any delivery of fuel to the squatters. I would estimate the siege would be over in a matter of days if the zealots were prevented from heating their temporary homes.
No wood burners allowed, no coal fires, no gas fires, no oil heaters and no electricity as that is principally generated using fossil fuels particularly at this time of year. No lighting no communications and no plastic of any sort allowed in the fossil free zone of the Green Zealots.
We could start a book on how long they would be able to hold out before they moved on from cold/hypothermia.
Let the activist feel the cold love of their own urgent ambitions.

joe x
Reply to  Rod Evans
January 8, 2023 5:02 am

rod, i like your idea. except i would change one thing. supply one 20 amp outlet in the center of town. the comedy of watching the econuts huddled around a space heater would be wonderful.

Tom Johnson
Reply to  joe x
January 8, 2023 6:38 am

They’ve got 220v power there. Make it 10 amp.

Reply to  joe x
January 8, 2023 9:45 am

don’t provide electricity … simply a few coal fired stoves in two of the buildings for warmth. Then let the zealots embarrass themselves as they pack into the coal heated buildings.

Reply to  Rod Evans
January 9, 2023 5:54 am

I would allow them to use whatever windmills and solar panels they can bring on their own so they can waste their time and money and still freeze in the dark.

January 8, 2023 5:01 am

it appears the actual locals moved without complaint
its the squatters with greentard issues causing the ruckus
ps ext reb only TEMP calling protests off
though it was too good to be true;-)

Reply to  ozspeaksup
January 8, 2023 6:50 am

The actual locals we eager to sell, because they received very high prices for their houses in a down real estate market.

Dave Andrews
January 8, 2023 7:38 am

The German greens have always been somewhat weird. In the late 1980s and 1990s it was Greenpeace International policy that nuclear waste should be dealt with in the country of its origin. Germany sent it’s spent fuel to Le Havre in France for reprocessing. The greens were happy to let the trains go to France they only started protesting and attempting to stop the trains when they were returning the nuclear waste after the fuel had been reprocessed.

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Reply to  Dave Andrews
January 8, 2023 9:47 am

mebbe the German Greens seem somewhat weird because they are simple German idiots controlled/manipulated by German Reds.

January 8, 2023 7:43 am

It’s a win, win situation. They get to pretend to be helping the environment while keeping Africans poor. Keeping Africans poor keeps the birthrates high so they have a nice supply of “climate refugees“ to fit their narrative.

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Andy Pattullo
January 8, 2023 7:45 am

It’s almost as if there was no clear strategy to the green transition – just pseudo-religious dogma and eyes blinkered to all contradictory evidence. We seem to make critical government policy these days the way gambling addicts pick bets.

January 8, 2023 8:39 am

Great news for the Germans – China is also showning superb leadership in both providing affordable, reliable energy to its citizens and much needed CO2 for the worlds plant life – both nations are to be commended

michael hart
January 8, 2023 10:35 am

Ahh… kalt mach frei.

This highlights the difference in politics between European nations.

Germany is generally even more gung ho crazy on the green scheme than the UK. Yet today, knocking down a village to expand coal mining would probably cause a revolution, if not a change of government, in the UK.

Occasionally you’ve got to admire their ability to make a decision and get on with it.

January 8, 2023 11:53 am

love watching bucket wheel excavators work.

January 8, 2023 1:00 pm

Ironic. The climate protesters at the Garzweiler lignite mine don’t even realize their own policies caused this.

Found this new Substack very interesting:


January 8, 2023 6:29 pm

Migrant Squatters was a problem long before unification. I remember a big riot in Frankfort by Turk squatters when they were evicted in the early 80s.

January 9, 2023 3:17 am

There seems to be some confusion over the identity of the “village” called Luezerath. I did a search on Google Earth and found a small group of buildings near a very large lignite mine near the junction of the A61 and A44 motorways in North-Rhine Westphalia. This place hardly merits even being called a village. It should not be confused with the town of Luzerath (no umlaut) in Rhineland-Palatinate, although that is precisely what Wikipedia has done by putting a link on its Luzerath page to a story in the Independent “newspaper” about the village about to be destroyed by a coal mine.

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