Germany’s ‘Energiewende has made things worse for climate’ says report

Posted: November 17, 2017 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, ideology, Nuclear power
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‘The donkey goes on to the ice until it breaks’ – German proverb [image credit:]

Debatable claim in the headline, but the German ‘energy transition’ has certainly hurt electricity consumers as prices have shot up in the last decade, with fortunes being wasted on vain attempts to tweak the climate system.

As Bonn this week hosts the COP23 climate talks, a new report claims that Germany’s Energiewende programme “has made things worse for the climate”, reports PEI.

It says it has done this “by shutting down nuclear capacity and locking in dependency on coal for decades, despite hundreds of billions in investments and subsidy-schemes”.

The report has been published by Energy for Humanity, a non-profit organisation founded by documentary filmmaker Robert Stone, Swiss entrepreneur Daniel Aegerter and environmental activist Kirsty Gogan.

Gogan said: “Germany does not deserve its reputation as a climate leader.”

She argues that in terms of absolute greenhouse gas emissions, “Germany is by far the largest emitter in Europe. Germany alone emits 18 per cent of total emissions. Germany is not decarbonising as fast as other large emitters. Furthermore, by exporting electricity generated by fossil fuels, Germany is significantly increasing the CO2-intensity of neighbouring countries’ electricity consumption.”

Energy for Humanity believes that a mix of nuclear and hydropower are the best sources of power to complement renewables. With this in mind, Gogan praises France for its “timely decision to not force accelerated shut-downs on its nuclear fleet”. This she said means the country “is bound to stay on top as one of the most decarbonized nations, while Germany falls further behind. The UK has demonstrated that real climate progress is possible with a policy that supports all low carbon sources including renewables and nuclear.”

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  1. Jamie Spry says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    HOW long does it take people to draw such obvious conclusions? Or, are they simply afraid of being labeled a “denier”?

  2. tom0mason says:

    German politics has just followed their path of least resistance, and the report says nothing that was unforeseen.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The Germans are chasing their own tails on energy policy. Every nuclear power shutdown means more coal has to be burnt to keep its power-hungry industries going.

    Businesses can’t wait for the ‘right’ weather conditions and winter kills solar power.

  4. oldbrew says:

    NTZ rubs it in…

    Germany CO2 Reduction Fails Again For 9th Year Running! …Merkel Exposed As Fake Climate Warrior

    And now here reports that Germany again this year (2017) will again fail to reduce its CO2 equivalent emissions for the 9th year running. Ironically one of the reasons cited for this year by is “cold weather” (again).

    How much longer are the public going to buy these fake solutions to fake problems?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Date: 18/11/17 Editorial, The Wall Street Journal

    American climate-change activists point to Europe, and especially Germany, as the paragon of green energy virtue. But they ought to look closer at Angela Merkel’s political struggles as she tries to form a new government in Berlin amid the economic fallout from the Chancellor’s failing energy revolution.

    Green ideology, or reliable electricity and industrial progress – take your pick.

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    Green Energy is not a virtue, It is a virus. A religious disease caused by years of brain wasting Liberal propaganda that infests the western education system. Skeptics have the only cure. A constant barrage of facts through out the Internet.

    Those that can learn. Those that can’t must be taught…pg

  7. oldbrew says:

    German Jamaica-Coalition Talks In Near Collapse

    Merkel Refuses To Set Coal Deadline At Climate Talks

    Funny if a fake issue can make a whole country ungovernable 😆

  8. oldbrew says:

    More bad news for Germany…

    Wall Street Journal Calls Merkel’s Energiewende “A Meltdown” Involving “Astronomical Costs”
    By P Gosselin on 19. November 2017

    WSJ: Voters promised a virtuous revolution get coal and high prices instead.

    It’s an increasingly expensive farce – as sceptics always said it would be – and the wheels are going to come off at some point.

  9. Jon-Anders Grannes says:

    In the light that the leftist Agenda is a radical change of Society. And that «Affordable energy in ample quantities is the lifeblood of the industrial societies and a prerequisite for the economic development of the others.” — John P. Holdren, Science Adviser to President Obama. Published in Science 9 February 2001»
    I think that The Energiewende is working well?

  10. oldbrew says:

    Merkel’s coalition talks have collapsed – new election likely. Energy policy was one of the main sticking points.

    ‘I think that The Energiewende is working well?’

    Really? Massive costs, no CO2 reductions, increased coal consumption, unstable electricity supplies. Doesn’t seem to be impressing a lot of the voters.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Who knew?…

    New Study Says Climate Change Programs Cost Billions For Paltry Results

    A new study from the Fraser Institute says taxes aimed at curbing climate change and helping green energy projects produce phenomenal costs and little benefit to the environment.

  12. p.g.sharrow says:

    The objective of the Ecoloons is to destroy western industrial civilization. The objective of Communists is to destroy Western civilization.
    Merkel has always been a communist so the destruction of Western industrial civilization and the speed of communist take over is a win in her opinion….pg

  13. oldbrew says:

    pg – Merkel has failed to agree a policy with the Green party on coal usage. Putting German coal miners out of work and causing power shortages – these are not vote winners, unless you’re a Green.