Senior Conservative says proposed Climate Action Law would “paralyse” Germany

Posted: February 28, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Politics

Feldheim village near Berlin, Germany.

Germany continues to try and tie its economy in knots in the name of a naive and misplaced belief in mandatory ‘climate action’, as this Clean Energy Wire report shows.

The Climate Action Law proposed by Germany’s environment ministry is “a planned economy approach” that could “paralyse the country without making progress on climate action,” Georg Nüßlein, deputy parliamentary group leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance said in an interview with the Tageszeitung (taz).

Adding to previous conservative criticism of the initiative, Nüßlein said the law proposed by Social Democrat (SPD) Environment Minister Svenja Schulze didn’t allow ministries enough “flexibility” on how to achieve emissions cuts and amounted to “passing the buck to someone else by setting targets.”

He argued that the only way to bring down emissions was to “support innovation” and that “coercion and abstinence,” would make dangerous changes to the market economy and provoke revolt against measures, for example in transport, that affected people’s daily lives. “I will be on the side of those revolting,” Nüßlein said.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Climate targets are hurting Ireland too.

    Date: 28/02/19 Green News Ireland

    Missing its CO2 targets could cost Ireland between €3bn and €6bn for both compliance periods up to 2020 and 2030.

    The European Commission has found that the State’s climate plans fall far short of the level of ambiton required to put Ireland on a path to achieve its 2030 targets.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    Oh dear, ” “paralyse the country without making progress on climate action,””, they still haven’t realised there is no “progress” on Climate whatever “action” they take.

  3. oldbrew says:

    If the Germans want to go bust trying to buy a climate, good luck. But let’s not copy them.

  4. ivan says:

    If they have those windmills actually in the villages as shown in the picture what are their medical bills and the cost of loss of production going to be? Maybe the greens don’t care because it fits the reduction of global population as set out by the UN in their various agenda documents.

  5. P.A.Semi says:

    Here in Czechia neighbouring Germany, this year rose price of electricity by 20%, due to stock market rise of price of electricity, and due to carbon emision permit price rising…
    Stock market price of electricity rises because neighbouring Germany made bad decisions in their energy mix and they’re sucking out our cheap nuclear and coal electricity, Czechia is net exporter of energy, and due to climatic bussiness, and We the People, the middle class, will pay the bill…

    And it will be not only electricity price, it will project into other prices, where production will cost more, so we poor middle-class people will pay it also in other prices…

    It’s very despicable exploitation, this Climatic Bussiness…

  6. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Did Herr Nüßlein’s comments “a planned economy approach” that could “paralyse the country without making progress on climate action,” carefully avoid having to use the words ‘communist subversion’?

  7. oldbrew says:

    As P.A.Semi says: neighbouring Germany made bad decisions in their energy mix

    The trouble is, that’s their policy and they intend to continue with it, i.e. closing nuclear and coal generation down within a few years and relying even more on part-time unreliable wind and solar power. And when that doesn’t work, importing from anyone else to get themselves out of trouble.
    – – –
    Climate policies threaten to blow apart Germany’s ruling coalition
    An effort to cut emissions includes a heavy dose of politics.

  8. oldbrew says:

    German industry eyes massive imports of ‘solar fuels’ from Australia
    28 Feb 2019

    Huge amounts of synthetic fuels generated from renewable energies will be required to fully decarbonise the German economy, according to industry association BDI, which eyes yearly imports of 340 terawatt hours (TW/h) by 2050 – the equivalent of Germany’s entire power fleet.

    “For ambitious climate and energy targets, we will need Power-to-X in significant amounts,” said Carsten Rolle, executive director at the World Energy Council Germany, and head of energy and climate policy at BDI, the German industry association.

    Power-to-X is a broad term referring to the transformation of electricity into synthetic gases – such as hydrogen, methane or other gases and liquids, according to the European Commission.
    . . .
    According to the World Energy Council, a mature global market for green synthetic fuels could easily reach a size of 10,000 to 20,000 TWh/a by 2050, meeting around 50% of today’s global demand for crude oil.
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    This all sounds like the usual dreamland stuff.

  9. ivan says:

    oldbrew, I think they are talking about importing the Australian high grade coal which was produced with the help of the sun, it would be better than their local grown brown coal. /sarc.