Germany plans to spend €40 billion on ‘climate protection’ by 2023

Posted: September 15, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, government
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What is this climate protection they speak of, apart from a figment of the imagination? As the reliability of their electricity system continues to degrade due to ever-increasing dependance on renewables, their climate superstitions are costing them dear.

The governing coalition parties in Germany have reportedly agreed to a deal to ensure the country meets its 2030 goals to combat climate change.

The government is set to unveil its climate package on September 20, says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is set to unveil a package of measures on Friday, September 20, to ensure that the country cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels.

Days before the announcement, Germany’s governing coalition parties have reached an agreement on a climate package, which could cost at least €40 billion ($44.6 billion) until 2023, according to reports from German daily Welt am Sonntag and the Reuters news agency.

“Over €40 billion in just four years is a huge sum,” Welt am Sonntag quoted government officials as saying.

“We agree that something needs to be done, but it is still open which form this will take,” a person briefed on the talks told Reuters. “We still have not agreed on a price for a ton of C02.”

The coalition partners — including Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), their Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) sister party and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) — have long argued about how to finance Germany’s march toward a green future.

The CDU/CSU have been eager to ensure that the burden of financing the measures doesn’t hurt German businesses, while the SPD wants to protect small earners.

Environment and economy

Merkel’s government is under pressure to deliver a result that offers meaningful measures to protect the environment without damaging the economy.

Merkel touched on those dilemmas in her weekly podcast. “On the one hand, we want climate protection measures to be effective to meet our commitments,” she said. “On the other hand, we want to be economically sensible and act in a socially acceptable way so that all people can afford climate protection.”

Full report here.

  1. ivan says:

    They do say ‘a fool and his money is soon parted’.

    When do the ‘climate rallies’ start? It can’t be far from a weekly podcast to a mass rally with Fuhrer Merkel demanding the people give up all their money to stop climate change as dictated by the UN Church of Climatology.

    Maybe the people will wake up before it’s too late.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Prosperity and imaginary ‘climate protection’ pull in opposite directions.

    Meanwhile so-called greenhouse gases – mainly water vapour – radiate harmlessly in all directions just as they always have done, despite nonsensical claims of ‘heat-trapping’ and a ‘blanket’ in the atmosphere.
    – – –
    The Media Discrimination Against Cold Weather

    By blaming every hot weather event on AGW, and by ignoring the cold weather events or dismissing them as mere weather patterns, the media and the climate fraternity intentionally mislead the public.

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    “The CDU/CSU have been eager to ensure that the burden of financing the measures doesn’t hurt German businesses, while the SPD wants to protect small earners.”

    An idea; take it out of the pockets of Politicians and Bureaucrats. Wonder how long ‘climate protection’ will last if the pain was being transferred to the people that think it is important…pg

  4. oldbrew says:

    13 Sep 2019
    German transport minister proposes billions for e-cars, railway and cleaner trucks

    A week before the German government’s climate cabinet meets to make key climate action decisions, transport minister Andreas Scheuer is proposing billions of euros in government support to enable the transition in the sector. The ministry draft includes an increase in the buyer’s premium especially for lower-cost e-cars. The ministry also wants to lower the value-added tax on train tickets, increase the frequency of long-distance and underground trains and trams, and make every other bus in German cities electric by 2030. An upgrade of German national railways to make space for more passenger trains will cost up to 20 billion euros, the transport ministry estimates.

    billions of euros in government support = public’s money

  5. mem says:

    The science doesn’t support such waste of money. It is the fervor, emotional energy of wanting to lead the world that propels them. It turned out badly once before for the German people but now they repeat it in another form. How can it be so?

  6. oldbrew says:

    Date: 16/09/19 Financial Times

    The future of the world’s biggest motor show in Frankfurt has been thrown into doubt after a weekend of environmental protests disrupted the industry’s gala event.

    As motor show, so Germany itself?

  7. stpaulchuck says:

    right out of The Sopranos – “Nice climate ya got there. Want to keep it? You need some protection. We’ll provide it for a reasonable ‘fee’, or else all your children will die.”

  8. It doesn't add up... says:

    Meanwhile DEFRA and the Met Office are using RCP 8.5 to try to scare us.

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