Germany needs drastic rise in fuel prices to meet climate targets, environment agency paper says

Posted: December 7, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Politics, Travel
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Whichever way you look at it, so-called climate policies usually lead to massive costs which few are willing to pay – as mass protests in France and Chile have recently shown. Germans have a choice to make: bet the entire economy on hoped-for, but marginal, climate effects – or not.

A position paper by Germany’s environment agency UBA calls for a drastic increase in fuel prices in order to bring about emissions reductions needed in the transport sector to help meet climate targets, reports Clean Energy Wire.

The internal UBA paper, which was obtained by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, says that the price for one litre of petrol should increase by 47 euro cents and for diesel fuel by 70 percent per litre, correspondent Michael Bauchmüller writes.

The average petrol price [per litre] in Germany in 2019 was around 1.43 euros and the average diesel price around 1.26 euros, according to statistics website Statista.

Moreover, the UBA paper says that the current commuter allowance should be abolished and a general speed limit on highways set at 120 kilometres per hour. The paper also calls for “social hardships” resulting from higher prices to be compensated.

According to Bauchmüller, the German environment ministry (BMU), to which the UBA belongs, decided not to publish the paper that was compiled in the run-up to Germany’s recently agreed climate package, as fuel prices were regarded as the transport ministry’s (BMVI) responsibility.

Environment minister Svenja Schulze told the Passauer Neue Presse that higher prices could not be introduced “without social compensation.” However, she also argued that a speed limit on highways “is free of charge.”

Schulze stressed that the government’s climate package has an inbuilt monitoring mechanism that would allow for the adjustment of particular policies later on, should the desired emissions reduction not set in.

Transport minister Andreas Scheuer said the “balanced” climate package would now be implemented, the newspaper Tagesspiegel reports.

He said the UBA’s paper proposes “abstinence, prohibition and price increases”, which can cause people to “panic” and “is the wrong approach.”

Full article here.
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Financial Times 6/12/19: German industry hit by biggest downturn since 2009

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Talking about the UK here, but much of it also applies to anywhere else.
    – – –
    Carbon Policies Are ‘Futile Gesture Politics’
    Date: 06/12/19 Press Release, Global Warming Policy Foundation

    Economist says unilateral decarbonisation carries major economic and political risks

    A prominent economist says that Britain’s climate and energy policies are ‘futile gesture politics’, and will fail to bring about any change to the climate.

    Dr Ruth Lea, who has wide-ranging experience of working in the civil service, the financial sector and policy institutions, says that while politicians celebrate their increasingly ambitious decarbonisation targets, most of the world is ignoring them:

    “The UK now represents just 1% of global emissions, so any reduction we make will not even be noticed. And it will be offset many times over by increases in the developing world, which continues to burn cheap coal and gas as fast as it can.”

    And Lea warns that politicians’ determination to be seen to ‘do something’ about climate change carries major political risks:

    “The decarbonisation programme that we are embarking on will be extraordinarily expensive and will hit businesses and consumers harder every year. That can’t carry on for ever, and eventually a major political price will be paid.”

    Dr Lea’s comments mark the publication of a series of her essays on climate policy by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

    https://www.thegwpf.org/carbon-policies-are-futile-gesture-politics/

    Carbon Futility: https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2019/12/RuthLea-Carbon-Futility.pdf

  2. Gamecock says:

    ‘The paper also calls for “social hardships” resulting from higher prices to be compensated.’

    What’s ‘social’ about it? It’s an admission that the policy will cause problems. But they are willing to fix it for SOME of their citizens.

    Interesting to me they want to tax it instead of rationing it. They don’t mind making a little money on their way to saving the planet.

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

    I wonder what the riot inducing level of tax increase is? This could well prove to be above it.

  4. oldbrew says:

    But if they force a switch to electric cars as planned, nobody needs the fuel anyway so tax income drops to zero. Something missing in the policy?

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    if any of this CAGW rubbish actually meant anything, I’d be doing something about it. So I’m not.

  6. ivan says:

    It sounds as if Germany needs a radical change of government – one that hasn’t been bought by Soros and the UN.

    As long as Fuhrer Merkel is running things this stupidity will continue until the country is bankrupt and swarming with illiterate migrants looking for a handout.

    It appears that the UK is heading that way as well with all the politicians waving their arms about and bowing down to the UN Church of Climatology because of their ignorance.

  7. Coeur de Lion says:

    It won’t cause people to ‘panic’. They’ll be out on the streets in their yellow jackets. That’s what’s feared.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Good. Let Germany go ahead and show us how it is done.

    Then after their collapse and riots, we will all be justified in NOT doing the same…

    Very much enjoying my gas heat and affordable gasoline fueled booming economy here in the USA.

  9. Graeme No.3 says:

    Let’s see. They are rioting in Chile over fuel price increases. Also in The Netherlands. I hear that there is some opposition in France to increased fuel prices. Belgium and Denmark? Also agitation in under-developed countries outside the EU. I think even the Green submissive German politicians might be having other thoughts.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Green Suicide: Germany’s Industry In Freefall
    Date: 07/12/19 The Daily Telegraph

    Its main industry is in freefall. Its political system is descending into chaos. The banking system is in crisis, and consumer demand is stuck in the doldrums. Which country? It is, of course, Germany.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/green-suicide-germanys-economy-in-freefall/

  11. oldbrew says:

    German farmers set bonfires across the country in protest at being ‘ignored’ in climate drive
    7 DECEMBER 2019

    “We feel that government is being driven by green groups and NGOs. They are chasing the Green party vote and ignoring farmers even though we are their core voters,” said Helmut Lebacher, the organiser of a bonfire in the small Bavarian village of Tyrlaching.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/07/german-farmers-set-bonfires-across-country-protest-ignored-climate/

  12. tom0mason says:

    Germany needs to try harder so that in the UK BREXIT gains even more votes, and the move to MUKGA (Make UK Great Again) gains traction.
    So carry on Germany, I’m right behind you and your deindustrializing endeavors.

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