Here’s a mix of various news stories in Germany.
1. E. Coli epidemic in Germany (and handling with gloves)
Journalist Michael Miersch reports on the double standard in reporting the organic food catastrophe in Germany. Since E. coli bacteria infected the supply of food and so creating Germany’s worst food outbreak and scare in decades, the media have been doing all sorts of fancy acrobatics to play down this glaring Utopian green dream failure.
Officials now claim the source of the E. coli bacteria is indeed a “plant” in North Germany. That “plant” of course is an organic vegetable farm.
The above graphic shows the number of E. coli illnesses (and deaths in parentheses) for each German state. Source: http://www.stepmap.de/karte/2011-06-09-ehec-hus-154483 (3 deaths outide of Germany).
Now that we have so many deaths and hundreds ill, we ask: is the German government moving to shut down all organic farms in Germany, to protect the public, in a move similar to the shut-down of nuclear power plants in the wake of Fukushima? The answer is “no”.
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Indeed news reports this morning say that the organic “plant” where the bacteria originated will be allowed to remain open!…citing “excellent hygiene standards”. I’m not convinced. A few days ago the Gärtnerhof Bienenbüttel organic farm showed workers in the food processing plant handling raw vegetables with their bare hands. The “bare hands” photos have since been taken down and replaced with scenic outdoorsy nature photos, see here. Hiding something? Noooooo.
2. Energy boss warns of German industrial exodus
Jürgen Großmann, a vocal critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to end Germany’s reliance on nuclear energy by 2022, told the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung the country was jeopardizing its economic foundation.
“Politicians would do well to review their actions, and consequences for the price of electricity,” he told the paper. “Consumers will pay more and many companies will think twice about whether they are in good hands in Germany. Continue reading here…
3. Green politician wants highway robbery of transport
Consumers aren’t paying through the nose enough, and they need more restriction. So says green European Parliamentarian Michael Cramer here. Cramer advocates a hefty “climate traffic toll” all across Europe. He says:
The problem is that the costs caused by trucks are not being accounted for. If they really were taken into account, then the tolls would have to increase considerably. Studies have shown that noise from trucks cause costs of 20 cents per kilometer.”
Member countries should be able to increase toll rates by up to 175% during peak traffic times. The problem is that the EU has a lid on toll revenue. According to the Parliament, the toll rates outside of rush hours should be lower so that the state does not take in more revenue. So now there is no real incentive for less driving, rather there’s an incentive to drive during other times of the day.”
For the greens, it’s all about getting restricting people and stealing your money.