Yesterday we read how EU and German bureaucrats want to force homeowners make costly home renovations, for the sole sake of saving some energy. This of course would seriously drive up rental rates for tenants, hitting the poor especially hard.
And if it isn’t difficult enough for the poor to pay for their housing, take a look at the cost for mobility. We learn today that this is already unaffordable for many – thanks to the high price of fuel from government policy.
The leftist German daily TAZ reports here on a survey by research institute Forsa published last Thursday. Over 3000 citizens were surveyed and results show that one quarter are reducing their use of public transportation or their automobiles because of costs.
According the TAZ:
24 percent of the 3212 persons surveyed from all German states are refraining from planned or necessary trips with automobile, bus, rail or planes because of cost reasons.”
These 24% of course are those with limited financial and income means. The middle class and rich will worry much less about the costs of travel as they are able to pay the prices. The energy policy is impacting mainly the poor – making their struggle to make ends meet even worse with each passing day.
There is now spiralling energy inflation in Germany. The TAZ adds:
‘Compared to cost of living increases of about 11 percent between 2005 and 2011, the prices for air and rail trave,l as well as fuel prices, have exploded,’ said Allianz-pro-Schiene Director Dirk Flege. Last year a German Railway train ticket cost 22 percent more than it did 6 years ago.
In the same time period, air travel costs rose 34 percent. Fuel prices for cars went up 28%. The reason for the price increases are rising energy costs.”
Already many of the poor are unable to afford electricity and now will neither have anywhere to go nor the means to travel. In response, the government is considering social programs to alleviate their plight. But these programs are ineffective and amount to pick-pocketing 5 euros from one pocket, and putting one euro in the other, and claiming to be good Samaritans for it.
The greens and environmentalists are of course pleased about 24% of the population cutting back, and they view it as progress for the climate. But they are demanding more – 95% if possible (5%, green officials, would be exempt and continue to fly to places like Bali, Cancun, Durban, etc.).