Again Germany Blames ‘Cold Weather’ For Thwarted Efforts To Fight ‘Global Warming’…Fracking Drives Prices Down

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Germany’s online flagship daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports here German CO2 emissions rose 2% in 2013. This marks another setback for German efforts to curb emissions by 40% (relative to 1990 levels) by 2020.

Cold weather hampering fight against warming

Ironically, experts are blaming “cold weather” for thwarting the country’s efforts to combat “global warming” through CO2 emissions reductions. The FAZ writes:

Foremost the cold winter drove up natural gas consumption. Emissions of coal and oil also drove up emissions considerably.

Coal is currently inexpensive because in America it is being displaced by even cheaper natural gas that is pressed out of the ground using the ‘fracking method'”.

According to the FAZ, which cites experts, Germany’s CO2 emissions climbed 20 million tonnes last year.

This is the second year in a row that German CO2 emissions have risen, despite having invested a whopping $250 billion in green energies. Some critics call the green energy feed-in act a “giant capital-destruction machine”.

26 million unemployed in EU28!

Europe, on the other hand, saw its overall CO2 emissions fall by 2.5% in 2013.

But that reduction has a lot to do with Europe’s economic malaise…especially in places like Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece. When jobs are killed off and a major portion of the population becomes idle, reduced energy consumption is the natural result.

Currently Europe’s unemployment rate stands at a whopping 12%. More than 26 million men and women are unemployed in the EU28, according to Eurostat.

 

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9 responses to “Again Germany Blames ‘Cold Weather’ For Thwarted Efforts To Fight ‘Global Warming’…Fracking Drives Prices Down”

  1. Ed Caryl

    What will they do next winter, when it will be even colder?

  2. DirkH

    Idiots at Der Focus fall for propaganda press release, say “worst consequence of increased CO2 is falling zinc, iron, protein content in crop harvests”
    http://www.focus.de/gesundheit/ernaehrung/groesste-gefahr-des-klimawandels-jetzt-zerstoert-co2-auch-noch-die-naehrstoffe-im-essen_id_3828974.html
    As WUWT commenters have already shown, the reduction is only relative – given that yields rise under increased CO2 the total amount of nutrients rises.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/05/07/claim-as-co2-levels-rise-some-crop-nutrients-will-fall/
    We don’t expect anything from journalists but we can now say that scientists willingly play propaganda whores as well.

    1. DirkH

      …as is the norm today, none of the reader comments at Der Focus goes along with the intended panic.

  3. A C Osborn

    Sorry that this is off topic, but I cannot see anywhere to post “suggestion”.

    This could be a very important paper that completely kills Man Made Global Warming.
    It shows that water vapour and CO2 do NOT obey the blackbody laws of Kirchhoff, Planck, and Stefan-Boltzmann.
    http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/new-paper-questions-basic-physics.html

    1. DirkH

      Thanks! This is enormous!

  4. lemiere jacques

    so global warming is the best weapon to fight global warming..huh…

  5. Jimbo

    Europe, on the other hand, saw its overall CO2 emissions fall by 2.5% in 2013.

    Also over the years production of goods has moved to China and other high co2 emitting countries. No matter how hard they try the total keeps going up. They are playing pass the buck.

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