Some days ago we wrote about how Germany was headed to Marrakesh without any plan on how it would meet its “climate targets”.
This of course promised to be a huge embarassment for a country that liked to massively boast about being a leader in fighting climate change.
Merkel’s government and leading ministers had to endure quite a beating by the media, and apparently caved in and have since reached a compromise with climate alarmist minister of environment Barbara Hendricks. They’re coming to Marrakesh with a Climate Plan 2050 after all.
“Hardly any substance…watered down”
What resulted was a light version: Many requirements have been crossed out or watered down. Those who profit are industry and power plant operators.”
That of course means that German consumers, who have been hard hit by the “Energiewende” (transition to renewable energies) through skyrocketing electricity costs and grid instability, can breath a sigh of relief: Germany is in fact only lukewarm when it comes to combatting the “most serious threat to mankind”.
Also deleted from the Climate Plan 2050 is a minimum price for CO2 emissions trading, and what remains, according to Wetzel, is a nebulous “strengthening of price signals of emissions trading“.
“Completely hollowed out”
Wetzel adds that the German Greens and environmentalists have slammed the new Climate Plan 2050, calling it “completely hollowed out” and that it “will not fulfil the requirements of the Paris climate agreement“.
Hardly any counry has bothered drawing up a reduction plan that goes so far out into the future.”
No effect on emissions so far
One reader at Facebook commented that Germany’s climate fight so far has been a farce, and that it has caused far more damage than good. The reader writes that over the first 9 months of this year, Germany has in fact consumed 0.3% more energy than it did over the same period a year earlier, concluding:
The German Energiewende is meaningless for the climate. […]. Nonetheless, Germany’s most beautiful landscapes continue to be destroyed by wind turbines – a crime against nature.”
And then there are the astronomical financal costs.