It’s great to see what all those tens of billions of euros spent on renewable energies and the skyrocketing costs of electricity have accomplished. Nothing!
According to the German Press Agency, dpa, European greenhouse gas emissions jumped 2.4% in 2010. The figures were released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen yesterday. Read about it here.
Officials blame economic recovery in many countries and the harsh winter for the jump. Actually, the tens of billions of euros did have an impact. According to EEA Director Jacqueline McGlade:
…the increase could have been even higher without the fast expansion of renewable energy generation in the EU.”
Boy, I feel a lot better already. Actually I don’t. Even if emissions had gone down, it still would have been a complete waste of money, and is not going to change the climate. And whatever Europe manages to save in emissions over the next decade will simply be offset by China’s explosive growth in just matter of weeks.
According to the EEA: Germany, Poland and Great Britain are responsible for 56% of the increase. Finland, Sweden and Austria also posted large emission increases. Shame on you.
But there were some big successes in Europe. Large emission savings were accomplished in Greece, Spain and Portugal. Congratulations! Of course, these happen to be the countries in Europe that have crashed economically. The media just forgot to mention that.
The Express (link above) writes:
Despite the increase in 2010, the 27-nation bloc is on track to meet its emissions targets under the Kyoto protocol, a 1997 climate accord limiting the emissions of most industrialised countries, the EEA said.”
What they don’t mention is that a large part of those cutbacks was achieved by the collapse of the former East Block and the really dilapidated factories of communist central planning.