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.