Though regional, what follows is a scandal that illustrates just how energy laws and policy are formed today in many developed countries: by green activists and lobbyists who have an extreme agenda or narrow, self-serving interest.
German national daily Bild here reports how in Hannover the new energy law for the state of Lower Saxony was not really written by policymakers elected by the voters, but by the Big Green industry lobbyists themselves.
The Bild story bears the title: “Companies write the energy law”
Germany’s number one daily by circulation, Bild, tells of Lower Saxony’s Environment Minister Stefan Wenzel of the Green Party coming under heavy fire from the opposition. The FDP Free Democrats accused Wenzel of having parts of the 79-page draft legislation “dictated to him by the wind industry.” In other words, Bild writes:
Instead having the law formulated by employees of the Ministry, lobbyists participated in the formulation!”
According to Bild 12 environmental activist groups worked on the legislation, including companies such as Enercon and GE.
Bild quotes Free Democrat Dr. Gero Hocker, an environment expert:
The Environment Minister must concede that the wind lobby took over the job of drafting the law. That’s an outrage!”
Bild writes that although it is not unusual to get imput from various organizations, an angered Gero Hocker shot back: “Taking over as they are the formulations is a real scandal.”
Increasingly lawmakers have become marionettes of Big Green…democratic representation be damned. It also doesn’t help that a huge share of German lawmakers are investors in fail-safe, get-rich-quick green energy projects.