The following German Green Party national convention video is very amusing.
It shows a highly agitated Minister President of the state Baden Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, very angrily blasting his own Green Party’s “radical” call to eliminate fossil fuel cars in Germany by 2030 at a recent Green Party convention.
Kretschmann is clearly fed up with his party’s radical, ideological ideas.
Kretschmann today is one of the Green Party’s most prolific figures – the first Green Party member ever to become a state Minister, and that in a state that is considered a rather conservative one.
Ban fossil fuel cars by 2030
The video first features Green Party Chairperson Anton Hofreiter, a radical Green in just about every sense of the word, raging about the government protecting the evil auto industry, calling for radical measures against it and the elimination of fossil fuel cars by 2030.
At 0:32 we then see Kretschmann reacting in disbelief to the absurd demands made Hofreiter and the Green Party, and we see Kretschamnn explaining to a fellow Green Party Parliamentarian Matthias Gastel why the demand is so ridiculous.
As usual now comes Hofreiter with his wonderful story about Tesla. […] But just think about it for a moment. Imagine 5 million electric cars driving around. Where are they supposed to charge up?”
Then he explains to Parliamentarian Gastel how Germany is not even anywhere close to having enough charging stations to handle 5 millions electric cars.
At 1:18 he asks, becoming very agitated:
How is that supposed to work? You guys don’t have a clue!
Yet the people say that beginning in the year 2030, we can do all this. Those are idiotic target dates. If some asks: Explain to me how we are supposed to do this by this date, I can’t even begin to answer that. […]
We indeed have to figure out how it should work before spouting off radical statements. You can go ahead and do it. Do it! I don’t care! But then simply be happy with 6 or 8% [at the polls]. I used to be on the Party Advisory Board. I said it ten times: Okay, you can agree on that. But then be happy with 8 percent.” And then don’t go around complaining, and leave me alone! And do your campaign yourselves!
You guys always have something crazy in your head, without seeing the whole process. You can do what you want, but with myself as Minister President, I’m not playing along.”
Gastel ‘s resposnse to Kretschmann’s rant was almost as classic, and he let’s slip the true plot of the Green Party.
Winfried, the different roles at play here are clear to me. But we as a fraction in the German Parliament are serving our own clientel, and we are trying to expand it.”
At 2:37 the film switches to Green Party head Cem Özdemir, who claims the party is as unified as ever.
Expect the German Greens to remain at between 6 and 8 percent.