Climate Regulatory Madness Ratchets Up: “German Greens Aiming To Limit Citizens To 2 Flights A Year

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Recently we reported here how the German Greens are the biggest frequent fliers, and thus climate hypocrites. So it’s only ironic that they are now calling for flight restrictions to be imposed on all citizens.

Of course, important people who do really “important things” — like flying to world-rescuing climate conferences — would be exempt or have the added fees paid by the taxpayer.

According to a number of leading Germany dailies, e.g. here, and here, Green Party parliamentarian Dieter Janecek (42) “wants to spoil the German ‘desire to fly a lot’ with hefty price increases – in order to protect the climate.”

Only 2 roundtrip flights a year

Janeck told the Münchener Merkur that citizens should be allowed only 2 roundtrip flights annually. In Janeck’s proposal, a 30 – 50% surcharge would be added beginning with the third international roundtrip flight.

According to the Münchener Merkur, Janeck says that each citizen is to b allotted “a fixed budget” of two or three flight pairs.

Accordingly, each person has a fixed budget of three flight pairs per year that they can buy normally. “If you want to fly more, you have to buy the flights from others who are not using their budget,” Janecek said.

Customer repairs over the phone

Janeck believes that companies and authorities will think more about utilizing video conferencing in place of traveling for meetings. ”

One aspect of the proposal is that “everyone would have practically their own private emissions trading system.”

“And those who fly little can even sell shares and earn money,” Janecek said.

“Horrified” reaction

But Janeck’s proposal has come under fire the center right CSU party transportation expert Daniela Ludwig (43), who, according to Bild newspaper, “reacted horrified”. Ludwig told BILD: “Climate protection does not work with paternalism and prohibitions, but only through sensitization. We will not be able to market our German products worldwide only through video conferencing.”

FDP faction leader Christian Lindner (40) warns: “Those who ration air travel are showing the old face of a party that aims to ban everything.”

“Stupid proposal”

Even the Greens-friendly socialists blasted the draconian idea. Johannes Kahrs (55, SPD party) spoke of a ‘stupid proposal’: “People should decide for themselves when and how they fly”, especially working people have no other choice,” Bild reported.

Bild daily remarks that Janeck’s proposal probably would be most unpopular among his own Green Party where its member have been found to be the champions of frequent flying. Bild reports: “Surveys show time and again that Green politicians and sympathizers hold the record for the number of flights.”

Could actually lead to more flying

As a low-frequency flier (one flight per year) I don’t think it’s that bad an idea. For those who rarely fly, especially the poor, it would be possible for them to collect credits and to fly maybe more often.

But on the other hand, it would mean the creation of yet another bureaucratic monstrosity, more intrusion into the free market and more control over private lives. The proposal should be filed in the dustbin.

Once again Janeck’s proposal only confirms that leftists and environmentalists only want to tell everyone else how to live and what to do.

Ban all domestic flights

As extreme as the German Green party’s proposal may sound, its still falls short of what extremist scientists are calling for.

Former Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) director and frequent flier Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, for example, said that “domestic flights within Germany should be banned” and be replaced by a better continental high-speed train network. Read more here.

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17 responses to “Climate Regulatory Madness Ratchets Up: “German Greens Aiming To Limit Citizens To 2 Flights A Year”

  1. steve

    Did they get that idea from that whacko AOC?

    1. Penelope

      No, they got the idea from who funds them. In the US a Senate report documents that the big foundations controlled by the vig banking & oil companies fund the green orgs. It also shows, in detail, how the agenda of the greens is set by their funders.

      Report title: The Environmental Chain of Command.

      If you want to understand it rather than just bewail what’s happening, then read it. Probably info about the funders of German greens are available too.

      1. Yonason
      2. Steve

        NOT bewailing anything !

  2. John F. Hultquist

    Can I sell my accumulated un-flown flights to Germans?
    I haven’t flown in a long time and have no plans.
    This would be a wealth transfer from well-to-do Germans to a not-really-poor American in rural Washington State.
    I promise to use their money wisely for the good of Gaia. Wink.

  3. Dave Ward

    “Customer repairs over the phone”

    Since nothing is designed to be repairable these days, I can’t see that idea working…

  4. dennisambler

    In 2005, Professor Kevin Anderson of the UK Tyndall “Scares R Us” Climate Institute, was proposing Carbon Credit Cards. Everyone gets a personal allocation, you buy energy products, you swipe your card and have credits debited. Those who use less could sell allocations to those who use more. Simples yeah?

    1. tom0mason

      Why bother. Carbon (I assume they mean CO2) is NOT harmful at current or future predicted levels!

  5. Morphy

    Meanwhile they fly around constantly to spread their lying “anthropogenic” propaganda.

    Of course, these rules never apply to them, they are “leaders, movers and shakers”…

  6. SebastianH

    Easy fix: just stop subsidizing the fuel. That should solve the problem of people “flying for fun” as those newspapers wrote.

    P.S.: “” is not a leading German daily … it’s a tabloid with mostly hateful and untrue messages. Just look at what kind of story they made out of a simple sentence someone said. Today’s story “student party with nude model, how a compromise saved Micaelas act” … yeah, leading. But if you trust them, here is a story from today about 1237 animal species near extinction:

  7. sasquatch

    The population of Germany is 83 million lost souls, so they need somebody to shepard them on how to manage their lives correctly, enter the Green Reapers.

    Two flights per person still is a heck of a lot of people flying to Thailand for a vacation.

    Booked flights to unused flights would create a margin.

    The greens are just looking for free airline tickets, those unused two flight maximums would have to be filled somehow.

    You could have an ETF on the DAX to short.

    I see that there hasn’t been a single wind farm constructed in Europe for two years.

    An omen if there ever was one, all wind turbines eventually come to a screeching halt.

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  10. KaliforniaKook

    I think they should carry this a little further.For example, limit the number of automobiles that are shipped by rail or sea. This would cut down on diesel burned by trains, oil burned by ships – and as a plus, energy used to create the cars in the first place. An added bonus is that more Germans would have 24/7/365 leisure time.

    The American auto manufacturers could fill the gap for any demand. Wow! Another plus!

  11. jada

    What travel method would be less harmful?

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