Germany to abandon its 2020 climate targets?

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Der Spiegel has a story that I could have predicted with my eyes closed: Germany is, so they report, planning to abandon its 2020 climate targets.

Germany’s target is to reduce its emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. At the end of last year they had reduced them by around 24%. In the next 6 years they are shutting down three more coal, sorry, nuclear power plants, while opening a few more nuclear, sorry, coal power plants.

The target can clearly not be met. It is a case of simple arithmetic. And this should have been clear to anyone the second Merkel announced her decision to abandon nuclear in 2011.

Now, they might have been able to squeeze by if they had not been foolish enough to shut down nuclear power plants while building about 11 GW of coal power plants. But even this would have been challenging.

Sadly, the lesson will be drawn by many  that renewables are useless and cannot deliver the goods. And the environmental movement can only blame themselves when they are hoist from their own petard. For years Germany was put forward as the shining light; showing us that you can get rid off nuclear energy quickly while eating your climate cake. This has now been proved wrong. Perhaps it is time environmentalists stopped holding up Germany as an example. The Energiewende dream is now being burned in coal, at least for now.


2 thoughts on “Germany to abandon its 2020 climate targets?

    mark4asp said:
    November 20, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Solar and wind are pretty much useless because they aren’t dispatchable. On a mid-winter evening, during a cold anticyclone, solar and wind will deliver no appreciable energy. They need to keep fossil fuel plants staffed and running just for that eventuality. Germany needs its coal plants unless they’re prepared to see people freeze.


    actinideage said:
    November 22, 2014 at 4:18 am

    The trouble with this rational energy advocacy business is, in the current VRE-over-nuclear false dichotomy climate, being proved right just sucks. The arithmetic has been clear for years, the reticence about discussing actual emissions progress from Germany’ cheerleaders steadily more obvious, but a tiny, silly part of me still desperately hoped “maybe this is the year that CO2/kWh SOMEHOW drops dramatically. Please, prove me wrong!” Increasingly it seems that the only commentators prepared to talk about Germany’s unforgivable lack of these reductions… are climate science-aware nuclear advocates.


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