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.