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Denmark’s U-Turn On Climate Targets

September 3, 2015

By Paul Homewood 




From Bloomberg:


Denmark’s widening budget deficit is forcing its policy makers to take some hard decisions in the very area where they are considered global role models: the fight against climate change.

Denmark’s Liberal government is to reverse ambitious CO2 emission targets introduced by the previous administration. It will also drop plans to phase out coal-fired power plants and become fossil-fuel free by 2050, according to leaked documents first reported by newspaper Information.

The news about Denmark’s cost-cutting measures, which also include a reduction in green funding initiatives worth 340 million kroner ($51.5 million) through 2019, came on the same day on which U.S. President Barack Obama issued a global appeal for urgent action in the buildup to a United Nations summit in Paris in December.

Danish Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said growing pressure on the country’s public finances means the government needs to prioritize.

“There are no areas” of the budget “that won’t be subject to a critical audit,” he told Bloomberg in an interview at his office in Copenhagen.


Denmark was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union’s 2020 climate and energy targets and is home to the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, Vestas Wind Systems A/S. The EU Environment Agency is based in Copenhagen.

EU member states have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from their 1990 levels by 2020. The previous Danish government had vowed to reduce them by 40 percent over the same period.

Frederiksen said the “microscopic adjustment” now being considered would still make Denmark a champion of environmentalism and dismissed criticisms from Christian Ege Joergensen of Denmark’s Ecological Council, a pressure group, who had told Information he was “horrified” by the change of tack.

“Denmark doesn’t have anything to be embarrassed about with its climate goals, we consider ourselves leaders in this area,” the finance minister said.

Bit by bit, reality begins to dawn!

  1. September 3, 2015 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that reality cannot be forever ignored.

    The 2009 Climategate emails have finally revealed unmitigated arrogant selfishness (hubris) of world leaders and scientists they funded after WWII:'S_SCIENCE

    Now the $64,000 question is just this: “Can society be returned to sanity (contact with REALITY: Every atom, life and planet in the solar system is sustained by NEUTRON REPULSION in the Sun’s pulsar core – an EMPIRICAL FACT world leaders and government scientists HID FROM THE PUBLIC for 70 years) without undergoing a crash landing of the world’s entire economic and social order?

    Despite government deception and violation of the “basic right of every citizen to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the current social structure provides benefits that we must protect if the corrupt social structure goes into free-fall collapse.

  2. September 3, 2015 2:39 pm

    Thanks, Paul. Sanity seems to be starting to break out. This is good news for Denmark’s citizens.

  3. Joe Public permalink
    September 3, 2015 5:11 pm

    Perhaps their decision is related to the fact they have the highest power-prices in Europe:

  4. September 3, 2015 8:42 pm

    The Danes are the most ignorant people in the world. They lied about their wind energy programme and the Germans listened to them. 6,000 mw of wind energy and not one power plant shut down. See valmartinireland you tube myth about wind energy video 6.

  5. September 3, 2015 8:42 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with the targets, it’s just that they’re aiming the wrong weapons at them. Nuke all that fossil coal dependence.

  6. September 8, 2015 4:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

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