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Entire German village demolished to make way for coal mining

January 13, 2018

By Paul Homewood



A 19th century church in Germany was demolished this week to make way for coal mining.

St Lambertus Cathedral – a church known by locals as Immerather Dom – in Immerath, a tiny farming village northwest of Cologne, was razed to the ground on Tuesday.

The double-spired church, thought to have been built between 1880 and 1890, was torn down in the latest step in energy company RWE’s demolition of the entire village in a bid to expand its access to the region’s lignite supply.

St Lambertus Church (pictured) was torn down by RWE Power to make way for coal mines despite protests from Greenpeace



Perhaps instead of lecturing Donald Trump, our climate conscious MPs should be complaining to Mrs Merkel.

  1. January 13, 2018 2:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    DEAR German “Greens”, who played a major government and activist role in phasing out (CO2-free) nuclear energy, via Fukushima hysteria, and implementing the economic and environmental disastrous #Energiewende, I repeat to you again – “careful what you wish for”!

  2. January 13, 2018 2:25 pm

    Guess that now Drax has denuded the southeastern United States riverine forests and Germany has burned it all, they must get serious.

  3. Sheri permalink
    January 13, 2018 2:54 pm

    Who needs history when you’re saving the planet? No, wait, that applies to razing history for useless pinwheels. Now it applies to burning dirt, I guess. What a horrible government the Germans have given themselves. As Jamie Spry says, “careful what you wish for”.

  4. Athelstan permalink
    January 13, 2018 2:58 pm

    Ach! stille, kleiner, es ist nur ostdeutschland……………..

    Or…………….. something like that, with polite but reluctant apol’s to all of our Teutonic cousins.

    And then, can you imagine because I can’t………

    Yes, the kefuffle and scweams of the green banshees and swampy’s klan, mr and mrs graun reader, the plod and the Church police, thought police & UNITE, Red Len et al if……………..if HMG even were considering erm knocking down a village for a COAL MINE!

    Um, this sort of thing?

    A few trucks and the maybe what if – promise of a fracked well or two and the population are swooning at the prospect, and the usual suspects offering death threats on yon twatter-o-sphere and all.

    It’s is quite hard to credit, the death of Britain. What happened…………..with the UK’s transformation from, a world centre of engineering, railways, shipbuilding, manufacturing mining and industrial zeal, the nation fashioned through the graft and inspiration of our forefathers living in the reign of HRH Victoria.

    Alack, what would they make of us – living in the present?

    Think on that.

    And don’t give me that old ‘experts’ argument about the “world is changing” oh yes it definitely is but look across the Continent to the Fatherland – they still dig up coal, make stuff, export it and evidently, jealously have kept hold of their manufacturing base.
    Indeed, the difference between Germany and Britain – a fierce nationalistic pride, using the vehicle of Brussels to always dictate how it’s going to be and an even more ferociously a fierce policy of protectionism – try and set up a firm in the Fatherland and know/ see what I mean.

  5. January 13, 2018 3:44 pm

    Remind me, how well is Germany doing against its targets?
    Obviously German did not sign up to the Paris Climate Agreement, otherwise it wouldn’t be closing its nuclear power stations and opening coal mines.

  6. markl permalink
    January 13, 2018 5:13 pm

    As long as the US remains the whipping boy for Climate Change the ROW will do as they please and bask in the glory of saving the planet. The whole CC mantra is pure virtue signaling, propaganda, and nothing more. The people are being mushroomed and many don’t realize it. ‘They’ keep saying Trump isn’t a true world leader but it seems many are, and will be, following his path to energy and people first.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 13, 2018 7:03 pm

    Still not as destructive as damming for hydro though is it!

    Or windmill industrial parks on the land/seascape.

  8. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 13, 2018 9:58 pm

    These large open pit mines have been moving across the German landscape for years. People have been moved out slowly and then very large open pit coal mines remove coal.  Much material is removed, reshaped and the land, years later, returns to other use.

    Deconsecrated in October 2013, the St. Lambertus Cathedral, a double-spired church known locally as the “Immerather Dom,” was the (last) major building in this town to come down as Germany develops a large coal mine. Several German towns have gone bye bye. 

    There were protests about the church but it was in poor condition, had few remaining attendees for years, and would have required a great deal of money to refurbish it and make it an historical attraction. Had the mine not paid the costs of removal we likely would have seen a “crowd funding” situation, and been asked to contribute.

  9. daveR permalink
    January 13, 2018 11:00 pm

    Isn’t there a lot of coal under Norwich NR4 and London SW1A? (moderately /sarc)

    • J Martin permalink
      January 13, 2018 11:54 pm

      Mostly just hot air.

  10. January 14, 2018 1:28 am

    I suppose it would be political suicide in Germany to buy low-emission natural gas from Vlad.

  11. RAH permalink
    January 14, 2018 10:29 am

    Many a church spire from buildings like that were taken out during WW II. As the allies entered Germany and the end was in sight, soldiers were less likely to take chances. Church spires/bell towers were the favorite locations for enemy artillery observers and snipers for obvious reasons. So quite often once in Germany, if a town or village did not display white sheets from their windows or if shots were fired or artillery received, church spires or bell towers would be the first target for artillery in preparation for entering.

  12. January 14, 2018 8:39 pm

    I understand that the mine is for lignite… the dirtiest possible material for burning.

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