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It’s All Over For Europe’s Green Deal As Angela Merkel’s MEPs Say ‘It’s No Longer Viable’

April 24, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

 

From GWPF:

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The leader of the Parliamentary Party Markus Pieper told news magazine FOCUS:

The Green Deal was a gigantic challenge for an economy in top shape. After the corona bloodletting, it is simply not financially viable.”

Pieper suggests, among other things, to expand trading in CO2 to electric cars and building renovations instead of fixed CO2 quotas. “Then the market regulates the progress in climate protection according to supply and demand via a price mechanism,” Pieper told FOCUS. 
Pieper also called for energy policy to be the “core concern of EU foreign policy” in order to import more electricity from renewable energy from Africa and the Middle East. The Federal Government also warned that the current carbon price of ten euros per tonne of CO2 should be maintained and the decision by the Federal Council on a higher carbon price should be rejected.

Full story (in German)

 

One by one, the wheels are falling off the wagon. The only trouble is that Pieper’s suggestions are just as muddled as Merkel’s policies, and just as damaging.

His main idea is to expand the use of carbon taxes, for instance to encourage buying electric cars and installing insulation or low carbon heat systems.

But we already subsidise EVs in the UK, in addition to taxing petrol and diesel. But that has done little to encourage us to switch over, because EVs are so useless. Simply increasing taxes on conventional cars just makes us all poorer.

As for building renovations, the same applies. Increasing tax on existing heating systems and fuel may eventually make us buy expensive alternative systems, but we will still be much worse off either way.

As for the idea that Europe should import more electricity from Africa and the Middle East, I can only assume Herr Pieper is off his trolley!

It is one thing importing oil and gas from that region, as there are always alternative sources. But for the EU economy to be so dependent on the whims of African and Middle East governments, not to mention terrorist groups, would invite disaster.

12 Comments
  1. Curious George permalink
    April 24, 2020 6:09 pm

    The best I could find about Dr. Pieper’s qualifications:
    2004 : Doctor of economic geography, specialising in changes in location factors
    He does not seem totally unqualified. Unfortunately, his proposals contradict that assessment.

  2. April 24, 2020 6:12 pm

    Simply increasing taxes on conventional cars just makes us all poorer.

    As well as making governments more unpopular.

    Re the heating boilers, some websites claim the latest gas boilers can be be modified – at the owner’s expense of course – to burn hydrogen, if that was available.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      April 25, 2020 11:39 am

      I believe new boilers are being made more expensive by a legal requirement to make them adaptable to burning at least part hydrogen. Probably won’t help with reliability either.

      • Russ Wood permalink
        April 26, 2020 3:20 pm

        If domestic boilers are going to be modified to burn Hydrogen, I would suggest that all installers be qualified and certified to the same level that submarine hull welders are. Gas explosions are bad – but H2 explosions?

  3. saparonia permalink
    April 24, 2020 6:37 pm

    They should postpone ideas about using EV’s. We need to reopen the pits. This is going to be the only way to survive this Super Grand Solar Minimum. If it’s done now there are still people who know the job, If they wait until hell freezes over they will be literally scratching the surface. The Earth is spewing out carbon anyway, volcanoes are increasing and (at the very least a mini) Ice Age is coming.

  4. Jonathan Scott permalink
    April 25, 2020 7:47 am

    Paul, Maybe I am dense but I see no way to forward leads to you.
    No doubt you will see this but it made my blood boil.
    Once again the BBC shows itself trashing its charter promising impartiality promoting the views of the chief paid maggot from the Grantham Research Institute.

    Website Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52418624

    Message: More from the PC BBC Propaganda machine.

    But the UK climate economist Lord Stern told BBC News: “The immediate priority is the current Covid crisis – but then we have to build for the future.

    “Timmermans is right and Trump is wrong. We should only be bailing out firms that are going to contribute to tackling climate change.

    Here is the BBC once again showing themselves in contravention of their Charter. This gentleman is an economist and chair of the grandiosely named Grantham Research Institute. He is a paid lacky! To try to suggest that help for firms be tied to this fraud is absolutely outrageous and is nothing short of suggesting blackmail!

  5. mikewaite permalink
    April 25, 2020 9:03 am

    Stern is correct, I think that we would all agree , in saying:

    “The immediate priority is the current Covid crisis – but then we have to build for the future.”

    However the reconstruction should not be on the basis of climate change, that is the “old normal” . Previous to the covid pandemic all future economic considerations in UK were based on the Climate Change Act and the incessant propaganda in aid of renewable entrepreneurs that came from the BBC and nearly every other medium.
    We should look back to 1945 , and a shattered Europe and a bankrupt UK .
    What were then the priorities :
    * look after those whose families, homes and incomes were destroyed by the War
    *Concentrate on those businesses which bring in money to the UK , mainly textile ( all the world needs clothing and bedding), cars and the essential raw materials of industry , particularly coal
    * rescue the bankrupt railway companies so that goods and people can move around again
    When lockdown ends the reconstruction, the “new normal”, should concentrate on making the esentials , like power as cheap and reliable as possible so that businesses can rebuild their financial base and begin to rehire people. The policies that Stern advocates would extend the present misery and insecururity for years, for absolutely no effect on climate .

    • April 25, 2020 9:17 am

      Cheap, reliable, abundant energy = civilisation. We are heading in the opposite direction!

  6. cajwbroomhill permalink
    April 25, 2020 10:22 am

    The UK’s manmade CO2 output as a proportion of global=0.3 of 1.13 %.

  7. April 25, 2020 1:52 pm

    As for the idea that Europe should import more electricity from Africa and the Middle East, I can only assume Herr Pieper is off his trolley!

    .. or maybe he has shares in copper futures. I have images of Tuaregs in little white vans flogging large quantities of cable in Moroccan soukhs..

  8. markl permalink
    April 25, 2020 5:23 pm

    “One by one, the wheels are falling off the wagon.” Aptly put. They’ve already eaten the low hanging energy fruit with biomass, solar, and wind, and they’re not even close to replacing fossil fuels as the primary energy source. So called ‘renewable energy’ for the masses and industry is a pipe dream for some, a stealth wealth redistribution for others, and a money losing environmental disaster for all.

  9. Gamecock permalink
    April 26, 2020 2:52 pm

    “Merkel’s MEPs Say ‘It’s No Longer Viable’”

    I see what they did there. It was never viable.

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