Germany is Failing

Germany is Failing

Germany has probably been the most aggressive country in the world in its efforts to cut CO2 emissions.

Now it is admitting it won’t be able to achieve its targets.

In June 2018, the Government conceded that the country is on course to widely miss its 2020 target. The record indicates it will miss all its targets, including for 2040 and 2050.

The country has inflicted economic pain on its citizens and on its industries in its efforts to cut CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

This chart shows how each sector has progressed in efforts to cut GHG emissions.

Germany freely admits that the fall of East Germany resulted in a large reduction in CO2 emissions. 

East German CO2 emissions fell by 100 MT, which represented approximately 25% of total CO2 reductions of the combined Germany’s from 1990 to 2018.

Quoting from the German publication, Climate Energy Wire:

“Germany was given a head start in 1990 when, following the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification, the decline of the East German industrial and power sectors meant automatic CO2 reductions (so-called ‘wall fall profits’).”

The transport sector has made virtually no progress in cutting CO2 emission, but even without the transport sector, it’s obvious Germany will miss its targets.

Germany has spent billions on its energiewende program, and forced its citizens to incur large costs, such as paying 4 times more for electricity than what Americans pay. And yet, it will fail to achieve even modest targets of 20% or 30% cuts in CO2 emissions.

Germany is proving what has been obvious all along: It’s impossible to cut CO2 emissions by 80% … or 100% as the Green New Deal promotes.

Squandering money on wind energy or on solar energy is a fool’s errand.

Americans can learn from Germany’s experience, if they will look at the facts.

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5 Replies to “Germany is Failing”

  1. Germany increased CO2 emissions by 44 million tons/year by closing 7 emissions-free nuclear plants that generated 48 TWh per year.

    • Thanks for your comment.
      Germany plans to close all their nuclear power plants which makes it even harder to meet its CO2 reduction targets. Pure insanity.

  2. An important question is whether other nations will learn from Germany’s experience, or will they blindly follow it, expecting different results. For many, it probably will be the latter.

    • Good question. I’m afraid you may be right. However, the more people who learn that Germany is failing, the more we might be able to forestall the problem here.