Oooooh, this is easy

Germany’s new economy and climate protection minister has called for the nation to pull together to realise the “gigantic task” of creating a climate neutral country, saying it posed a considerable social and financial challenge as well as a big opportunity.

Introducing a broad outline of his ambitious plans to the public for the first time since entering government as part of a three-way coalition last month, the Green party’s Robert Habeck called for a threefold increase in the speed with which carbon dioxide emissions are reduced, arguing Germany faced a race against time and required a “massive national debate” to achieve the goals set out by his ministry. He said the government faced an uphill task to win many people over to the idea of a transition.

Turn the nuclear plants back on and close the lignite ones.

20 thoughts on “Oooooh, this is easy”

  1. “arguing Germany faced a race against time and required a “massive national debate” to achieve the goals set out by his ministry”.
    How about the ‘ministry’ achieves the goals set out for it by the fucking electorate? Like providing cheap electricity.

  2. Oh.. They will face a “massive national debate” when the blackouts start to happen, and they’ve made every traditional way to heat houses Verboten!…
    For the german Greens nuclear is a big No-No. They’d have to abandon their biggest “success” for that. Simply won’t do..

    And meanwhile the EU has announced that they’ll be drawing up “modern safety requirements” for new nuclear plants. So at least there’s some peeps there who have acknowledged that new plants will be built.
    Could be an attempt to regulate them to death, and you just know the EU Ecofascists will try to amend/derail the process into oblivion if they get half the chance, but it’s a thing that cannot be stopped.

    It’s going to be Interesting Times.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    Grikath,

    Interesting times indeed.

    The EU is muttering about making nuclear a “transition” energy as a way of meeting “climate targets” without the lights going out, which hasn’t gone down well with Germany’s Greens, plus those same Greens are demanding France turns its nuclear power stations off because Germany is at risk from any fallout in the event of an accident.

  4. I don’t think the Germans have enough nukes to get rid of all their lignite burners. Not even if they restarted the old Commie ones in East Germany.

    Though I’ve got to admire the Germans in a way. Despite all the Green bullshit, and attempting to bully everyone else into freezing in the dark, when it comes right down to it they still burn lots of dirty, CO2 emitting lignite. Do as I say, NEVER do as I do.

  5. When these ‘greens’, who appear to be the people who decide what the rest of us actually want or are allowed to have, stop using ANY energy sourced from fossil or nuclear, I may take the time to listen to them…… On the other hand, no I won’t

  6. Having a “Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action” is asking for trouble, as those naturally opposed areas should have, just for the sake of good government, separate ministerial representation to fight their corners. But the Germans have chosen clowns for government so it’s a combo with a Green in charge. Obviously the economy will lose, things will not end well, and there will be trouble with the Hun again. Perhaps in time for the centenary.

  7. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    If Germany with weak millennial/woke leadership could speak to past Germany with strong leadership, it would say: Hold my Bier.

  8. “Climate neutral” so they think they understand the climate? It’s not as if planet Earth has a single climate that is fully modelled and understood. Don’t they realise that changing the bit over Germany could cause a rumpus over China? Are they dangerous idiots or just total morons?

  9. “And meanwhile the EU has announced that they’ll be drawing up “modern safety requirements” for new nuclear plants. So at least there’s some peeps there who have acknowledged that new plants will be built.
    Could be an attempt to regulate them to death, and you just know the EU Ecofascists will try to amend/derail the process into oblivion if they get half the chance, but it’s a thing that cannot be stopped.”

    Heh, the first thing I thought when I read that was our own government’s attitude – “But we haven’t banned fracking – you just have keep any tremors below this impossible-to-meet threshold”

  10. Dennis, Twatty Something or Other

    Proving once again that if the Germans had common sense, they wouldn’t be Germans.

  11. The last thing he wants is a an actual national conversation. I assume he means a very carefully controlled media campaign with dissenting voices suppressed or just ruined.

  12. On an American blog I haunt I’ve got a running joke that the answer to most of the world’s problems is that you should hire machine-gunners.

    I’m beginning to wonder whether I should adopt it as a serious policy recommendation.

  13. Herr Ebalsach. Do you really believe they won’t find something in the mini fusion reactors to panic about?

  14. Fusion… Oh, that thing that’s been “10 years away from practical application” since the ’60’s?

    And Boganboy, having just read up on the latest state of research… When it comes to panic… Plenty to pick from.
    Nasty neutron and alpha production at impressive energies, serious amounts of gamma radiation, need for serious amounts of exotic materials to keep all that in check and reduce secondary radioactivity, terrestrial source of neutrinos, which we still don’t fully understand..

    Although the funniest ( and most damning) pipe dream would be that to get the amounts of deuterium and tritium we need for large scale commercial application for the most common approaches would require either not-so-“clean” breeder reactors, or “extraterrestrial sourcing, like harvesting from the atmosphere of Jupiter or Saturn.”
    And that’s stated off-handed without blinking a virtual eye… Honestly… some people…

  15. Thanks Grikath.

    I was just looking at helionenergy.com and thinking, ‘Is this finally it?’ However the company admits, ‘Not yet. Although we’re getting there.’ Though they do claim they won’t really have to import all that He3 from the moon.

  16. serious amounts of gamma radiation, needed

    Just imagine the headlines

    “Major Leak of Gamma Radiation. Population of Guildford Turns into The Hulk.”

  17. D-T fusion produces energetic neutrons, which are nasty if they escape containment and will eventually damage the container if they don’t. D-He³ fusion produces energetic protons (aka H nuclei), which are more amenable – the downside is that you need higher temperatures/densities to trigger fusion (and He³ is harder to come by).

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