Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From The Climate Policy Network

Germany’s Christian Democrats Commit Green Suicide
Welcome Back to the Dark Ages….Europe!

People who make themselves green will be gobbled up by goats. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Good quote, but I prefer this:
To be green is to be morally defective! - Rich Kozlovich

Germany’s modern populace who live in cities and no longer vote for the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) are beginning again to look for a political party they can vote for. Especially in the affluent Southwest of the Republic the conservative party is under growing threat by the green party. First the CDU lost the state election in Baden-Wuerttemberg to the Greens, and now they also lost the mayoral election in Stuttgart to the Green Party. In Germany, the electorate today is divided along these lines: those who vote for the authentic Greens, those who stay at home, and those who do not change their voting behaviour. As a result, the decline of the party of Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig Erhard will not be halted any time soon.--Günter Ederer, Fulder Zeitung, 25 October 2012

The southern German city of Stuttgart has a new mayor: Fritz Kuhn of Die Grünen. It is the first state capitol to elect a Green Party mayor and the first time in decades that the post has not gone to a candidate from Chancellor Merkel’s conservative CDU. Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Württemberg, until recently also an unassailable stronghold of Germany’s conservatives. However, in March 2011, the state elected Green Party candidate Winfried Kretschmann governor, an unheard triumph for the Green movement which typically gets around 10 percent of the vote. –Michael Rass, The World, 22 October 2012

Britain’s utilities face a 2-billion-pound ($3.2 billion) bill in 2013 from schemes to cut carbon dioxide emissions, Reuters data show, risking higher prices for consumers and more discomfort for a government anxious to keep energy costs down. Climbing environmental fees have contributed to the latest hikes, according to utilities, and these are set to soar next year when requirements under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and a domestic tax applied by the government kick in. Complying with these schemes will land a sixfold increase in costs for British utilities next year compared with 2011, according to Reuters calculations. --Susanna Twidale, Reuters, 26 October 2012

Consumers are having to bear the cost of big green subsidies. Rising bills are a guaranteed vote-loser, but the government is forging ahead with policies that make them unavoidable. --Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times, 28 October 2012

The wonders of US shale gas continue to amaze. Swathes of American industry have acquired a massive and lasting advantage in energy costs over global rivals, demolishing assumptions about US economic decline. Europe is going in the opposite direction, drifting towards energy suicide. --Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2012


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