NYT: Even Europe “seems to be hitting its environmentalist limits”

posted at 2:01 pm on January 23, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Faced with electricity prices at least twice as expensive as those in the United States’ and the subsequently combined crises of business uncompetitiveness and ongoing economic lethargy, Europe has been considering a retrenchment on their once-grand climate-change ambitions for some months now — and it looks like they’ve finally hammered out a definite approach. They’re framing it as more of an acknowledgement of economic reality than a backtrack, and insist that they still have very tangible goals to which they’re determinedly sticking… but environmentalist groups are nevertheless most displeased by the announcements. Via the NYT:

On Wednesday, the European Union proposed an end to binding national targets for renewable energy production after 2020. Instead, it substituted an overall European goal that is likely to be much harder to enforce.

It also decided against proposing laws on environmental damage and safety during the extraction of shale gas by a controversial drilling process known as fracking. It opted instead for a series of minimum principles it said it would monitor.

Europe pressed ahead on other fronts, aiming for a cut of 40 percent in Europe’s carbon emissions by 2030, double the current target of 20 percent by 2020. Officials said the new proposals were not evidence of diminished commitment to environmental discipline but reflected the complicated reality of bringing the 28 countries of the European Union together behind a policy. …

Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, described the proposals as “totally inadequate” and “off the radar of what climate science tells us to do in Europe to avoid climate catastrophe.” …

José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, defended the new proposals as a hard-fought compromise and proof that it “is possible to make a marriage between industry and climate action.”

The European Commission’s proposals still have to be approved by the European Parliament and member states, but with what’s been happening in Germany and what was supposed to be their Energiewende revolution, I think we’re looking at a very probable climbdown from their erstwhile cost-defying loftiness.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday urged her cabinet to stop bickering and join her in backing Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s plan to reduce financial support for renewable energy when the ministers discuss policies for the coming year at a closed-door meeting.

Germany is struggling with rising energy costs as it phases out nuclear power and tries to shift to more renewable energy.

In a bid to stem these rising costs in the coming years, Mr. Gabriel has proposed cutting the average subsidy for wind, solar and other renewable power sources.

German and European utilities complain their profits have plunged because subsidized renewables are displacing their conventional power plants, which are still needed as backups.


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The Environmentalist Whackos have no clothes. In more ways than one.

Myron Falwell on January 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Friends of the Earth, an environmental group,

The Earth hates them … with a passion.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Waiting to see if the EU starts showing “sand pile” criticality effect across all of their economies.

“Sand pile” criticality effects are when a system (actually modeled in sand piles) is continually forced to higher levels of loading until larger and larger parts of the system start downward cascading effects.

In this case, forcing energy costs far beyond market pricing has caused adjacent detioration in the stability of other parts of their economies.

Spock would say, “Fascinating.”

For the people of the EU, more of a multi-generational catastrophe courtesy of their politicians and Central bankers.

The approach to criticality in sandpiles – PDF

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

So even the Europeans are starting to figure out it’s nothing but a big scam.

dentarthurdent on January 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Europe has been considering a retrenchment on their once-grand climate-change ambitions

You know who doesn’t buy the global warming er climate change propaganda? Meteorologists. Greater than 50% of Meteorologists don’t buy the AGW scam: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/26/poll-nearly-half-of-meteorologists-dont-believe-in-man-made-global-warming/

Meteorologists are systemically excluded from any of the warmist led surveys of the supposed consensus on AGW.

anotherJoe on January 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Very cool – and fascinating.
I learn something new every day here…

dentarthurdent on January 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

But think of Gaia…she is crying. /s

Oil Can on January 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I know my State Hawaii is about to commit economic suicide with these silly goals. And the only viable alternatives, hydro and geothermal, are blocked by the ‘environmentalists’ of course.

pat on January 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

BIG ECO-SCAM

is in deep financial trouble, the whole world is fresh out of crying and sniveling for Chicken Little

Not to worry for Al Gore however, he’s got HIS !!

BigSven on January 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

anotherJoe on January 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Not surprised. My Dad was a career meteorologist / weather observer in the National Weather Service (under NOAA) – and he had no respect for weather forecasters, let alone climate forecasters….

dentarthurdent on January 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

4 Quotes from this country’s “chief” climate fear monger, John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar:
“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States… [we] must design a stable, low-consumption economy.” -John Holdren
“[the UN will become] a comprehensive Planetary Regime which controls the .. distribution of all natural resources.. and all food on the international market.” -John Holdren
“It has been concluded that..laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution.” -John Holdren
“A program of sterilizing women after their second or third child, despite the relatively greater difficulty of the operation than vasectomy, might be [required]… The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission [from the eco-elites].” -John Holdren

anotherJoe on January 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Gore contemplating how to market his cooling credits…

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

An interesting point about the quote from Obama’s Science Czar where he said that a “massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States” is that he said that way back in 1973, way before there was any global warming scare. In fact, Holdren at the time was harping about how we need to de-industrialize to stop global cooling: http://www.climatedepot.com/2014/01/08/flashback-john-holdren-in-1971-new-ice-age-likely/
The point, these leftists have been pushing for draconian cut backs in industrialization since the ’60s, it had nothing to do with global warming.
“Isn’t the only hope for this planet the total collapse of industrial civilisation? Is it not our responsibility to ensure that this collapse happens?” -Maurice Strong, ex UNEP Director
Maurice Strong is considered by many to be the “father” of the global warming scare. Read his words above.

anotherJoe on January 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

With this…

“…combined crises of business uncompetitiveness and ongoing economic lethargy”

I think they will get this…

“…aiming for a cut of 40 percent in Europe’s carbon emissions by 2030.”

…without any additional effort.

Tsar of Earth on January 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

“…discuss policies for the coming year at a closed-door meeting.”

Is it just me or does it seem there’s lots of closed-door meetings going on around the world by those that govern us?

Tsar of Earth on January 23, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Naw naw naw, let it go further and let them own the consequences of going green in a draconian fashion.

jake49 on January 23, 2014 at 3:15 PM

If the environazis REALLY want to help the planet, perhaps we should move all that lost industry from China back to the U.S.

I know… I know… but the POLLUTION!

Hey, I would rather have it here where the U.S. makes SOME attempt at building cleaner production facilities vs. a place where cleaning up doesn’t matter whatsoever.

In other words: I blame all Mother Gaia’s current horrific pollution issues on the environmentalists.

Turtle317 on January 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Europe is running out of OPM.

Another Drew on January 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

If you want a glimpse into the mind of an enviro-nut, check out the deposition of that EPA official who basically faked his job for years. By page 21 he’s already babbling about trying to “modify the DNA of the capitalist system” under Mother Nature’s orders or whatever. To be honest, I wish more of these people did fake their jobs.

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Beale-Deposition.pdf

JeremiahJohnson on January 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

In other words: I blame all Mother Gaia’s current horrific pollution issues on the environmentalists.

Seeing as how most Enviro’s are old Marxists* who never complained about the environmental degradation’s found in Eastern Europe and Asia after the collapse of the USSR, it is a valid accusation.

*or, as Jeanne Kirkpatrick called them: The Blame America First Chorus.

Another Drew on January 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I live in Europe, Germany to be specific. The energy costs here are insane. Pretty much everything, except beer and wine (yay!), is way more expensive than in the US. And the people here are so brainwashed about the environment it is actually funny. I had a random lady pound on my the hood of my car the other day because I did not turn off my engine while I waited for about a minute for my husband to get in the car. I just smiled and told her I didn’t speak German and that really enraged her! People here just live in a freezing house in the winter because they can’t afford to pay the crazy costs. Of course, it’s the poor and middle class that take the brunt of it. And I have to reeducate my children when they get home from school after all of the simplistic propaganda they are fed at school everyday.

ktrich on January 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Germany is struggling with rising energy costs as it phases out nuclear power and tries to shift to more renewable energy.

In a bid to stem these rising costs in the coming years, Mr. Gabriel has proposed cutting the average subsidy for wind, solar and other renewable power sources.

If the Greens are so worried about “climate change”, why would Germany “phase out nuclear power”, which is extremely efficient and does not emit carbon dioxide? Nuclear power plants have higher capital costs than fossil-fuel plants, but lower operating costs.

France has willingly gone along with European CO2 reduction targets, which have little effect on France because it gets about 80% of its electricity from nuclear power plants, and much of the rest from hydroelectric from snowmelt in the Alps. And, by the way, they bury their nuclear wastes in Germany.

What Germany should do is increase their production of nuclear energy and bury the wastes in France!

Steve Z on January 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, described the proposals as “totally inadequate” and “off the radar of what climate science tells us to do in Europe to avoid climate catastrophe.” …

Translation;

You are betraying Holy Mother Gaia!

Civilization will only be damaged!

Civilization must be DESTROYED!!

ALL HUMANS MUST DIE!!!!

(except for our own perfect selves, of course!)

All in a falsetto shriek approaching levels only dogs can hear. Bolded bits reaching hypersonic levels detectable only by a 688′s passive arrays.

“Friends of the Earth” are no friends of humanity, and are proud of that fact.

If I were ever to seriously believe that there were in fact hostile aliens here on Earth (as in the old TV series The Invaders), the deep-eco crowd, and especially FOE (note their acronym) would be my “prime suspects”.

There is apparently absolutely nothing about the human race which they do not reflexively loathe.

Nietzsche would be so proud of them.

So would Hanns Hörbiger, for that matter.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Well get rid of the lottery system and just sell tags over the counter. Duh.

WryTrvllr on January 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Stop burning coal for power!
Burn environmentalists, instead.

But make them talk into a heating duct for an hour or two, first: Why waste all that hot air?

orangemtl on January 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM