Germany Plans Boom in Coal-Fired Power Plants


Editor: I originally posted this article last year,  I think it’s time to re-post it.

The govt. of Ontario, the wind industry and the likes of David Suzuki , Al Gore (and now Obama) are forever ranting on about how we should follow Germany and Denmark.

We must build wind farms and we must close the “evil” coal plants or face the wrath of the “carbon bogey man.”

Both Germany and Denmark have far higher emission levels than Canada and their electricity costs are much higher than ours.Compare the numbers

So – why would our govt. want to follow their example. The IEA ( the internationalization of energy via the UN) The best people to ask would be Maurice Strong and David Suzuki.

Maurice Strong is hiding out in China, so why not send Suzuki a letter or give him a call. Strong is an honorary board member of the Suzuki Foundation and Strong got Suzuki’s daughter a job with the UN.

Follow the connection between Al Gore and Maurice Strong


The Importance of Large Hydro, Clean Coal and Nuclear Technologies within a Future Framework on Climate Change

to generate a high volume of CO2 credits and revenue so as to be financially attractive.

Once accomplished, the building of large coal plants, nuclear and large scale hydro projects will begin.

Germany has already built the wind farms and are now building the coal plants.

This is all about “the new carbon economy” where you will be forced to pay taxes on C02 – a harmless gas.

How big is the scam?

Enbridge wind farm Kincardine

Enbridge wind farm Kincardine

HUGE!

Germany Plans Boom in Coal-Fired Power Plants — Despite High Emissions

By Roland Nelles

03/21/2007

Everyone in Germany is talking about climate protection — everyone, that is, except for energy companies. They’re planning to build dozens of new coal-fired power plants — with the support of the governing coalition in Berlin.

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Coal-fired power plants produce a lot of CO2. Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to reduce emissions but is supporting the building of more power plants.

The environment certainly seems to be in safe hands at the German chancellery in central Berlin, located next to the leafy Tiergarten park. Global warming and climate change is German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s current favorite topic.

Business opportunities

But the new plants are a big business opportunity for Germany’s four major energy providers, Vattenfall, RWE, E.on and EnBW. Coal imports from South Africa or Poland are relatively cheap and can be used to produce electricity and heat at a high profit. In this way, the companies intend to secure their dominant position on the German market for decades to come.

And German politicians are explicitly encouraging them to do so. Both Merkel and Gabriel have an interest in the power plant construction boom.

For Merkel, the case is clear-cut: New power plants will secure thousands of jobs in Germany. The projects resemble a giant program for the stimulation of the economy. The power plant operators plan to invest more than €30 billion ($40 billion) in construction and infrastructure.

Jobs are also a strong motivation for Gabriel and the SPD. Workers in the energy sector, who are members of the powerful trade unions for mining, chemistry, energy and services, are traditionally SPD voters. The party doesn’t want to make political decisions that hurt their interests. Energy security is another argument Gabriel and his colleagues like to invoke: Germany must not become dependent on Russian natural gas, they say.

But something else is even more important for the Social Democrats. They want the planned power plants to help bridge the electricity gap that will inevitably arise in coming years due to the phasing out of nuclear energy. Germany’s previous governing coalition between the SPD and the Green Party decided in 2001 that Germany would abandon nuclear energy — and Gabriel and his colleagues will not allow the decision to be reversed. If the SPD were to question the construction of new coal-fired power plants, it would inevitably have to rethink its schedule for closing down Germany’s nuclear power plants.

Political support

And so German energy companies can plan and construct their new high-emission facilities with the support of politicians. Giant plants are to be built across Germany, from North Rhine-Westphalia, the Saarland, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein to Baden-Württemberg.

A total of 12 plants are being planned or built in North Rhine-Westphalia alone.

The coal business is also booming in former East Germany, where brown coal or lignite is traditionally extracted in open pit mines. Saxony-Anhalt alone is thought to have reserves in the order of 10.9 billion tons. Merkel has explicitly encouraged energy companies to invest in coal-burning: “Germany has considerable natural resources in the form of brown coal which we shouldn’t downplay,” she told an audience of businesspeople last year.

Full article here

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