Angela Merkel Fires Germanys Environment Minister
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fired her Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen for being Green and believing that renewables can power an industrial economy like Germany.
Merkel is a very astute politician and determined to hang on to power, Germany has often been quoted by the ecomentalists as leading the Green
transition disaster in Europe, which is exactly what Merkel wanted people to believe.
The reality is different Merkel wanted to pay political lip service to the Green Dream while in reality, doing as little as possible, so chosing an ardent Green ecomentalist was a rare mistake for Merkel.
Norbert Röttgen, Angela Merkel’s Environment Minister, was – until a few hours ago – the face of Germany’s green energy transition. He aligned himself with a goal which can be stated politically, but which cannot be reached technically. His sacking was therefore inevitable. He is the first political victim of the green energy transition – he will almost certainly not be the last.
An almost unthinkable event, a politically correct Green zealot has been fired for being a politically correct Green zealot, other Green politicians take note, destroying a country’s energy supply because of personal religious beliefs in the Church of Climatology is no longer acceptable.
The cause for his sacking is the looming failure of the green energy transition. Angela Merkel’s statement is quite clear if one is able to translate political language. She said:
“The energy transition is a central project of this legislative period. The foundations have been laid but we still have quite bit of work ahead of us. [...] It is obvious that the implementation of energy policy still requires great efforts.”
In other words, we have achieved nothing and it is unclear how we can achieve anything.
The usual Green disaster when political and religious ideology override economic and common sense, billions wasted lining the pockets of a few, while jobs are lost and millions of people are pushed into energy poverty.
For the Chancellor, the green energy transition is probably not something that she does out of conviction. She has just – as so often –adopted a policy in order to neutralize it, to give her opponents no point of attack, no room for distinction and no potential for mobilization. As part of this political tactic, she initially scheduled the nuclear phase-out for 2040, far enough into the future in order not to do anything significant today. After Fukushima, however, she brought the date forward by 18 years, not for technical reasons, but solely in order to maintain power. So she closed down a couple of old, inefficient plants so that folks did not start demonstrating and voting for the Green Party. What she needed was a minister who followed this plan in a way that was politically communicable but would not lead to major upheavals in practice.
Merkel certainly will not be making the same mistake with the new Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, a politician cast in the same mould as Merkel, Altmaier helped develop the tactics that Merkel uses to stay in power.
So where does Altmaier stand on the Green energy transition?
• Life extension of nuclear power plants: Yes
• Levy on profits from nuclear plant life extension: yes
• Faster reduction of the green feed-in subsidy: Yes
• Reductions in solar subsidies: Yes
• Immediate shutdown of old nuclear power plants: No
At last an Environment minister who puts the needs of his country ahead of being politically correct and Green on the world stage.
Posted on May 17, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Green Jobs Lie, Green Lies, Green Taxation, Renewables and tagged Angela Merkel, Germany, Green transition, Norbert Röttgen. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.