Climate Roundup: Progress and regression in Germany

Opening a new coal-fired power station.  The 1,050 MW  plant has cost 1.5 billion euros. It was granted an exemption from the plan to exit coal power by 2038 after the company argued that it made sense to shut old capacity with high CO2 emissions to clear the way for the state-of-the-art plant to operate into the 2030s.

And cracking down on dissent. Naomi Seibt facing prison. Here she is talking to Rowan Dean.

German car manufacturers demand support for fossil-fueled cars. And thanks to Asia coal is still king worldwide.

Check out all these stories and others at the Global Warming Policy Forum.

Pros and cons of dams. The costs and benefits of retiring old dams no longer in use for hydro power.   A map of dam failures with fatalities in the US since 1850.

Planet of the Humans can be found here. 

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6 Responses to Climate Roundup: Progress and regression in Germany

  1. billie

    new coal fired power station, and there you had the ABC earlier this year carrying on about how Germany was shutting down underground coal mines – well duh, since this is so big they need access to an open cut mine!

    the way the ABC pitched it though, it was like Germany was getting out of coal .. as you’d expect with the usual misdirection by omission

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    And cracking down on dissent. Naomi Seibt facing prison.

    Germany likes to go fascist every now and then.
    Looks like the 2020’s are the latest episode.
    Ve are the master race, you must kowtow to Aryanism Gaia!

  3. John A

    Bruce of Newcastle #3471906, posted on June 2, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    And cracking down on dissent. Naomi Seibt facing prison.

    Germany likes to go fascist every now and then.
    Looks like the 2020s are the latest episode.
    Ve are the master race, you must kowtow to Aryanism Gaia!

    As I posted elsewhere today, from Douglas Adams (H2G2 Fit the Twelfth):

    Chapter 28
    The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
    To summarise: it is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarise the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarise the summary of the summary: people are a problem

    It’s not an exclusively German problem.

  4. IainC

    2037 – sell the 18 year old plant for no much to a neighbour (probably Poland) without the idiotic noCO2 promise, the last coal plant is then off the German books, and the new owners will then operate it and resell power back into the German grid. Problem solved.

  5. Nob

    It’s worth a look on Uniper’s website to see their power plants in Germany.
    https://www.uniper.energy/power-generation/countries/german

    A mix of “hard coal”, lignite and hydro mostly.

    One coal one , at Kiel, was decommissioned last year so Datteln is like an upgrade I guess. Not too far from where Frau Seibt lives in Münster.

    In Sweden, they run several gas and even a heavy oil power plant.
    https://www.uniper.energy/company/locations/sweden

    Holland, gas.
    https://www.uniper.energy/power-generation/countries/netherlands

    And even …

    In 2016 we added to these assets a new coal-fired generating unit at our power station in Rotterdam’s harbor district.

    By the way, Wikipedia’s page on Nami Siebt is nothing but an attack site and should be taken down.

  6. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Nob, I wonder what de Smog have put up on her, that is a major attack site but quite well researched if you want to check cvs!

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