Just where this policy is leading us, as I predicted five years ago, can be seen by looking at the one country still ahead of us in the rush for the cliff edge. A long article in Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business journal, paints a devastating picture of the chaos now resulting from its pursuit of a “green” energy policy remarkably similar to our own (except that, post-Fukushima, their 17 nuclear power stations have been closing down even faster than ours).
Already 77 nuclear and fossil-fuel plants have closed. Their largest power companies, RWE and E.On, have run up debts totalling £43 billion. And after £170 billion was poured into “green” subsidies, giving it the largest number of windmills in Europe (26,000) and causing huge problems for its grid when the wind isn’t blowing, Germany’s electricity bills have soared to the point where last year 350,000 customers were cut off because they couldn’t afford to pay.
Det er noe man kan merke seg: Det grønne samfunnet blir ikke billig og rammer de svakeste. De har ikke råd til å betale f.eks rushtidsavgift.
Men det har heller ikke industrien, som flytter ut.
Thanks to those rocketing energy costs, many of Germany’s top manufacturing firms, such as Siemens and BASF, are moving their production facilities abroad, with the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Those jobs are going not least to the US, which has energy costs less than half of Germany’s (the same effect is seen here in Britain, where our “carbon tax”, crippling energy-intensive industries such as steel, is now four times higher than anywhere else in the world).