Germany to EU: Stuff Your Auto Emissions Standards
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  • S.C. Schwarz

    “no country will willingly fall on its sword to save the planet”

    Isn’t that what Obama just did?

    • f1b0nacc1

      While it is likely that he doesn’t understand this, Obama is NOT the US…

  • Ilma

    What all the EU bureaucrats fail to understand is that energy is at the root of economic prosperity, and ONLY economically prosperous nations work to better the environment. The drive to hurt industry by these obsessive CO2 regulations, not just for car mfrs but also in driving up energy prices, will have a negative environmental impact, not a positive one.

    The point SC Schwaz made about Obama is apt, as even though he’s US and not EU, he has just committed economic suicide, assuming he pushes through all the objectives he made in this week’s speech. Merkel is conscious that Germany cannot afford to tread that same path.

    • bigfire

      Environmentalist will embrace any alternative energy plan, except the ones that works. That takes true faith.

      • bpuharic

        Those of us who grew up near Donora, PA, however, give environmentalism a bit more latitude.

        • Lyle7

          Who isn’t an environmentalist?

          The problem is you have to have something that replaces as our current fossil fuel based global economy with something else that doesn’t impoverish mankind. And you know that an impoverished mankind can’t do jack about the environment.

  • Atanu Maulik

    When push comes to shove, green faithful are ditching their green gods very quickly. Their faith seems pretty weak.

    • Corlyss

      That’s only the fellow travelers. The confirmed climatereligion crazies still have their hands on the policy-making institutions in Europe and will not go till you pry their cold dead hands off and drive a stake thru their tiny tyrannical hearts.

  • bpuharic

    “Germany is cementing its leadership role…on the back of solid economic performance”.

    And its 30% unionized workforce. Funny how often that gets missed.

    • Corlyss

      Don’t worry. It won’t last. In 50 years unions there and here will be as rare as buggy whip factors are today.

      • bpuharic

        Sorry, it’ll go the other way. Africans and Asians will have learned the rapacious ways of the 1% and will have formed unions of their own.

    • Lyle7

      30%… I wonder if that number is higher or lower than it used to be.

      • bpuharic

        It’s 400% higher than the US. Pretty dramatic test of the failure of right wing economics that unions are always bad.

  • Corlyss

    Since Germany is EU’s lender of first resort, too bad they can’t leverage that to endorse fracking.

  • Lyle7

    Germany won’t scheisse on their auto industry, but they will scheisse on their nuclear industry so that they have to import more fossil fuels from Russia.

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