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Self Denial
Berlin Buries Shale Dreams with Indefinite Fracking Ban
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  • Frank Natoli

    When the Germans do anything, ANYTHING, they do it to the absolute extreme, and this is simply one more example. Shale can only produce carbon fuels. Greens don’t want carbon combustion. End of discussion.

  • Fat_Man

    “The true potential of that wealth of domestic hydrocarbons might never be realized” Never say never. When the Muslims take over Germany, things will change.

    • Andrew Allison

      Throw another Christian on the fire?

    • Jim__L

      I think that people are waking up. We’ll see street fighting and mass deportations before we see them “take over”.

  • Andrew Allison

    Isn’t it up to the German people to decide whether or not they want to pay sky-high prices for electricity while increasing CO2 emissions by burning lignite?

  • christophergreen

    After all of these years, the Germans have decided that the World War II Morgenthau plan was a good idea and they are now imposing it on themselves.

  • CaliforniaStark

    Despite all the talk of renewable energy, the real energy battle taking place in most the world is between coal and natural gas.

    In the U.S. natural gas is winning, and rapidly replacing coal as the primary electricity source. In Germany the coal industry is all powerful, and is successfully stamping out any attempt to establish a domestic natural gas industry. Germans do not care that huge open pit coal mines swallow whole villages as they expand; but the illusory fear that the water table can somehow be polluted by fracking activity taking place several thousand feet below has them horrified.

  • rheddles

    EUrope is committing suicide by a thousand cuts. This is just another slash. Alsalamu alaykum.

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  • Blackbeard

    I’m delighted with this decision, albeit it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Remember, Obama recently said that the Earth would soon become uninhabitable unless we stop using fossil fuels and stop soon. Obama wouldn’t exaggerate would he? That being the case, immediate emergency action is called for, not the mealy mouthed half-hearted platitudes of the Paris accord. For example:

    1. Production of fossil-fueled vehicles of any kind (gas or diesel, passenger or commercial) needs to cease as of 2020. Given that cars can last upwards of 20 years we need to stop production soon so that they will all be off the roads by 2040.
    2. Construction of any private house, commercial structure or factory heated by or otherwise using fossil fuels must be banned by 2020. Only electric heat will be permitted and the existing housing stock will have to be converted.
    3. All fossil fuel power plants, including all forms of coal, natgas, and oil must be closed.
    4. All nuclear power plants must be closed. This may seem contradictory since nuclear is our largest form of carbon-free energy but nuclear is too scary and anyway is unneeded as wind and solar will be fine. People just need to get over the idea that they should have abundant cheap electricity 24/7.
    5. Ditto for hydropower.

    I could go on but you get the idea. Lenin is supposed to have said once, “The worse the better,” meaning that, if your goal is worldwide revolution then the worse social conditions become the more likely revolution is. So let the people see, before it is too late, what the Greens have in mind for them. Perhaps then they will wake up, although I doubt it.

    And let Europe lead the way.

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