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Germans Will Pay Even More for Green Power Next Year
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  • rheddles

    The greater cost for Germany will be that over the long run higher energy prices will induce manufacturers to locate new facilities in low cost energy locations. That will really hurt the poor when they can’t get a job.

    • Kevin

      Large manufacturers are being shielded from the costs – as I understand it.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Of course they will….only the little guys (who in fairness are stupid enough to keep voting to keep these fools in power) will shoulder the burden. The large manufacturers are ‘too big to fail’ (or too big to be pissed off), and thus immune.

      • Andrew Allison

        Large manufacturers are exempted from the surcharges.

  • Proud Skeptic

    I feel a little bit of kinship with the German people. Three years ago I converted my home in RI to a wood pellet boiler from heating oil. Shortly after, the price of oil plunged. Instead of saving almost $1000 a year in fuel, it is costing about that much as a premium. Hey…ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances. At least it was just me making a decision with my own money.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Bravo to you! I am not sure that I agree with your choice (I would have gone the natgas route, but that is a minor quibble), but your adult response to the outcome is one that is all too often absent from the discussions that one sees today.

      • Proud Skeptic

        There is no natural gas where I live.

  • f1b0nacc1

    Virtue signaling is expensive

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Germany can’t remain the strongest economy in Europe when they are paying more for energy than everyone else. Modern Civilization is built on the energy which replaced muscle power, so from a logistical view the nation with the cheapest energy costs (America) has an advantage. Other costs like Government, Socialism, Regulation, Culture, etc… can change the equation. For example: Saudi Arabia has cheap energy, but Islamic Culture makes the nation uncompetitive, uncreative, and unmotivated. But for Germany, its other European competitors are mostly alike, and Germany’s higher energy costs will eventually cost it its position as strongest economy in Europe.

  • Hang on a second, the bill increase is 22 euros per year, or 286 euros including a 19% VAT? That doesn’t seem right. Is it 22 euros a month more, or 286 euros a year including the tax?

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