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Thanks to 'eco' Angela Merkel, Germany is now the biggest coal user and CO2 polluter in Europe

Updated: Mar 9

Angela Merkel is the perfect example of how a “green” leader can cause its country to rely of the most polluting energy source available. Decades before, Germany used to get more than 25% of its energy from nuclear plants, which produced zero CO2 emissions. But instead of increasing zero emissions nuclear energy, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on 30 May 2011, that Germany's 17 nuclear power stations will be shut down by 2022, in a policy reversal following Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

This meant that Germany would have to generate its electricity from other sources. The German government promised that this would come from “green” and “renewable” sources. The German government did substantially increased their energy from green sources like wind farms, which now account for around 25% of Germany's energy production, however, that proved not to be enough. Fast forward to 2021. Germany, as well as the rest of Europe, are dealing with an energy crisis which is the result of unreliable green (mostly wind) energy. Lack of winds causes lack of energy to be produced by wind farms In Germany and all over Europe. In today's Germany, “green” and “renewable” energy producers can't meet the demand that was caused by the loss of nuclear power. So what does Merkel and Germany's gov do? They turned to coal. Coal, in case people didn't know, produces more pollution than any other energy source. In 2021 coal is now the largest source of energy in the country.

Fast forward to 2023. The explosion of the Nordstream pipelines forced Germany to rely even more on coal. Germany's dependence on coal-fired power generation has increased by 8.4 percent to 33.3 percent in 2022, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Germany has now a whopping 68 coal power plants working right now, the highest in Europe, and Germany generated 759 million tons of CO2 just in 2021 alone, again, the highest in Europe. And yet the Merkel/Green inherited insanity doesn't stop there, it lives on in Germany's present day government where the Greens are a key coalition partner. The present German Chancellor, Olaf Schulz, has ordered that Germany's last three nuclear power plants generating carbon-free energy will be shut down by mid-April this year, leaving Germany almost completely reliant on coal as their main power supply.

So in today's Germany the largest source of power is the one that causes the most pollution, while the energy source that provided zero CO2 emissions has been all but removed by the “green” and “eco friendly” German government, once headed by Angela Merkel and today by Olaf Scholz. It is also important to note that it is the same Merkel, and "Green" parties have in past years criticized many times over other Europen countries for burning coal, and for not being "eco friendly" and "green" enough. (article updated on 09/03/2023)

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