The Electric Commentary

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Twisting and turning, you're feeling the burning,

You're breakin' the Kyoto Treaty:

Since 1990, Germany has cut its emissions by 17.5 per cent, more than any other country in the European Union. Its Kyoto target is a 21 per cent cut, but on 28 June the environment ministry revealed that it would only require a further 0.6 per cent cut from its major industrial emitters between now and 2010. To make matters worse, it exempted new power plants from any limits until 2022. The government says it will make up the difference by encouraging German motorists, who are now allowed to drive on some highways at unlimited speeds, to drive more slowly.

Okay, show of hands. Who thinks that the government will be successful in slowing down motorists? Or will they actually enforce speed limits?

What's really important here is that Germany (and the UK) was picking up the slack for much of the rest of Europe, which can ill afford such draconian measures. Even though Germany's progress still looks good on paper, they are Europe's largest polluter by a substantial margin and a small failure in Germany undoes much of the work of Europe's other nations.


  • According to a recent Discovery Channel program, about 40% of the Autobahn now has a speed limit due to higher traffic and urban sprawl, etc. I have no reason to doubt the Discovery Channel.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 11:18 AM  

  • i'm sure they'll arbitrarily, selectively, and prejudiciously enforce the new speed limits... just like in the US... awesome.

    By Blogger ahren, at 3:51 PM  

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