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Germany: Thousands in Bavaria Protest ‘Climate-Friendly’ Heating Law

Germany: Thousands in Bavaria Protest ‘Climate-Friendly’ Heating Law

“According to the draft law, from 2024 onwards every new installed heating system must run on 65 percent renewable energy.”

Thousands took to the streets in the southern German city of Munich on Saturday to protest the “climate-friendly” heating law proposed by the country’s federal government. The new “green” law proposed by Germany’s socialist-led government will make heating homes unaffordable as the country suffers from recession and record-high inflation, protesters fear.

“Some 13,000 people came to Erding near Munich to demonstrate under the slogan ‘Stop the Heating Ideology’  aimed at the  heating law planned” by the federal government, German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported. The rally was addressed by Bavaria’s Christian Democratic state prime minister Markus Söder and other leading opposition leaders.

With government in Berlin pedaling a radical climate agenda, Germans may soon be forced to phase out their oil and gas heating systems, and turn to unreliable renewable energy sources to keep themselves warm in the winter. “With the Building Energy Act set for next year, [Germany’s coalition] government wants to move away from the oil and gas heating systems,” German daily Die Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. “According to the draft law, from 2024 onwards every new installed heating system must run on 65 percent renewable energy.”

Germany’s state-run DW TV reported the protest:

Some 13,000 people took to the streets in the Bavarian town of Erding in southern Germany on Saturday to protest what they called “heating ideology.”

However, it was not global warming that they were rallying against, but rather a law put forward by the Green Party — one of the members of the ruling coalition — to replace oil and gas heaters from next year.

Bavaria’s state premier Markus Söder — from the center-right Christian Social Union — also took part as the protest’s main speaker.

But a representative of the Free Democrats — the pro-business party in coalition with the Greens — was also there, highlighting the main threat to the Green-led legislation securing passage in the Bundestag, possible opposition from within the ruling coalition.

Söder took to the stage to launch his tirade against the governing coalition, but was met immediately met with boos which were attributed to supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party who had shown up.

The resistance to the climate agenda comes as Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is polling at its all-time high at 20 percent. The anti-establishment party has been spearheading the nationwide opposition to the climate policies being pushed by the European Union and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The mainstream parties are freaking out at the AfD’s emergence as the second largest party behind the Christian Democrats. “Prominent members of German mainstream parties have expressed alarm at a new poll that shows support for the far-right Alternative for Germany at a record high,” the Associated Press reported last week.

Driven by a radical climate ideology, Germany has shut down all its nuclear power plants. With cheap Russian gas and oil out of reach, the German state planners are doubling down on unreliable energy sources such as wind and solar.

The self-inflicted energy crunch has pushed Germany into a recession. “Persistent inflation has helped push Germany into recession in the first three months of the year, an upgrade to growth data shows,” the BBC reported last month. “Europe’s largest economy was also badly affected when Russian gas supplies dried up after the invasion of Ukraine, analysts said.”

High inflation and rising energy costs are driving working class Germans into poverty. In 2022, around 14 million Germans, out of the total population of 83 million, were living in poverty or were on the verge of it, country’s largest welfare organization Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband said.


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UnCivilServant | June 11, 2023 at 4:28 pm

When do these protests include acutally getting rid of the people who are imposing these plans? The road from Brussels to Berlin should have every lamppost populated with the dangling form of a politician, bureuacrat or activist.

The law will have literally zero impact on climate.

Learn to chop wood 🌲 🪓🌲

every new installed heating system must run on 65 percent renewable energy

Since Germany’s energy grid isn’t 65-percent renewable how is that supposed to work?

NavyMustang | June 11, 2023 at 6:08 pm

My wife comes from a small town between the cities of Würzburg and Schweinfurt in northern Bavaria. Between those two cities is some of the finest farmland I have ever seen. Absolutely primo. It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve been back there, but even then a lot of that land was being covered by solar panels. Oh, and the nuclear reactor near Schweinfurt was being shut down. I don’t even want to imagine what the area looks like now.

    CommoChief in reply to NavyMustang. | June 11, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Beautiful part of the country. I was stationed in Schweinfurt for several years and had an apartment in a tiny village just outside the City.

      NavyMustang in reply to CommoChief. | June 11, 2023 at 8:08 pm

      My wife grew up in Waigolshausen and Herrgolshausen. And we owned a home in Schwanfeld. One of my favorite places was in Werneck. The Residenz (iirc) where we used to attend the Mozartsfest every year. Glorious.

        CommoChief in reply to NavyMustang. | June 12, 2023 at 8:17 am

        Moved on to Div HQ in Wiesbaden after a few years. My Daughter spent early childhood early years traipsing around Europe seeing the sights but especially castles. We went back to the States she was 5 and she was disappointed to learn that the US doesn’t have castles in the same way Europe does. She did appreciate Biltmore House but not exactly a castle.

E Howard Hunt | June 11, 2023 at 7:08 pm

A great follow up to the clean diesel mandates.

You dumkopfs voted for them.

Not that we have much to say, except our “leaders” were foisted on us via vote fraud, Democrat vote fraud.

henrybowman | June 12, 2023 at 1:54 am

Years ago we used to laugh at the “southern rubes” who passed a law setting pi to 3 because that’s what the Bible said.

Now we have politicians who think they can just pass a law, and economics, physics, thermodynamics, biology, and everything else in the universe including space and time will just rush to warp itself to their will bawling, “Yes, Massa!”

And we’ve also added judges imbecilic enough to issue rulings saying that just because the law requires an impossibility doesn’t invalidate it.