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

Germany climate green energy heating law protests

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“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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