Since the ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court on stricter and more specific rules on "climate protection" after 2030, the parties have been overturning proposals that are even more stringent than the Paris Agreement in advance obedience. Above all, the federal government itself exceeds some of the demands of the Greens. Not for the sake of so-called “climate protection”, but to take all arrows out of the quiver of anti-car arguments for the Greens in the federal election campaign.
This is still understandable. It is incomprehensible that the German car manufacturers hold back so "loudly" with criticizing the anti-car plans of the rulers. The President of the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Hildegard Müller, says with gentlemanly reluctance: "New climate targets - now Germany must also become the frontrunner in infrastructure and investments." That is welcome, but by no means sufficient.
Is the auto industry being sacrificed for “saving the climate”?
When everyone is referring to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, nobody is talking about the details. As the green Fridays-for-future icon Luisa Neubauer repeatedly claims that Germany has more obligations, that is a sheer twist of the facts. Everyone keeps the fact that, for example, the greatest CO2- According to the Paris Agreement, China will be the emitter for CO by 20302 may still grow! The fact that there are currently around 1100 coal-fired power plants in planning or under construction is not even discussed. And in a few years' time we will hypocritically wonder if China has become the leading industrial nation while our industry has been sacrificed on the altar of "saving the climate". Green politics is obviously narrow-mindedly limited to Germany, not even EU countries are criticized as harshly as Germany, which have nuclear power and continue to generate coal power.
VDA President calls new legislative procedure "hasty"
For political reasons, the VDA does not dare to articulate such hard facts. Here again the difficult role of the VDA becomes clear, which has to represent automakers with different strategies and suppliers at the same time and does not want to annoy the government either. There is little criticism from the car manufacturers of the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court, whose president and chairman of the 1st Senate was deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group until 2018 and was always within the ideological call of the Chancellor, who has been fishing in deep green waters for a long time. The VDA president becomes clear at one point: “The Climate Protection Act will have a noticeable effect on all areas of the economy and society - including employees and consumers. For the social consequences there are by the legislator in this hasty Legislative procedure inadequate impact assessment. Climate protection is a key challenge, also for industry. We expressly support the Paris climate protection goals and are therefore committed to promoting climate protection with considerable innovations and investments. We are responsible for the climate, but also for the employees and their families. Real sustainability takes the various concerns into account. The transformation must therefore also be shaped socially. "
Germany is "European champion in electromobility", but the VDA President also says: "But Germany is already building far too few new charging stations and fossil-free electricity in the charging network is not yet foreseeable." Hildegard Müller not only demands more charging options, but also "Faster use of hydrogen and e-fuels". VW boss Diess will not be happy to hear that, who considers possible fuel alternatives in addition to battery power to be unrealistic and relies solely on electric drives with batteries and expects this one-sidedness from the federal government. Technological openness seems to have prevailed for reasons of reason, even if the Greens continue to tolerate nothing else besides battery cars in their technology ignorance.
Even climate change warner Prof. Lesch thinks nothing of the electric car
If various studies have already shown that there cannot be an electrically powered Germany from sun and wind alone, unfortunately no one hears a word from the car manufacturers and the VDA that electricity will not only become scarce, but blackouts are programmed.
Of all people, Prof. Harald Lesch, who never skips a talk show to warn of climate change, does not believe in electric cars and actually railed against e-mobility. See also here: youtube.com/watch?v=t9FuDh0w8UY. Anyway: The car manufacturers and thus also the VDA would have to say much more clearly that electromobility cannot work on a broad scale and that the naive demands of the left-green climate apologists are only one goal have: to drastically limit individual mobility. Whether Euro 7 or diesel bashing, the car manufacturers are keeping quiet, but at the same time are happy that their combustion engines are so popular all over the world and are pouring money into the coffers. The middle ground taken with plug-in hybrids is playing an increasingly important role, but it is also an expression of cheating covered by EU and federal policy. The stated consumption values are so next to reality that in comparison the VW exhaust gas fraud shrinks to ridiculousness.
Is the e-boom already subsiding again?
If a 400 PS SUV can officially be specified as a plug-in with a consumption of two liters, that becomes abundantly clear. It is no secret that the majority of plug-in owners rarely or rarely charge their batteries. It is physically logical that your vehicles are economical thanks to recuperation. When Toyota launched the Prius as a hybrid in 1997, it was loudly ridiculed by German car managers. Nobody smiles anymore. But everyone knows that combustion - fossil or synthetic - will keep us moving for a long time to come. In every relationship. But hardly anyone dares to really say it out loud.
Driven by VW boss Herbert Diess, the entire industry now seems to be banking on e-mobility with batteries. The marketing man from a premium manufacturer from the south is skeptical: “We are making every effort to sell e-vehicles. The trend is towards plug-ins, the boom for battery-powered cars is fading and combustion engines seem to be as popular again as before. The electric car will not become a mass product for a long time as long as the customers are not compulsorily obliged, which is not absurd with a green chancellor. "