By Andreas Paschke (Kalte Sonne)
A drama in several acts but in a very short time, which took place in a talk show in the ARD. Anyone who watched the Maischberg broadcast from 06.09.2022 could or had to watch how the Minister of Economic Affairs dismantled himself within a few minutes.
The world watched the show.
It is not a question of whether an economics minister is saddle-proof in insolvency law, but of fundamental deficits in the understanding of contexts.
A summer vacation of a bakery is slightly different from the forced closure due to skyrocketing energy prices.
“Maischberger does not let Habeck off the hook and asks specifically: “Do you expect a wave of insolvency at the end of this winter?” He doesn’t, Habeck replies. “I can imagine that certain industries will simply stop producing for the time being. Don’t become insolvent, but…”. Habeck breaks off the sentence and wants to digress: “At the moment I can’t even get to buy rolls, let alone have breakfast in the morning in peace.” However, he still knows that the rolls at the bakers are “about twice as expensive as those at discounters. And if prices rise relatively, then the gap increases. Shops like flower shops, health food stores, bakeries will have problems because there is a reluctance to buy.”
Then Habeck says the sentence that hardly anyone in the studio and on the TV sets should have understood, not even Sandra Maischberger, who does not let up afterwards. Habeck says: “Then the companies are not insolvent, automatically, but they may stop selling.”
In the course of the program, Habeck is then literally demonstrated, because Maischberger does what a journalist should do, she stays tuned and gives the minister a catastrophic testimony in her last sentence. Smooth talk is not enough. Maischberger has worked this out well.
“There will not automatically be a wave of insolvency,” says Habeck. ” But it may be that bakeries or craft businesses have to stop doing business this year. This is a danger, and we have to counter it.”
Maischberger still misses a plausible explanation: “So they are then broke because they can no longer work, but do not file for bankruptcy. So I think you have to think about the point again. I have the feeling that you have not yet received the right answer.”
The programme can still be seen in the ARD media library until 06.09.2023.
Who does Habeck seek advice from?
Apparently not from the network operators.
They said very clearly in the press conference that there is a problem in every scenario, and Habeck skilfully ignores it.
Maybe he also hears Claudia Kemfert.
She either did not read the result of the stress test or did not understand it. Both would be tragic but not surprising.
On Deutschlandfunk we read:
“The energy economist Claudia Kemfert considers the provision of two German nuclear power plants in a so-called emergency reserve to be unnecessary. The energy supply in Germany is secured even without nuclear power, said Kemfert of the “Rheinische Post”. Possible supply bottlenecks would not be caused by the German grid, but above all by dilapidated reactors in France.”
The industry association Kernd.de has commented on the Habeck plans.
But, salvation is approaching. According to Die Welt, the German government is seriously planning the use of floating oil power plants. A solution that is more familiar from developing countries.
“The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday that there is no replacement for the nuclear power plants of southern Germany located deep inland for the time being, so that they must remain on standby until April 2023. For the North German nuclear power plant in Lingen, there is a “less risky alternative”. For example, “additional oil power plants in the form of power plant ships, so-called ‘power barges’, could be used here in the short term,” said a spokeswoman for Federal Economics Minister Habeck.
Will the Green Party’s top candidate Christian Meyer in Lower Saxony now commission further posters?
Full of “Bye Bye Nuclear Power Plants” he could use “Hey Hey Oil Power Plants” as a slogan.
In any case, the Greens should quickly change the poster with the slogan “Sun and wind instead of oil, gas and dictators” to “sun, wind, coal, oil and wood instead of gas and dictators”.
The Greens are likely to be familiar with printing new posters. In the case of the candidate
Julia Wille, Lower Saxony became Lower Saxony. Spelling already represents an enormous challenge on the way to government power.
The picture of the Greens in terms of energy is completed by the party leader Ricarda Lang.
She said in the ARD in all seriousness that you now have to insert the turbo when loading load. Load shedding means disconnecting electricity consumers from the power grid.
So, does it already want to force the German economy to give up quickly as a preventive measure?
No, this is about something else.
Ricarda Lang simply has no knowledge in this area.
It could be that she relies on speech texts from the party headquarters, but they do not apply here and therefore she stammers confused statements into the camera.
That wouldn’t really be a bad thing if she didn’t happen to be the party leader of a party that is in government responsibility for a highly industrialized country.
The deputy parliamentary group chairman Konstatin von Notz shows us how bare the nerves are with the Greens. His party had decided to phase out nuclear power against the promise that the alternative would only cost the cost of a scoop of ice cream a month.
The copyright for the garbled energy transition lies with the Greens together with the SPD.
SchwarzGelb decided to phase out nuclear power in 2011. Then renewable energies were unscrupulously slowed down and Russian gas was used. France has 56 nuclear power plants and more drastic problems than we do. The debate about three old nuclear power plants in is a cheap diversionary maneuver.
The result of the “unscrupulously slowed down renewable energies” are 65 GW of theoretical wind power output in Germany, of which only 7.8% could be used on 07.09.2022 at 11:00.
That’s all the wind gave. For solar, the theoretical output is 62.5 GW. Of these, 19% were used at the time.
The weather did not allow anything different here either.
Memory does not exist or does not exist in a significant size. These are the hard facts after more than 20 years of energy transition.
The extraction of these two forms of power generation has so far cost more than the famous scoop of ice. The height of a mountain from the ice balls that you could buy from the money is likely to easily exceed Mount Everest.
As if weather-dependent power generation wasn’t bad enough, other reliable sources are now being shut down for partisan political reasons.
We live in a crazy world.