In a sense, Germany is a giant hoax. They drole on endlessly about a clean environment and climate change, yet they are some of the most ardent coal and diesel supporters. It’s not the fact that they like coal and diesel I point at here but rather their hypocrisy. If you are a bad polluter, don’t point the finger at others.
SOMETIME NEXT MONTH, underground miners will dig Germany’s last ton of black coal, load it onto a conveyor belt, and whisk it a mile to the surface of the Ibbenbüren mining facility. From there, the high-energy anthracite will be tossed into a high-combustion chamber in an adjacent power plant, where it will be converted into electricity to light up this northwest corner of Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state.