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A German Heating Law Hits the Climate Limit

The Wall Street Journal‘s Editorial Board writes about Germany’s radical heating law that has been stalled.

The C3 Take
  • A vote for Germany’s Buildings Energy Act, which would force families to replace their home heating systems with greener alternatives, has been postponed to November after constituent backlash on the bill.
  • Top-down climate policies are costly for consumers and often have several unintended environmental consequences.
  • If Germany wants to truly limit its carbon emissions, it should reopen its closed nuclear plants and embrace solutions rooted in economic freedom.

“It’s all too much even for environmentally conscious Germany. A survey this week, taken before the court ruling, found some three-quarters of respondents would prefer that Parliament postpone passing the law. Respondents in another poll opposed banning old-style heating systems ‘in the foreseeable future” by a margin of 49% to 45%, and 67% of respondents worried the government’s proposals would “overwhelm them financially.'”

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