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Germany supports Ukraine in the military sphere as evidenced by the decision to supply 5,000 protective helmets.” https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-polytics/3393009-helmets-and-bunker-near-odesa-baerbock-outlines-germanys-support-to-ukraine.html

Such unnecessarily big vehicles also turn previously walkable towns into dangerous pedestrian and cyclist nightmares, as well.
In 2019, Russia (with a share of 31.5%), Norway (11.3%), and the United Kingdom (11.9%) combined accounted for 54.7% of total crude oil imports to Germany. Contamination of the Druzhba oil pipeline, which supplies crude oil to Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia, disrupted Germany’s oil supply between April 24 and June 17, 2019, and can be credited for a portion of the 12.5% decrease in crude oil imports from Russia to Germany. In 2018, imports accounted for 97% of total crude oil supply.”https://www.eia.gov/international/analysis/country/DEU


Notice that most of the heaviest vehicles are German auto makers: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz.
Bigger, heavier and higher performance – the trends offsetting efficiency improvements

Chapter 3 highlighted the inadequate improvement in new car CO2 emissions on the road and the recent slowdown in fleet average emissions reductions measured in the laboratory. This chapter examines the underlying reasons – that cars have become bigger, heavier and higher performance in the pursuit of higher profit margins…

The heaviest vehicles are unsurprisingly produced by the premium manufacturers: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Fiat and Dacia (not illustrated) are the lightest but weight has been increasingly quickly (21% and 14% respectively) and both carmakers are now close to the European average. Citroën has seen the average mass of cars sold slightly decrease since 2001 (-2%).

SUV sales boomed from 4% of the EU market in 2001 to 26% in 2016,50 becoming the biggest car segment on the market.51 This growth is expected to continue, and forecasts expect that a third of EU car sales could be SUVs by 2020.52 Nowadays, every manufacturer has a least one SUV in its range, even down to the small B segment (e.g. Nissan Juke). SUVs are typically around up to 250kg heavier than a conventional hatchback53 and, being taller have worse aerodynamics as a result of the bigger frontal area, leading to higher fuel consumption and, therefore, higher CO2 emissions.54

It is tempting to blame car-buyers for the rising CO2 but the market for SUVs has to a large extent been created by carmakers’ skillful marketing and pursuit of higher profits. Carmakers have been aware of 2020/1 CO2 targets since 2009 and could, and should, have factored their growth into their compliance plans ensuring a higher proportion of these vehicles were equipped with hybrid systems that would greatly increase efficiency. Instead carmakers have benefited from strong sales in this market segment without taking responsibility for their greater environmental footprint and higher emissions. The lack of progress in recent years in reducing emissions as a result of the shift to SUVs is therefore carmakers’ own responsibility due to their own poor planning.

New technology also increases the mass of cars – although not by as much as the shift to SUVs. For example, turbo-charging to deliver more power also add mass (although new engines have a smaller engine block). Automatic gearboxes, whose sales have more than doubled from 12% to 29% since 2001,55 also add mass, especially with more torque to deliver from new turbo-charged engines. For instance, a dual-clutch gearbox, one of the biggest selling technologies in Europe, consists of two linked manual gearboxes in order to allow a quicker transition between odd and even gears without jolt. In addition, more equipment is being fitted to premium models and is becoming more available for lower segments. All of these new features need additional sensors, cameras or Electronic Control Units (ECU) to work properly, making the vehicle heavier. In the past, safety equipment was also blamed for the rising weight although in practice it contributes very little.” Read the study here: “Transport & Environment” Published: April 2018 https://www.transportenvironment.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2018_04_CO2_emissions_cars_The_facts_report_final_0_0.pdf

From EIA.gov:
Last Updated: December 2020
* Germany was the largest energy consumer in Europe and the seventh-largest energy consumer in the world in 2019, according to BP Statistical Review of World Energy. It was also the fifth-largest economy in the world by gross domestic product (GDP) by purchasing power parities after China, the United States, India, and Japan in 2019.
* Germany’s size and location give it considerable influence over the European Union’s (EU) energy sector. However, Germany relies heavily on imports to meet most of its energy demand. In 2019, energy imports accounted for 71% of the German energy supply.
* Germany has begun a long-term initiative to transition to a low-carbon, more efficient energy mix. This initiative, known as the Energiewende, is currently in Phase 2 and includes ambitious targets for phasing out coal and nuclear and developing renewable energy. Key targets include relying on renewable energy sources for 65% of gross electricity consumption by 2030 and closing Germany’s remaining nuclear power plants by 2022.
* Petroleum and other liquids
* Petroleum and other liquids continue to be Germany’s main source of energy and account for 35% of the country’s total primary energy consumption. In 2019, Germany consumed 2.4 million barrels per day (b/d).
* Germany imports petroleum and other liquids through several pipelines and sea ports. The two largest pipelines are the Druzhba pipeline from Russia, through Belarus and Poland, and the Trans Alpine pipeline from Trieste, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s sole deep-water port, handles most of Germany’s international oil trade.
* In 2019, Russia (with a share of 31.5%), Norway (11.3%), and the United Kingdom (11.9%) combined accounted for 54.7% of total crude oil imports to Germany. Contamination of the Druzhba oil pipeline, which supplies crude oil to Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia, disrupted Germany’s oil supply between April 24 and June 17, 2019, and can be credited for a portion of the 12.5% decrease in crude oil imports from Russia to Germany. In 2018, imports accounted for 97% of total crude oil supply.
* With more than 2.1 million b/d of crude oil refining capacity at the end of 2019, Germany is one of the largest refiners in the world and the second-largest in Europe and Eurasia after Russia.
* The transportation sector accounts for the largest share of petroleum product demand. On October 9, 2019, the German government adopted the Climate Action Program 2030 to provide the heating and transport sectors with a tax break and incentives for energy-efficient building renovations, higher subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs), and greater public investment in public transport.
* Natural gas
* Germany was the largest consumer of natural gas in Europe in 2019, consuming 8.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas.
* Natural gas represented 25% of Germany’s total primary energy consumption, and consumption of natural gas increased slightly in 2019.
* In 2018, imports accounted for about 97% of total natural gas supply. Russia, the Netherlands, and Norway are the largest natural gas exporters to Germany.
* Natural gas imports from the Netherlands continue to decrease because Groningen is expected to end natural gas production in 2022 as a result of concerns about earthquakes triggered by production drilling.
* Germany has no liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, but it is well connected with the rest of Europe by natural gas pipelines. Germany imports natural gas from Russia through the Nord Stream pipeline and Yamal-Europe pipeline. Germany imports from Norway through Norpipe and Europipe I and II. Germany also trades natural gas by pipeline with its neighbors (Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, and Poland).
* Construction of Nord Stream 2—a 745-mile natural gas pipeline owned by Gazprom and designed to pump Russian natural gas directly to Germany, bypassing Ukraine and Poland—has been delayed repeatedly. Citing concerns of increased European dependence on Russian energy and lack of diversification of natural gas supplies, several Nordic and Eastern European EU countries have tried to prevent construction of the pipeline. Extension of EU’s existing anti-monopoly laws to offshore pipelines lying in the territorial waters of EU countries in 2017 allowed Denmark to withhold its approval of a 91-mile portion of Nord Stream 2’s southeastern pipeline route. Following arbitration proceedings initiated by Gazprom, Denmark granted a permit for the project in October 2019. In December 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on companies that sold, leased, or provided subsea pipe-laying vessels for Nord Stream 2’s construction. European countries have considered the sanctions as U.S. interference into their internal decision making on energy security.
* Coal
* Coal is Germany’s most abundant indigenous energy resource. However, after two hard coal mines closed in late 2018, coal production in Germany declined by 29% to 145 million short tons by the end of 2019. Imports accounted for 88% of total hard coal supply in 2018.
* Germany plans to end coal-fired power generation by 2038, and coal accounted for only 18% of Germany’s total primary energy consumption in 2019. However, Datteln 4, a 1,100 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant owned by Uniper and located in Datteln in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, opened in June 2020.
* According to Germany’s Federal Network Agency, installed coal-fired electric generation capacity was 45 gigawatts (GW) as of the beginning of 2018.
* The power and industrial sectors account for most coal consumption in Germany. Lignite-fired generation accounted for 19% of total electric generation and 114 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity in 2019.
* Electricity
* Germany produced 612.4 billion kWh of electricity in 2019. Power generation from renewables reached 40% (37% excluding hydropower). Although generation from natural gas increased slightly, generation from coal and nuclear decreased in 2019.
* Germany’s goal is to generate 65% of its consumed electricity with renewables by 2030.
* Germany is the seventh-largest generator of nuclear energy, with 75.1 terawatthours (TWh) or 12% of total electricity generation, which is down from 133 TWh (28% of total generation) from 2010. The dramatic decrease is the result of planned decommissioning of older nuclear stations. The German government plans to close remaining nuclear power stations by 2022
.” https://www.eia.gov/international/analysis/country/DEU

Europe could bring Russia to its knees in a few months, just by going back to the way they lived prior to Russia’s cheap oil and gas. Instead of blocking sidewalks with big vehicles in their otherwise walkable towns, they could walk or take public transit. Instead of overheating, they could heat normally, or return to under-heating and wearing warmer clothing.

72% of Russia’s natural gas exports are to OECD Europe with 16% to Germany, alone. 48% of Russia’s crude exports are to OECD Europe with 11% to Germany and 11% to the Netherlands: https://www.eia.gov/international/content/analysis/countries_long/Russia/russia.pdf

Does Russia own Germany or Germany owns Russia? We’ve always believed that Putin is German.
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