Even the Ministry of Economic Affairs knows: no one needs coal anymore!

An internal paper from the German Ministry of Economic Affairs shows that producing electricity from coal (in Germany this is mostly lignite,alsocalled brown coal) is not only unnecessary, but even reduces security of supply, since Germany now produces more electricity than it consumes, and constant intervention in the grid is required to cope with this overcapacity.
http://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr5/wdr5-leonardo-top-themen/audio-mehr-kohle-kraftwerke-als-noetig-100.html (German. Will be opened in a new tab.)

Already in 2004, the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) published a background paper on the report: “Lignite – a subsidy-free energy source?”, written by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Central statement: “Overall, according to the calculations of the Wuppertal Institute, lignite benefits amount to at least 4.5 billion euros annually.”
See https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/publikation/long/3572.pdf
The more environmentally friendly gas power plants (they produce only half as much carbon dioxide per kilowatt) are not supported and are therefore often out of service. The support of renewables has meanwhile been reversed.

Already in 2004, the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) published a background paper on the report: “Lignite – a subsidy-free energy source?”, written by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Central statement: “Overall, according to the calculations of the Wuppertal Institute, the preferential treatment of the lignite amounts to at least 4.5 billion euros annually.”
See https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/sites/default/files/medien/publikation/long/3572.pdf
The more environmentally friendly and flexible gas power plants (they produce only half as much carbon dioxide per kilowatt) are not supported and are therefore often out of service. The support of renewables has meanwhile been reversed.

Donation Appeal for the WAA

Hello dear folks. Maybe some of you know the WAA. The WAA is an Open Project Space in Düren-Gürzenich, not far from the Hambach Forest. (See http://waa.blogsport.de/english/. Will be opened in a new tab.) It was founded in 2011 and from there the Hambach Forest was occupied for the first time. Since then, it has provided an important support structure for activists in the Hambach Forest. But the WAA faces bigger money problems. For the project to exist at least 4000 € are needed until the end of the clearing season. We are grateful for every little contribution to keep this wonderful project alive.

Please transfer your donation to: Förderverein des Jugendumweltnetzwerkes „Für eine klimagerechte Zukunft“ e.V.
Bank GLS
BIC GENODEM1GLS
IBAN DE72 4306 0967 4080 428 100

“As Germany hosts green summit, an energy firm is razing a nearby forest”

Article about the Hambach Forest, found on edition.cnn.com, website of CNN.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/16/europe/germany-coal-hambach-forest/index.html

A reply on the German version of this blog:

Particular attention should be paid to the passage where Mr Steffen of RWE indicates as a reason for further clearing of the Hambach Forest that it is simply in the way:
“We are going to continue to log this season as well, it is inevitable. We have to do it because the forest is in the way of the excavators,” he explains.

That this is the philosophy of RWE – to destroy everything that is in the way without any consideration – it seems that they no longer intend to deny it.

The only question is how such people behave in traffic.
Yes, I could have avoided it. But the child, which ran in front of my car, was in the way.

Without Words

We do not carry out the wishes of the police. But not accepting this invitation really would be a shame. React with your experiences with the police. If you like, also to us: hambacherforst@nullriseup.net

Text on the website of the police:
Our Christmas wish: Paint your experience with the police.

Things we are still urgently searching for

Dear people from outside the forest,

The trial on November 21 is getting closer and we are facing an organizational challenge. Of course, as more and more people gather in the forest to defend it, we also have to invest more and more supplies if we should besieged. In addition, we are happy about ready-packed backpacks for spontaneous actions (see below).

In larger quantities we still need:

  • Chocolate (vegan, and palm fat free)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Applesauce (vegan and palm fat free)
  • Oatmeal
  • Corn (canned)
  • Beans (canned)
  • Lentils
  • Canned instant meals (vegan and palm fat free)
  • Energy bars (vegan and palm fat free)
  • Vegan drinks
  • Juice
  • Gas cartridges
  • Water (5 liter packs)
  • Instant glue
  • Razor blades
  • Toilet paper
  • Tomato sauce
  • Lighter
  • Candles
  • Gas cooker
  • Sunflower oil

See also Donations in kind

Backpack packing list for spontaneous occupations:

Sleeping bag, headlamp, vegan energetic food for 2-3 days (muesli bars, chocolate, dried fruit), first aid bag, rescue blanket, tarpaulin, sleeping pad, two thermoses, heat pack (hand warmer)

Possibly: hammock, pastime material (books, magazines etc.)

Furthermore, sometimes we are looking for someone who can bring with a car about 700 kilos of food from Freiburg im Breisgau to the forest. Please call +49178/1637325). That’s the number of the forest phone, because most things are for the tree houses.
If you can still get some stuff foro us, we would be happy to get them until 11/19.
To all those, who support us with donations and food during this clear-cutting season: Thank you so very much.
By the way, you can give money too:

Account Spen­den & Ak­tio­nen
IBAN DE29 5139 0000 0092 8818 06
BIC VB­MH­DE5FXXX
Reference Winter 2018

Or virtuel money to our Bitcoin account:

1BrEFZ4wijftNyq7F1jCnSSmxRCab4GWgo

You know what it’s gonna mean when you say twenty treehouses

This weekend a storm is blowing through the forest, swaying the treehouses and stripping the trees of their leaves. Somewhere else another wind frees the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia of its last pretence of some just rule of law. Three weeks before the trial the administrative court already published it’s decision and show us that we can expect nothing but a show trial: The court decides to protect 56 hectares from being cut by RWE – cynically as these are the areas that RWE doesnt plan to use in the first case. A true success for this chewy almalgam called RWE/NRW/Police/Justice.

We are expecting that RWE will start their bulldozers, tree crackers and harvesters immidiately after the 21st of November, the date of the court case. According to leaked information they are planning to destroy the oldest parts of the forest and all tree house villages. In a document published by the local parlament RWE is quoted as “20 of the 22 known tree houses are in the destruction area”.

We will not let this pass. We are taking responsibility now, to ensure with our actions and our words that injustice will not became law. The wind is still blowing and carries with it the seeds of resistance. It is up to us to ensure that they will be able to bloom.

No matter where you are, prepare yourselves to come to the forest in the middle of November. Sign up for the text message notifications of any pending eviction. Inform your friends, sisters and brothers.

In solidarity with all prisoners, exploited and freedom-loving people.

Likely cutting area