January 14, 2024

GERMANY: Farmers Protest Nationwide In Response To Court Ruling To Repurpose Pandemic Funds To Climate Change Initiatives Giving Govt Reason Cut Farming Subsidies But Continue Funding Ukraine.

I have to put this information on top to crown the farmers news because it is very relevant to why the anti-human climate cultists are intentionally hurting farmers around the world. John Kerry gives us THE REAL REASON FARMERS ARE BEING ATTACKED FINANCIALLY. And a Leftist Climate Change cultist gives the real reason why the German government is cutting farmers subsidies. Because wait for it... they want to PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCY. The Climate cultists are coercing farmers to leave fossil fuel making it too expensive to use and force them to change over to electric vehicles. (emphasis mine)
GlobalAwareness101 published John Kerry Wants To Reduce Farming To Feed The World.

written by Zack Colman and Sara Schonhardt
Saturday January 13, 2024 👈

John Kerry plans to step down from his position as President Joe Biden’s special climate envoy in late winter or early spring, a person familiar with his plans told POLITICO on Saturday.

John Kerry plans to step down from his position as President Joe Biden’s special climate envoy in late winter or early spring, a person familiar with his plans told POLITICO on Saturday.

The news was first reported by Axios, which said Kerry plans to help Biden’s reelection campaign. Mitch Landrieu, Biden’s infrastructure czar, also recently announced he would leave his position to join the campaign effort. Kerry is leaving at a crucial juncture for U.S. climate diplomacy — but also at a time when the most dire threat to Biden’s climate goals is a potential second term for former President Donald Trump.

Kerry, 80, has been a fixture in the United States’ climate diplomacy for decades — and before that, as a senator who unsuccessfully sponsored a major climate bill during the early Obama administration, pushing it with such fervor that one fellow Democrat told POLITICO in 2010 that it’s “all climate, all the time with him.”

Five years later, as Obama’s secretary of State, he helped negotiate the Paris climate agreement, which established the framework in which countries agreed to set their own domestic targets for reducing greenhouse gas pollution. The agreement set a goal of keeping temperatures from climbing no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as well as a more ambitious stretch target of 1.5 degrees.

He built a strong rapport with China’s lead climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, who is leaving his post as well. The relationship between the two veteran diplomats often yielded agreements between world’s top two greenhouse gas emitters to combat the pollution, even as they struggled to maintain momentum for tackling climate issues amid the rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.
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But Communist China remains the number one toxic polluter of our planet's natural environment and atmosphere and the Commie climate cultists always exempt their much beloved Communist China. The ruling Communists in China have never given a shit about nature or their people. So the oppressive climate policies are meant to be imposed on the West only and primarily targeting the United States. So, curious I went to look up China's incentive to cooperate with the anti-human climate cultists and this is the information I found. Of course, it all makes sense now Communist China benefits immensely financially and economically from the rest of the world being forced to convert to solar power and wind turbine energy. Meanwhile, Communist China continues to expand their coal mining. (emphasis mine)

S&P Global
What COP28 means for China's future climate policies and strategies
written by Ivy Yin, Market Specialist, Energy Transition
Friday January 12, 2024

Beijing's big wins

Beijing emerged from COP28 with one goal firmly met, but one only met partial success.

As the world's largest manufacturer for solar PV products and wind turbines, China sought to build partnerships with developing countries with emerging renewable demand to expand its markets overseas.

"We have signed 46 cooperation agreements with 39 countries in the Global South," Xie said at a press conference. He said, China has collaborated in the past 10 years with over 100 countries in developing renewable and other decarbonization projects.

"We will collaborate more with Middle East oil producing countries in scaling up renewable deployment, as well as green hydrogen, green ammonia and green methanol deployment," Xie added.

Beijing also sought to build a global consensus against carbon taxes like the European Union's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, or CBAM, on emission-intensive products.
GBNews published January 10, 2024: German farmer protest: 'Save the planet by NOT eating meat?! They live in cloud cuckoo land!' 'We've got a small minority of vocal people who think they'll save the planet by not eating meat. They live in cloud cuckoo land.' Farmer, Gareth Wyn Jones, reacts to German farmers protests, saying the industry is 'under immense pressure'.
Redacted published January 8, 2024: "We are NOT right-wing extremists!" German farmers fight back, demand government action. German farmers are braving the January weather to show the government that they are not willing to fill budget deficits. They announced today a “week of action” and Redacted showed up in person to see for ourselves! Clayton Morris is freezing his butt off alongside the farmers to find out what they want and what the government will do about it!
I typed a transcript of an excerpt from the Redacted reporting in video above. Natali Morris said, "German farmers are braving the January weather to show the government that they are not willing to fill in the budget deficits that the government has created for themselves. It's not the farmers that created the deficits. Now the way that it works in Germany is when they have a deficit, it's illegal. It's not like in the United States where the debt clock can just run up to our heart's content. So when the German government found this deficit they said 'Well we need to plug it. Where are we going to do it. Well we're going to reach into farmers tax credits. We're going to take it from the farmers.' The farmers are saying, 'No. Actually, we can't afford it. We are not your low handing fruit to just take from us.' See where I'm going there? Fruit. Farmers.

They announced today a week of action and Redacted showed up in person to see for ourselves. Clayton is freezing his butt off along side the farmers to find out what they want and what the government is going to do about it. So see for yourself.

Clayton Morris interviews a protester, "Why did you come here? The protester said, "Well, we stand together for the farmers. Of what the government is doing to us, raising the prices, taking all the money from us and throwing it out to other countries. Where it would be much better used for our infrastructure." Clayton Morris said, "So I've seen some other farmers say money being sent to Ukraine and when money could be better spent here with our own farmers and helping our own government." The protester said, "Yeah, because I find it the most important people also here are the farmers because without them the whole infrastructure would collapse."

Then another protester yelled in the background, "NO MONEY FOR WAR."

Clayton Morris continue reporting that, "65% increases in the fuel to run their businesses, to put food on the table, to bring food to market. I saw one casket down the way that says, 'The train does not run through the supermarket.' Meaning that they need the transportation. They need to be able to provide the transportation to trucks to bring food to market." (emphasis mine) 
Dairy Global
written by Chris Mccullough
Thursday January 11, 2024

Thousands of farmers in Germany have taken to their tractors blocking cities and roads protesting against government farm subsidy cuts.

Truck drivers are also supporting the farmers by joining the long convoys of tractors in a united approach to send a strong message to the German government.

Cities such as Munich, Hamburg, Bremen and Cologne have been brought to a standstill by the farmers, making this one of the biggest protest actions they have ever taken.

Phase out tax incentives

The main crux of the issue involves the government’s plans to eventually phase out tax incentives for diesel fuel used in agriculture as well as a car tax exemption for vehicles used in agriculture.

Germany’s 3-party coalition government is trying to claw back huge coffers of money to try and fill a €17 billion (US$18.6 billion) hole in its budget for 2024. However, the German Farmers Association planned a week of protests across the country to make the farmers’ voices heard.

Protests across Germany

From 8-12 January 2024, farmers and the transport industries are expressing their united dissatisfaction with the federal government’s budget spending across Germany with demonstrations and rallies. Nationwide, over 100 protests are taking place in all federal states to warn the population and politicians against jeopardising the competitiveness and existence of farmers and medium-sized transport companies.

In order to ensure agriculture remains competitive, financial support for agricultural diesel and vehicle tax exemption are essential to German farmers and those across Europe. The German Farmers’ Association, together with the state farmers’ associations and LsV Germany, has called for the federal government’s planned tax increases for agriculture to be withdrawn.

Following the first day of protests, president of the German Farmers’ Association, Joachim Rukwied, said: “That was a successful start to our joint week of action. Today, with around 100,000 tractors across Germany, farmers sent a clear signal to the federal government to completely withdraw its tax increase plans. The demos went off in an orderly manner. This shows that our farmers care. The support of large parts of the population for our cause was also clearly visible on the streets today.”

Farmers across Europe

This is the latest protest by farmers across Europe and indeed colleagues from other European countries including the Netherlands, Romania, Belgium, France, Poland and Austria have also travelled to Germany to take part.

In 2023, farmers across the Netherlands took to the streets protesting against government plans to force the agricultural industry to cut its emissions.

Many European farm lobby groups have consistently said their EU politicians are losing interest in agriculture and are trying at every opportunity to target farmers financially and with more red tape.

The UK officially left the European Union in 2020 via Brexit to reduce the dominance of EU regulations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Threats by other EU countries to also leave the EU continue to emerge but with no direct action to date.
Yahoo News
written by Prarthana Prakash, Fortune
Friday January 12, 2024

The German financial superpower isn't flying high these days. Europe’s largest economy, which was in a technical recession in early 2023 as its blue-chip index hit a record high, continued shrinking in the third quarter of 2023. Famously a long-time net exporter to other countries, global demand has chipped away at exactly that strength, leading to stagnancy and reversal.

But its woes extend beyond the global trading flows. This week, Germany faced protests by farmers and a national train drivers’ strike, both of which have disrupted travel in the country. The transport snarls stand the risk of lasting longer than this week, but their ripple-effects could go on to impact major elections at the country this year amid overwhelming dissatisfaction with Germany's ruling coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

What's prompted it all?

On Monday, German farmers took to the streets, blocking numerous roads and highways with tractors. Their cause: The sudden loss of government subsidies. The reason why the federal cash dry up are a bit complex, but show how tricky the situation is in Germany.

Scholz got an unpleasant surprise last year, when a court ruling left him staring at a a €60 billion hole ($65.6 billion) in the budget—the ruling held that Scholz couldn't keep using COVID-19 funds the way he had been, for policy-related incentives and subsidies. As the government scrambles to cover the shortfall, the tax breaks for the agriculture sector went out the door. The COVID-19 funds had been earmarked for subsidies in chipmaking and green energy, so the farmers don't see why they should pay the price.

The government walked back on some of the planned cuts following a round of protests in Berlin in December, but the remaining ones could still hurt the livelihoods of those dependent on agriculture, farmers argue.

Signs at the protest read “when farmers are ruined, food has to be imported” and “no farmer, no food, no future,” CNBC reported earlier this week.

The protests are gripping Germany at a time when polls have shown the increasing unpopularity of Scholz’s leadership. This has bolstered the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which is backing the protest in an effort to gain political ground in the state elections later this year.

As the farmers' protests carried on across Germany, a three-day rail strike kicked off on Wednesday. A strike by Germany’s GDL Union resulted in thousands of trains—serving both, cargo and passengers—operated by state-owned Deutsche Bahn to pause.

“The strike by the train drivers’ union GDL has had a massive impact on train services in Germany,” DB spokeswoman Anja Broeker said, multiple outlets reported. “We regret the restrictions and hope that many people who were unable to reschedule their journey will get to their destination.”

The union of train workers are fighting to bring working hours down from 38 to 35 hours, while on full pay. GDL is also demanding a pay hike of roughly $606 a month along with a one-off inflation bonus. The GDL chief Claus Weselsky said that the union would “compromise and reduce weekly working hours gradually” but if by Friday an agreeable offer isn’t made, the union would launch another round of industrial action, according to the Financial Times.

These protests, which have resulted in 80% of long-distance trains grinding to a halt, are also adding to pressures on Scholz as Germany also navigates macroeconomic tightrope. Germany is at the brink of contracting in the fourth quarter, pushing it closer to recession territory. The country’s manufacturing and construction sectors, which are core to its economy, have also been struggling and are expected to have modest recovery, at best.

Even if few signs point to a rapid bounce-bank, Germany’s central bank Bundesbank anticipates some positive news for its economy. Last month, the bank predicted inflation to cool down, GDP growth to increase slightly and real household income to rise in 2024.

“Inflation in Germany is on the decline, but it is still too early to sound the all-clear,” Bundesbank President Joachim Nagel said in a report. “As from the beginning of 2024, the German economy is likely to return to an expansion path and gradually pick up speed.”

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