Lacoma is an eastern German area threatened by lignite mining despite being registered in the EU as a flora-fauna habitat (FFH). Its inhabitants refer to all the villages planned for devastation (Horno, Heuersdorf, Lacoma) as the
“focal points of our current energy policy”. It is precisely for that reason that German politicians have made a special effort to avoid visiting these scenes of conflict.
Not surprisingly, many ambitious objectives that once dominated political rhetoric have vanished from speeches and essays. The following examples — discovered in government brochures — vividly illustrate that no German document should ever be taken at face value upon which the ink has already dried.
1. “Germany is the international leader in climatic protection”: This honor has since been passed on to Great Britain. The British government has openly
criticized the climate policies of the USA, while the German government supports the American mining company MIBRAG in its efforts to destroy Heuersdorf.
2. “The goal of the German Federal Republic to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent by 2005”. As soon as two new lignite power plants dedicated in 2000 began emitting additional quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere, this
long-standing goal was quietly retired. Germany has managed to eliminate only about a 16 percent of the carbon dioxide recorded in the reference year 1990, and that partial success has largely been credited to “wall fall profits” in the eastern part of the country.
3. “Preservation of Creation”. This lofty aspiration was declared at the 37th Party Congress of the then-ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1989. Since that time, however, Germany has become intent on redefining Creation
despite Biblical warnings against any such purposes.
4. “Avoiding errors from the west in eastern Germany”: This pronouncement is ignored in many different ways. The errors of the west are often simply overcompensated into oblivion. Thus, more than two times the retail floor space
per capita have been built compared with western Germany, and sewage treatment facilities would actually suffice for a fivefold population. In a second technique, the errors of the former GDR are enhanced using new technologies. For
instance, the former communist regime generated 70% of eastern Germanys electricity using lignite, while its successor Vattenfall has since boosted that contribution to over 80%. A third method is to make life so unattractive in
the new German states that young people will migrate to the west of their own accord. Due to a chronic deficiency of employment perspectives, it has been estimated that the eastern German population may decline by 15% within the
next two decades.