Von wegen Preisbremse! Wie Lobbyminister Habeck unser Steuergeld verschleudert
hello and welcome to the new episode of better times wagenknechts Wochenschau you already received your new electricity and gas deductions in the new year and you had to sit and take a deep breath after opening this great post because the monthly charge is changing only by €100 or even more increased the money that you didn't necessarily have left and even if you could start with something really better than taking it to the electricity and gas providers and that is why apparently it was good news for many legal electricity and the brake on the price of gasoline finally It's coming next year and that's why I'd like to take a closer look at what's actually being decided, is it really that useful, or isn't it wasting tax dollars in an unbelievable dimension, for one and a lot?
On the other hand, Millions of people who urgently need it hardly received help, so just As a reminder, in many European countries, prices for electricity, gas and fuel have been limited for months. In France, for example, the price of electricity was allowed to rise a maximum of four percent this year, I think that should be manageable for most. and the price of gas was completely frozen for seven months, that is, for almost the whole year, so normal consumers did not notice any price increase at all and other European countries acted similarly to protect their population and ago months that all this, of course, costs a lot. of money, so that since the beginning of the energy crisis, the EU countries have made available 500 74 billion euros 574 billion and the people who are faced with the rising costs of energy in Germany are late, but now they seem to be particularly committed to putting something at least one could into this I see when you know that of the 574 billion euros in tax money to cushion the energy crisis across the EU, half of this 574 billion , half of which goes to a single country Germany adds up to the gigantic amount of 264 billion euros, that is, the bottom windfall that our government wants to have brought soon to the whole country, so a part it has already been spent, because 64 billion are the result of the three aid packages that have already been decided, so those were these miserable ones. payments and subsidies for the cost of heating, which you may still remember, but now comes, if you can believe it, the traffic light coalition, the right-wing double boom, the defense shield of 200 billion euros because the calamity of The exploding cost of energy means that in concrete terms. what is planned there is the gas price cap for April 2024 for average consumers and small businesses at 12 cents per kilowatt hour and the electricity price cap at 40 C Ent per kilowatt hour, of course, not for the total consumption, but only for 80% of last year's consumption because, after all, you want to set savings incentives for industrial customers, so very large companies with very high consumption get guaranteed gas. price of only 7 cents and that's the net price and an electricity price of 13 cents plus additional costs, however, only for 70% last year, well, on the face of it, that might sound good at first. 40 cents for electricity is better than the more than 50 cents that are now announced in many advance increases for next year However, one must not forget that before the energy crisis, last year and partly this year, a kilowatt hour of electricity in Germany only cost 20 to 30 cents, which means that even with the cap on the price of electricity, a family of four with an average consumption in a family home pays between 400 and 800 euros more per year and that is it's really not that small, for example in beautiful Merzig in the Saarland we had an electricity price of 23 cents 40 cents from next year, that's almost double and for 20 percent of our consumption we have to be even more than this 40 pence, which means that it should be realistic that the electricity price cap for many would mean a doubling of their monthly deductions, which would be an increase of 100% instead of 4%, as in France, and therefore Of course it should also be mentioned in this context that Germany was already before this cost explosion with the highest electricity prices in Europe and now they are supposed to double again and the government is celebrating for that and don't let anyone tell you that there is no alternative if Austria, for example, the price of electricity is capped at 10 cents per kilowatt hour and the domestic 10 cents instead of 40, that is, in case of doubt, a monthly bill of 30 instead of 120 euros yes why in Vienna which is not supposed to work in Berlin and gas is still strong the average gas price for private households in the last five years was around 6 cents per kilowatt hour now the gas price will be limited to 12 cents yes, that is exactly double and there that only for 80% of annual consumption it can even be assumed that the gas bill next year will be more than double that in the past but we should all have incentive ivos to save washcloths instead of showers and three sweaters instead of the most comfortable room temperature I have to say that these debates really seem like the biggest of all, because what do the rules mean? it should be especially hard now to cut your consumption by a fifth or even more, how is that supposed to work?
Get ionized if you simply can't afford to upgrade all your appliances to the latest, most energy-efficient model and if perhaps you're of an age where a 19 degree room temperature can make you sick quickly or because you have small children and they just can't expect cold rooms, can that mean especially those who have been economical on gas from electricity in recent years? Ultimately, they will now be punished for their frugality, so I have to honestly say that such nonsense can only be invented by Robert
Habeck, and of course it could have been designed differently without making it much more expensive to the taxpayer, simply a quota could have been subsidized for everyone in the amount of average per capita consumption, that is, individual consumption in recent years would not have been used as a reference value, but the social average and then all households would have less than the average and these are, of course, in addition to the small minority who live in modern, energy-efficient houses and are hardly affected by the cost explosion anyway, they are above all the poorest, the small apartments, who consume a little less than the big houses and then the poorest and most normal income would at least have all their electricity and gas bills subsidized and not have to pay horrendous new 20% tariffs and the rich with above average consumption yes, they would have had a heavier burden, but that would have been an incentive to save where language potential is most likely to exist, i.e., in people who have previously had very high energy consumption, yes, one could have, but then I probably would have climbed on the roof with their rich green clientele in the Old, Spacious Building with high ceilings because then they would have been among the losers, so that it is better not to do it and rather burden them normally and people with low incomes who often don't do it anymore. i know how they are supposed to deal with all these price increases i think its really clandestine and the state costs are also a bit natural because of this or of course they are also higher the higher the new provider rates of energy, the higher the gap that has to be capped and the state pays the taxpayers and the energy providers, in turn, now they have a real incentive to really get their hands on it, because the state will pay for most of the bill next year and in fact, a lot of energy and gas providers raised their prices on January 1, so be the bird.
For example, the Stadtwerke München was shot down because the price of electricity rose from just under 25 cents to 61.89 cents, well that's a 148% premium. and that is precisely why it would have made much more sense to take a completely different approach, at least for electricity, one could have limited the price of electricity to a maximum increase of 4%, as in France, and then reimburse gas electricity. power plants, which of course would have made huge losses in such conditions, then you would have prevented all other electricity producers whose costs have not changed at all, regardless of whether it is wind, solar, atomic or whatever, from filling their pockets with more and more. more sludge that's exactly what's been going on for a year now so just limiting the price of electricity and power plants to a loss that would then have to be made up mostly by gas fired power plants which would certainly have been a lot simpler and cheaper, but no, our big semaphore burns up a lot of tax money and enriches some lucky gentlemen who, in many cases, normally won't need the money at all.
Families despite great status price curbs naked despair is spreading and getting even worse when we look at regulations for businesses I recently spoke to a baker and she told me in no uncertain terms that the existence of small independent bakeries with regulations is now everything else as it is insured, it is a very big danger, most bakers are not big consumers, they hardly enter the most generous energy tariffs, especially with gas, and the existing hardship rules were redesigned by the ministry from the hawks, they were better redesigned in such a way that normal bakeries, for example, cannot benefit either and, like the baker, it should be for many artisans and small and medium-sized businesses.
I mean double, sometimes more than double the bills or with companies, often it's even more. The baker told me that they had a starting price for Gas from two cents Yes, it's an insane increase, of course, not everyone will be saved once the increase is too strong, and by the way, restaurants, hotels and all companies who were among the losers in the corona crisis are also treated. especially bad, because that is the Consumption of the year 2021, which is the reference for how much electricity and gas can be obtained at a subsidized price in 2032, but from January 21 to May it seems like a long time, but it is not that long, that is May 21-21, there were restaurants, hotels and many other service providers were completely closed, because in Germany there was a lockdown, well, and if you are closed, you naturally do not use energy and if you survived all this madness, now you are going to being punished a second time because your consumption was very low back then, of course, now you have much more but you receive less subsidies and when some say well, all that is bad, but politics cannot save everyone, of course, the saving obviously isn't the reason the little ones are treated so badly, after all the big ones are stuffed in their place like you absolutely have to throw your tax money among the people and get rid of them. a company like Bär, which is expected to pay out €3 billion in dividends next year, so a dividend yield of a whopping seven percent, this company would be entitled to billions in state subsidies, according to the big havix law, It would be heroic for FF to date they don't want the money from the gas price brake, well they know that but the state honey jar stays, first of all they'd all like to get in and , of course, would have been obvious. exclude from the state cornucopia companies that pay premiums and dividends and are therefore obviously not in an emergency situation and who thinks well now of the harsh crisis we are in right now would be more Companies prefer to keep their money anyway and not to spoil their shareholders because the 40 companies listed on the German DAX stock index will probably transfer almost 54 billion euros to their shareholders next spring, more than ever, for some obviously there is still a crisis. what a crisis and now it is getting interesting in the original draft of the commission of experts it was intended to exempt companies that throw parties like this from price brakes, that is, from state subsidies, so as not to recharge their dividends with money from the taxpayers.
I don't know if I have that big Aktiendepot, if it was because of that, or if he again had some lobbyists co-written into his law, as was the case with the gas tax, I suspect almost the latter, in any case, this clause suddenly disappeared, which means that while the bankrupt-threatened baker is being treated the cold shoulder, the bigger the tip. Recently subsidized with billions in government money so I really wonder how the politicians who are responsible for something like this can still look in the mirror and it gets even worse because just like households businesses don't just get subsidies for the gas you actually use onproduction, but also if you reduce your production and therefore use less gas than last year and much less gas, you can Subsidized gas can even be resold on the gas markets at a large profit, which means you get the subsidy regardless of whether you need the gas for your production or not, and many renowned energy experts and economists have strongly protested this rule on the grounds that it would be like a kind of hibernation premium rule to encourage the company to shut down its production and instead prefer to sell the subsidized gas at high prices because the profit could be higher than what it can normally achieve from the sale of its products, even Chancellor Scholz is said to have been against it.
The law has kept the subsidized guest resale possibility anyway because haarweg obviously found it so cool. I must say that the strange announcement from the Minister of Finance appears in the Maischberger broadcast. you remember it's a company that doesn't sell anymore. So at least no more own products and somehow the good life now appears in a completely different light. Yes of course with habix gas price brakes this is a real business model. so more than 2 million euros from the hapex grant pot you can only celebrate a maximum of ten percent of your workforce in the next two and a half years, sure, but if you receive 1.8 million euros, you can go through their labor with the ax and throw away as many as they want and up to ten percent, which can be hundreds, perhaps thousands of families that before got the money from the taxes with which I made their company happy that in gratitude for this they throw away the street while you open a new branch in Turkey or in the US and What is even more likely is that people are simply sent to part-time jobs d a there are no restrictions at all what is all this nonsense and sadly, everyone who knows about this knows that price brakes will not prevent the general exodus of companies and the destruction of jobs in the long term because even with price brakes they are energy.
In Germany it is infinitely more expensive than elsewhere. ares and that won't change significantly even in 2024 when the brakes expire but it does mean that for large companies that have the option to migrate many billions of taxpayer money are now being wasted senselessly on which I first line the the shareholders will be happy without any possibility to use this instrument to stop the trend of emigration and industrialization what kind of crazy policy is it that you supposedly also want to regenerate income so that it is not so expensive because now there is also superprofit control for the companies of the energy industry before the crisis, these profit taxes, which will now also exist in Germany, have caused quite a bit of friction, but they only exist because the EU has decided on them and they have been designed in the most energy-friendly and gentle way lobby friendly. the clock has decided that companies in the oil, natural gas, coal and refining economy make a contribution to the energy crisis limited to the years 2022 and 2023 and the requirement is that the benefits exceed by more than 20 percent percent the profits of previous years , then 20% is apparently no problem, profits that go beyond this are at least 33% to tax what other countries do with this requirement Austria for example because excess profit calculated in this way it is taxed at 40 percent, at least 33% can also mean 40 percent, in Italy the corresponding tax rate is even 50 percent and is due even if the profit is only 10% higher than the average of the previous year in the Czech Republic, excess profits are taxed even at 60% and what is Germany doing, God protect us from windfall income, seems to be the motto of traffic lights, at least in this area, e The tax is kept at the lower limit, which is almost compatible with the EU rule and as a special delicacy, the tax base is based on the voluntary information provided by the energy companies.
The tax on excess profits should be collected by the federal central tax office the data on the actual profit situation of the companies can be with the local financial authorities and the federal authorities unfortunately do not have access to them oh man where do we end up so it should come as no surprise that even in the traffic light calculation this huge excess profit taxes should generate a maximum of two to three billion and will probably be much less in the end and that with real excess profits in the energy industry this year alone Estimated at 113 billion euros we all pay for it, we all pay for these crazy excess profits through our energy bills, these are amazing It is sums that some of them accumulated in 38 billion of excess profits from the oil companies, we pay that in the injection column 25 billion from the gas companies and 50 billion in the electricity sector are going to be removed from two to three billion of them, it's a pittance and when you consider all this, it no longer surprises you that Germany is the country in Europe that spends the most money during the energy crisis and that Germany is at the same time the country in the one that energy prices are also higher for normal families and small and medium-sized businesses and therefore has the worst economic forecasts for next year, yes, I am subject to controversy when I say that we have the most stupid government from Europe I think the traffic light with its gas and electricity price brakes has really earned this title again, it is really running away and of course mentioning that at least one more time would be the best so solution anyway than to build other brakes and close. everything in some different way doing the best would be so much better than generous pots of subsidies which the wrong people always unerringly use best would be to stop the price explosion in the energy sector by simply buying power again where it is cheapest so badly done but no , when the traffic light puts an aid package of 200 billion, it will reliably guarantee the next price increase again, because the embargo that was created for Russian oil will of course also have an effect again, it will return the price of oil , that I had just relaxed a bit in the car and Soon we should see the consequences at the gas pump, really you can only say good night, yes, you can see, that seems really scandalous to me, but I'm curious, what do you think about that?
Are you glad that there is a gas brake, well of course, maybe better than nothing, but don't you find it absolutely outrageous how dubious here with billions of taxes with the money that millions of people have worked hard how they get completely wrong money and very very many disstrict need to stand in the rain it's just outrage write me in the comments what you think about it also what are your experiences what inclination do you have what are you experiencing at the moment you are also worried but you can still manage it somehow and in the end I also have a tip about Oskar Oskar Lafontaine's book, but I have the tip about the book not because it's my husband, but because it's a really good book.
Amy, it's time to make a self-affirmative statement. Europe, so for everyone who is interested in the background of the Ukraine conflict and also what we really have to do now and also has something to do with these gas prices and energy interests, who is really behind it? , who benefits whom, who argues in detail. with many references and also with an impassioned appeal to those who want to read it, who want to get arguments for the discussions they have to conduct themselves, I can warmly recommend this book and maybe you can make one or the other happy with it at Christmas until now see you soon for today