Short flights, a lot of meat and sausage, with the car through the city centre: the fight against climate change, a majority of Germans is willing to give it up – at least on paper. In a representative YouGov survey of 2042 people were in the period between the 3. and 5. June asked whether they would accept higher prices for Fuel, airline tickets, meat, and power for the battle against the earth rhitzung and for a sustainable agricultural policy in the time of purchase. According to the survey, three out of four adults (74 percent) are willing to forego short-haul flights. Almost two-thirds (63 percent) would eat “significantly” less meat, which still accounts for 56 percent of the car in inner cities. In the aviation and road transport, as well as in animal husbandry a lot of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. In the autumn, the coalition of Union and SPD principle wants to make decisions that Germany will bring in terms of climate protection back on course – this could make CO2 emissions more expensive, such as a surcharge on gasoline and heating oil costs.

Germans don’t want to more money

When you spend money, however for many the fun. After all, half of the German it finds according to the survey, is still acceptable, if Tickets for air travel are significantly more expensive. At the fuel prices only slightly more than one Fourth (27 percent), the but so. Significantly higher prices for meat at least every Second (52 percent) is in order, if it limits the scale of the climate change and sustainable agricultural policy is used. Very little tolerance will show the citizens in electricity prices: Significantly more money for green electricity would have to pay according to the survey, only 20 percent willingly. The proponents of such a CO2-price of want to that the money comes from the citizens ‘ benefit, such as a return payment, per head or about relief elsewhere. “It would be dishonest to say that the climate protection measures, no-one will feel”, said the CDU Boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the “picture on Sunday”.

without life style changes there is not going to go. The loads would have to be “balanced”, in addition, the measures should be economically feasible and “charming”. SPD-politicians share that view. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil, about said the “Welt am Sonntag”: “We need to manage it, to arrange for the necessary major renovation of an industrial society so that the consequences for the directly Affected to remain tolerable.” Climate protection also need consent.

Respondents answers are often “socially desirable”

would be How large this consent, on the basis of surveys only partially foresee. Because it is a well-known phenomenon that Respondents tend to answer “socially desirable”, because they want to be seen by others and themselves in a certain way. But do you act accordingly? A look at the statistics of the Ministry of agriculture, for instance, shows that the consumption of meat was in the past few years, only declining slightly and, at last, even a little rose. The estimated Per capita consumption in 2018 60.1 pounds.

The share of domestic flights is falling, however, especially statistically, because the total number of flights grows and grows. 2018 flew, according to the Federal statistical office, 23.5 million passengers in the domestic market. In 2017, there were 23.7 million, a decline of only 0.8 percent. The Car traffic has increased, according to the Federal environment Agency between 1995 and 2017 by nearly 18 percent.

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