I was somewhat surprised to read this recent tweet by Rod Adams:
Since 2010, German CO2 up by 12%. Seems like the wrong direction to me. “Renewables” not making up for loss of 8 nukes.
They did not show something as remarkable as a “12 percent increase” from 2010. So, while I am used to getting American Fossil Nukes all kind of things wrong about Germany, I was wondering how Adams could possibly be off so far.
The solution to the riddle is that he compared the CO2 emissions in 2010 (826 million tons) with the CO2 equivalent of 2012 (931). That does work out to a 12.7 % increase, but it is obviously based on the error of comparing different things in the first place.
I assume an honest mistake.
But if someone was intent on making Germany look worse than its real record in bad faith, this would be an excellent way to confuse people not familiar with the situation.