It’s Spreading… Freezing Germans Join Greeks – Steal Wood to Keep Homes Heated This Winter

First it was Greece…
Cold and freezing Greeks are stealing and burning trees to keep warm this winter.

Now it’s spreading…
Germans are stealing wood from forests and wood piles to keep their homes warm this winter as energy costs continue to rise.
Spiegel reported:

With energy costs escalating, more Germans are turning to wood burning stoves for heat. That, though, has also led to a rise in tree theft in the country’s forests. Woodsmen have become more watchful.

With snow blanketing the ground, it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up in front of a fireplace. That, though, makes German foresters nervous. When the mercury falls, the theft of wood in the country’s woodlands goes up as people turn to cheaper ways to heat their homes.

“The forest is open for everyone to enter and people just think they can help themselves, but they can’t!” says Enno Rosenthal, head of the forest farmers association in the northeastern German state of Brandenburg. “Naturally, those log piles belong to someone and there is a lot of money and work that goes into them.”

The problem has been compounded this winter by rising energy costs. The Germany’s Renters Association estimates the heating costs will go up 22 percent this winter alone. A side effect is an increasing number of people turning to wood-burning stoves for warmth. Germans bought 400,000 such stoves in 2011, the German magazine FOCUS reported this week. It marks the continuation of a trend: The number of Germans buying heating devices that burn wood and coal has grown steadily since 2005, according to consumer research company GfK Group.

That increase in demand has now also boosted prices for wood, leading many to fuel their fires with theft.

Rosenthal said just last weekend someone stole an entire bundle of oak wood worth about €150 ($199) from a private forest in the town of Neuruppin outside of Berlin. “Many foresters come back to their wood piles and find them a little smaller or even gone,” he says.

More… Forest added:

Ban nuclear, shut down coal fired plants, and everyone can burn coal and wood in their individual stoves. It’ll be just like 1910 – when the air was nice and clean.

Next up: Get rid of the sewer plants and go back to dumping chamber pots into the street.

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  • Finncrisp

    Regulation is the cause and solution of all life’s problems…

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Don’t they know that there freezing to death is required for the sake of Gaia? Self preservation trumps environmentalism every time.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    there s/b their

  • forest

    Ban nuclear, shut down coal fired plants, and everyone can burn coal and wood in their individual stoves. It’ll be just like 1910 – when the air was nice and clean.

    Next up: Get rid of the sewer plants and go back to dumping chamber pots into the street.

  • Where are the worlds humanitarians? Why are they not speaking out against the multiple regulations that are creating and forcing such terrible humanitarian conditions?

  • patrick

    Comrade Obama will be giving us the same treatment soon. As he said energy cost will skyrocket, but the DF greenies still voted for him.

  • Lim Lynn

    I can see that we going backward through a few 1000 years old without discoveries and technology not being used if we listen to hippies pagan new age environmentalist. Wood and coal aren’t useful since you get soot and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • MT Geoff

    Black carbon (soot) is more of a global-warming element than CO2, according to some sources, and wood-burning stoves produce a lot of black carbon, CO2 and CO as well. Way to help the environment!

  • Tom Doniphon

    I thought all those damn windmills were gonna keep toasty! Idiots!

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  • Will

    Man is not causing global warming. Ice is melting on Mars, just as glaciers are melting on earth. Deal with it you green wheenies!

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    I thought all those damn windmills were gonna keep toasty! Idiots!

    Bird blenders require redendant backup when the wind isn’t blowing, and those redundant backups aren’t Gaia-friendly. Go figure.

  • JDR-Taq

    At this pace, we’ll be making buggies and buggy whips in a decade.

    Jay-Z will still have a stable of Bugattis and Rolls’, though. So will the rest of the mandarins.

  • JDR-Taq

    Wow, GP is loading slowly.


    On drudge, four in a row, top center:

    VIDEO: Woman Thrown on Subway Tracks During Vicious Attack…

    Police didn’t tell public for days…

    Woman With Baby Brutally Stabbed Inside BED BATH & BEYOND Store…

    SHOCK: Robber Beats Clerk With Hammers…

    Girl, 14, vanishes after video of her being beaten at school goes viral…

    Can you guess the ethnicity of the perps before reading the articles?

    I knew you could.

  • bigL

    what is the “DF” with greenie?

  • JDR-Taq

    I’m wonder if these events are simply the OFA application process. Initiation, if you will.

    Prove how brutal you can be, and we’ll hire you to be our SS troops.

  • brian

    Pretty cool. We’re going back to the old feudal days. Survival is illegal. Instead of poaching, now it’s stealing wood to keep warm. I’m sure they’re just a few regulations away from the poaching starting up again.

  • cavt

    Maybe we are seeing first hand how some of the civilzations of the past declined and disappeared without a lot known about them. They had their own leftist who drove them back into the stone age and destroyed them.

  • JDR-Taq

    When are we going to understand?

    via drudge

    Again, guess the ethnicity of the savages. You know the answer.

    But Zimmerman is Big Freakin’ News.

    How much worse can these savages get? I mean the MSM, here.

    Chistian and Newsom: unavailable for comment.

    I hear NBPP-types saying “White Devils”.

    Seems to me there are far more Black Devils.

    Savages, I didn’t make me this way. YOU and the savages you consider “Your People” did.

    Face it.

  • Hippies Still Smell

    Meanwhile in Londonistan;

    VIDEO: “Muslim Patrol” thugs harass Londoners for not observing Sharia in “Muslim areas”

    The footage is likely to have come from East London, where ‘Shariah zones’ were set up last year. The new tactic of intimidation is said to appall local residents, who will likely find the ‘patrols’ disconcerting.

    In the videos, the ‘Muslim Patrol’ is heard to say, “Alcohol banned. This is a Muslim area. Muslims patrol the area.”

    One young woman, when confronted by the patrol, states, “I am appalled, this is Great Britain”, to which the authors of the video are heard to remark, “We don’t care. It’s not so Great Britain”.

    Where’s Smeato when you need him?

    “Glasgow doesn’t accept this. This is Glasgow; we’ll set aboot ye.”

  • Bob in VA

    I have no sympathy with idiots who bring these problems on themselves. Deal with it, fools!

  • Adi

    Germany has the largest EU investment in wind farms. I’m shocked to see high energy prices in the winter, maybe they should switch to algae.

  • Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157

    Start burning EU bureaucrats for heat or harness the hot air they expel.

  • Lim Lynn

    @Hippies Still Smell
    Muslim Extremist Jihad Big Brother watching over Londoners to practice Sharia who were different religion altogether. When will they force them to embrace Islam eh? I don’t think it be very far in the future. It’s closer than we know it possible around the corner. Islam takes over EU too many children born by Muslim Extremist Jihad parents will in the future influence their children grown to adulthood.

  • garrettc

    Wow. So all that free wind energy wasn’t so free? Experience really is the best teacher. So Sad that thinking is not.

  • Lim Lynn

    Increase in crime rates in Amerika Obamanation govern by Traitor in Chief. Nature seems to take its course slowly but surely come to pass. Even Hippies support Fascist Socialist Democrat Commie Anarchism can’t survive harsh winter condition unless they continue to destroy public facilities and private property. Newtown Sandy Hook shooting guess what I was researching on after I watch Trampleonsnakes3 latest videos.
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  • huck

    The main reason for the cost increase is the increase in the cost of fossil fuels.

  • JDR-Taq

    #26 Lim

    umm… what?

    Too much for me.

  • Stauffenberg

    Notice the area where the thefts occur is the former East Germany. 20 years cannot remedy the redistribution/entitlement mentality of communism. Private property is not a concept they comprehend.

  • Lim Lynn

    I was explaining future crime rates statistics and broken cross May 4 Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook Massacre and Sandy in Rise of Guardians.

  • Lim Lynn

    I was explaining future crime rates statistics and broken cross May 4 Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook Massacre and Sandy in Rise of Guardians. Media bias when they report the daily news on the front page following orders from Traitor in Chief.

  • dwdude

    when you shut down energy sources that allow energy independence as a result of environmentalist emotional bullying, this is the result. people are going to economize, unlike governments, when faced with hard economic choices. the law of socialist unintended consequences…

  • even steven

    I’ve been heating my home with wood since 1991. I wouldn’t be surprised if the government bans wood stoves at some point.

  • Methinks someone wants us all to live like they did in the stone age.

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  • Fu#kObama

    Chamber pots at one time were dumped on unsuspecting tax collectors and politicians…. I think it is time to renew that practice.

  • Lim Lynn
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    Seems all the occult connection coming together after researching.

  • Lim Lynn
  • wth

    Hey, that guy Enno Rosenthal sounds king of selfish. Can’t he understand that at some point you have made enough firewood, and he needs to spread the wealth? Besides, he didn’t build that pile of logs, somebody else made that happen and it must be redistributed.

  • Freddy

    These guys need to implement a ‘spare the air day’ like they just did in California.

    Spare the air means NO FIREPLACES and NO WOOD BURNING! Let them FREEZE to DEATH!

    The ultimate idea of the liberals is the EXTERMINATION of the UNWELCOME MASSES!

  • BarbaraS

    Germany made a huge mistake when they bailed out Greece the first time. When the European Union was formed, I thought it was a big mistake and the poorer countries would pull down the more prosperous countries. But it was only formed to put Europe on par the the US in strength and prosperity. You will notice that they still expected the US to protect them militarily so that they did not have to spend their own money.

    As soon as WWI and WWII were over, we should have come home and let these countries rebuild themselves. No Marshall Plan and no UN. Instead we have spent our money and blood hotfooting it to every corner of the globe only to have these ingrates trash us at every turn and/or do their best to bring us down and make fun of us.

    The UN has gained power over the years and is trying to take over our country and the rest of the world. Mistakes were made back in 1945 but that was the biggest, especially when a precedent had been set with the League of Nations which failed miserably after WWI. But at least the powers that be realized what a failure it was and disbanded it within a few years. However, the bleding hearts had a different take on this and the UN has been a blot for almost 68 years with no end in sight. And talk about money wasted.

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  • Charles Bigelow

    Wish I had a way to do that where I live. Heating by gas is a very expensive proposition.

  • kat

    Well, despite the fact that it was 0 F yesterday and is a whopping 12 F this morning, our family is toasty warm in our home in wintery Maine due to a wood boiler.

    Maine is full of wood, there is more than there was 100 years ago. You just have to cut it yourself on your own land or buy it cut.

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