Ξ November 29th, 2009 | → 2 Comments | ∇ Wine & Politics, Wine News |
Germany’s Appetite for Destruction
Monday, November 30, 2009 will be the last day the world puts their protests in for the building of the High Mosel Bridge. I am hoping my blog will be one of many posted Monday regarding this grave action by the Rheinland/Pfalz government.
Many articles from mainline and bloggers have been written cross referencing previous articles to raise awareness of a project that originally was conceived back in the 1960’s. It was considered folly then, raised back in the 70’s and stopped again because it was seen as a waste, but the past couple years, politicians doing what they do best, creating projects that will give them some sort of recognition for future votes no matter their costs have put the bridge through.
This quarter of a billion dollar bridge only cuts 30 minutes of travel time. Not only is it destructive, it’s a waste of German taxpayer’s dollars.
It is going to upset the delicate eco system of the middle Mosel and some of the greatest heritage vineyards will be ripped up. The bridge is being built as any other bridge without consideration of the land it is spanning.
It is hoped at the last moment, on December 1st, Chancellor Angela Merkel will grant clemency and stops the bridge. But even though she was the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety under Helmut Kohl’s administration, she appears to have little interest in the preservation of her countries environmental heritage.
I can only hope this fiasco will bring awareness to the preservation of other world heritage vineyards. It’s a shame when humans have something precious, we are so eager to destroy it.
Please sign the petitions and write Chancellor Merkel and make your voice known.
Below is a listing of famous vineyards that are going to be grubbed up and affected during and after the bridge is built with the producers who are directly reflected.
Ürziger Würzgarten: J.J. Christoffel, Dr. Loosen, Merkelbach Zeltinger Sonnenuhr: J.J. Prüm, Selbach-Oster, Markus Molitor Zeltinger Schlossberg: Selbach-Oster Graacher Himmelreich: Dr. Loosen, Selbach-Oster, Willi Schaefer, Markus Molitor, J.J. Prüm, Heribert Kerpen Graacher Domprobst: Selbach-Oster, Willi Schaefer, Markus Molitor, Heribert Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr: J.J. Prüm, Dr. Loosen, Selbach-Oster, Heribert Kerpen*
*(copied from Slate, Mike Steinberger, September 10, 2009)
— Twitter Petition: Angela Merkel: Stop the Mosel Bridge
— Protest the Mosel Bridge in English and German
— Chancellor Angela Merkel’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Great speech by Stuart Pigott regarding the bridge first spoken in German then he speaks in English. Stuart Pigott at the ‘Last Chance Wine Forum’ against the High Mosel Bridge.
— The planned bridge that could ruin Germany’s cherished Mosel wine region. – By Mike Steinberger – Slate Magazine
— Open letter to Angela Merkel concerning the High Mosel Bridge
— Please fight Mosel madness | Tasting Notes & Wine Reviews from Jancis Robinson
— YouTube – Hugh Johnson’s speech against the High Mosel Bridge
— Linden Wilkie
— Wine Anorak