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Germany’s Disastrous Energy Policy is a Cautionary Tale For The Entire World

The myth of renewable energy being the only solution to the carbon emission problem has been busted many times, yet it refuses to die.

Particularly, the claim that we could rid ourselves of our fossil fuel dependence by switching to 100% green energy is an utter exaggeration and cannot be backed up with a shred of evidence. If you have any doubts, you only need to look at the disastrous energy policy of Germany.

Germany and the Mirage of 100% Green Energy

Back in 2010, Germany declared an ambitious goal of being completely independent of fossil fuels – by making the transition from fossil fuels to green energy in a rapid manner. It was wildly celebrated as an ‘environmentally conscious move’ by self-appointed experts on global warming, including those idiots in the US (see Matt Damon, Daryl Hannah, Al Gore, Obama, Hillary, and so many fantasy land others).

Nearly a decade later, Germany is worse off than it was before it started making the transition to green energy. Given below is a set of data that can show you just how much of an unmitigated disaster Germany’s energy policy has been.

  • In the past 10 years, Germany has spent more than $100 billion on green energy and has committed spending a lot more over the next two decades as part of its green energy initiatives (they can do this because America spends billions of dollars defending them – Germany has a pitiful military – which is another reason America needs to pull its military out of that country). The money to be spent on renewable energy – both in the form of investments as well as subsidies – is expected to cost the German taxpayers a whopping $550 billion.
  • Despite spending so much money, Germany has not managed to bring down its carbon emission levels. On the contrary, their emission levels have actually increased by 2% in the last decade. Hilarious! How do you like that Jim Carrey? Liberals? MSNBC?
  • Despite allocating disproportionately large sums of money to green energy initiatives, Germany still depends on fossil fuels for its energy needs. As of 2017, nearly 80% of the country’s energy needs were met by fossil fuels, with renewable energy and nuclear energy accounting for 15% and 5% of energy production, respectively.
  • Germany has also committed to phase out its nuclear plants, despite the fact that they pose no risk to the environment and singlehandedly account for 5% of the country’s overall energy production.

The Geopolitical Implications of Germany’s Energy Policy

If Germany had not fallen into the trap of 100% green energy, and had instead focused on diversifying its natural gas imports, it not only could have saved billions, but also reduced its carbon emission levels. After all, the US has managed to reduce its carbon emission levels to a significant extent in the past decade by increasing its natural gas consumption.

The disastrous energy policy has not only cost Germany humongous sums of money, but has also ended up giving Russia a massive geopolitical advantage in the region.

Currently, Russia is the largest supplier of natural gas to Germany and has tremendous leverage in the region. President Trump rightly pointed out this fact to Germany and asked them to reduce their dependence on Russia by buying natural gas from the US.

Germany – A Cautionary Tale

Germany’s energy policy is undoubtedly a cautionary tale for any country that wants to cling on to the myth of 100% green energy. The fact is that natural gas is the cleanest and safest source of energy available to us right now and will remain so for years to come.

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Bob Meinetz on August 29, 2018

"The fact is that natural gas is the cleanest and safest source of energy available to us right now and will remain so for years to come."

Benjamin, though I realize in some circles "alternative facts" are considered acceptable substitutes for the real thing...please.

Natural gas is...safe? There are eight people who would disagree with you, if they hadn't died in the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion of 2010.

Natural gas is...clean? There are hundreds of climatologists who would disagree with you, that a source of energy with at least half the CO2 emissions of coal, the one responsible for the worst GHG emissions leak in U.S. history (Aliso Canyon), could be considered "clean".

Here's a genuine fact: so-called "natural" gas is anything but natural. Also known as methane, it has lived out the last ten million years underground (hence the name fossil fuel). Burning it to generate electricity is gradually increasing atmospheric carbon concentrations to those of a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, when temperatures were 20ºF hotter than they are today. Though some modern reptiles can survive these temperatures, one-sixth of extant species can't -  including Homo Sapiens. Thus along with coal and oil, continuing to burn gas will be responsible for a mass extinction rivaling the most thorough (or humongous, if you wish) in Earth's history.

While we agree Germany efforts are misguided, burning more methane is obviously not the answer. The answer will involve recognizing a substantial role for nuclear energy, and all but eliminating fossil fuel. In 2015 climatologists James Hansen, Kerry Emanuel, Ken Caldeira, and Tom Wigley laid it on the line in a joint letter to COP 21 in Paris. "Nuclear power paves the only viable path forward on climate change," they wrote. Now more than ever, policy should be guided not by alternative facts, but by the genuine variety. Shouldn't it?

 

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