Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Way to Go Germany!

Germany is making huge pushes to stop the use of dirty energy , and dangerous energy. Germany said that it will eliminate all nuclear plants in Germany of the grid and replace it with renewable energy. That's right renewals. It silly to switch from nuclear to coal or gas, because nuclear out of the three is the safest and the least pollutant. Not to say we should keep nuclear power plants, but rather eliminate first coal, oil and natural gas then move to eliminating nuclear. In Germany all coal plants will be gone in 2018. This shows that Germany will be one of the best countries when it comes to making the shift, and proves yet again that you can have a strong economy that is the fourth in the world, a small deficit and low employment while still having very tough targets when it comes to not only CO2 emissions, but Canada you can say is falling behind. Currently most of our electricity comes from Hydro and other renewable energy, but we still have many coal plants and nuclear in Canada. In Canadian consumption renewable energy only make up 28%.  Oil and Natural gas are first and third respectively. We must move to try and reduce these numbers especially in coal which makes 12% of our consumption. Germany already has a strong plan. Not only in eliminating nuclear and coal out of the country, but also going for a CO2 target of 40% below 1990 levels. Way more aggressive then Canada's. in Germany renewable energy are becoming more visible in consumption although they are currently less than Canada's.Because here it is easier to make hydro plants when you have the most rivers in the world and only have to supply for 35 million compared to Germany which is much smaller, has fewer rivers , and must supply demand for 83 million people.  Germany even with the tough obstacles, has targets that will make Renewable energy the main source of energy in the following decade's possibly surpassing Canada very soon if Canada doesn't try to increase production of clean energy instead of dirty fuel.

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5 comments:

  1. I heard that southern Gemany does not have Nukes , or it is rare, and they use coal..and I guess will continue using it.

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  2. Yes, because renewable energy really worked out for Spain, where it was estimated that it cost 3 other jobs,as well as costing $791,597 per job ( http://www.nationalpost.com/news/What+price+green+energy/4680228/story.html ). For those who don't know, Spain is the "S" in the STUPID nations (the ones with looming debt crises). Also see http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Atomkraft+kaput/4864988/story.html

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  3. I think you forget the country with one of the worst debt problems is the U.S and they have almost no Renewables. If you look at countries with high amount of renewale energy like Sweeden who by the way has a surplus and is lowering taxes including Corprate taxes, to countries that have minor renewable projects like the U.K which has a huge deficit and is raising taxes and tuition for students. Sweeden unemployemnet 7.4% and lowering. Look at austria it is growing in renewable energy rapidly at it's uneployment level is 4.3%.

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  4. @vanillaman I think that you totally ignored the largest argument against your case: Spain (see the first link). You also are not remembering that correlation is not equal to causation. Germany was always doing well (since it recovered from WWII), and so was Sweden. The reasons for all of the debt crises are complex, and boiling it down to renewables and non-renewables is disingenuous at best, and wholly ignorant at worst. On top of that, renewables (if they remain in mint condition, which they don't) will only post a profit several years in (for solar panels it is about 15 years), and so your argument that renewables = no debt crisis makes no sense, since it takes time for the positive results to appear.

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  5. I didn't argue that just because a country has renewables it equals a good economy and no debt What I am saying is that a country can have low employment and a good economy while still investing in Renewables. Unlike your agrument that because a country invest in renewables and has green jobs it will eqaul high unemployment and a bad economy. your argument that for every job created in renewable energy more jobs are lost doesn't make sense as countries that I have mentioned can have low employement and many green jobs.

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