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- Publisher: InsideClimate News (November 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A4IEJ5K
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Clean Break: The Story of Germany's Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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If Germany can have 100% renewable energy by 2030 as is being suggested, Australia has a chance to do much the same - and the lives of ordinary people would be transformed. We could get rid of all those greedy, foreign mining companies which are raping our country and get back to growing crops and raising cattle on the grasslands to provide food for us all. I for one do not want to be forced to buy imported fruit and vegetables when we have the best farming land in the world.
As this book makes clear, the secret to a clean energy future is not just generating clean energy but making our buildings more energy efficient as can be seen in the remodelling of the Reichstag. Also decentralising power production would encourage investment by entrepreneurs which would manage the transition far more efficiently than government could ever do. Our treasurer, Joe Hockey is a major disappointment - he calls wind turbines 'utterly offensive' so he has obviously not seen a coal mine or CSG field. Oh! Please give us sane politicians before we become the laughing stock of the world!
Towards the end of the book is a chapter called 'Afterword' written by Christopher Flavin, an energy analyst. This is a brilliant synopsis of the book and would be the part to read if one doesn't have time to read the whole book. As he says at the end of this chapter, 'Energy transformation is one of the greatest challenges our generation faces. Will we have the wisdom - and the courage - to follow the trail that has been so improbably blazed by one mid-sized country in the heart of Europe?' I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in energy transformation.
Davidson, who has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Solon, and other noted publications, took three weeks in the summer of 2012 to travel through Germany and learn all he could about Energiewend or "energy change."
It all started with Chernobyl's disaster in 1986. Fall-out from that failed nuclear plant drifted from Russia and contaminated crops. At the same time, reports showed that acid rain from country's coal plants were beginning to affect forests.
A local movement grew into a political movement, and with fervent voter support, solar became a leading solution for transitioning the country away from nuclear and fossil fuels to 80% renewable energy by 2050 -- or sooner.
Davidson also interviews the FiT pioneers and many Germans about their view of the program, utilities, and the proud self-reliance of German energy consumers.
In terms of applying Germany's success to America, Davidson points to our growing solar success, but that our own American-style Energiewend will depend on politics and policy. John Farrell, senior researcher for energy think tank The Institute for Local Self Reliance, also adds his thoughts on what it will take to have the same type of distributed solar model in America.
My own take is that the other reason for the Energiewend success was that it was borne of energy catastrophe, namely acid rain and nuclear disasters. (I say disasters because Fukashima's meltdown has recently reinforced Germany's commitment to solar policies.) In America, we seem to be more resilient to taking action based on BP oil spills, the Big Branch Coal Mine Disaster, or natural gas fracking earthquakes or explosions. Perhaps Hurricane Sandy's devastation will be our Chernobyl, but it's too early to tell...
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