05 Jul '11, 5pm

Germany's massive bet on green energy #longread Provocative thinking in here.

Germany's massive bet on green energy #longread Provocative thinking in here.

In its response to Fukushima, Germany was a case study in the benefits of building resilience into a system . In Canada, in the U.S., even in Japan itself, policymakers had to defend the old system and its radioactive components, because their energy regimes were nowhere near ready to transition to anything else. But in Germany, after 10 years of innovative green-powered growth under the most ambitious renewable energy policy on the planet , there were legitimate alternatives close at hand. There was more than one option. And Germany has chosen to go with the one where growth is robust , costs are dropping and technology advancing rapidly — and where no natural phenomenon of any magnitude or unforeseen complexity could possibly lead to a disaster measured in thousands of years.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/energy/blogs/germany-a-c...

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