18 Jul '11, 7am

Wind of discontent | Energy | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

Wind of discontent | Energy | The Earth Times via @earthtimes

The downside of the world's energy solution An environmentalist observing the steady rotation of the hundreds offshore wind turbines at the coast of Germany's North Sea, stretching from the Dutch border all the way up to the islands of Fohr and Sylt, gets a sense of a peaceful tranquility and hopeful enthusiasm: This could be the future of green energy, one possible way to help fight climate change. Meanwhile, the troubles under the surface of the water usually go unnoticed. Recent developments only strengthen the hope of those concerned about climate change. At the end of May, the German government decided to take a turn in its energy policy: By 2022, nuclear power will be completely abandoned - which will inevitably lead to a greater reliance on renewable energy, not least wind power. Environmentalists could not be happier about the push for renewable forces in the polit...

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