16 May '11, 1pm

No nukes, No problem. Germany is proving a rapid transition to renewable energy is possible

No nukes, No problem. Germany is proving a rapid transition to renewable energy is possible

The German experience provides a useful case study as the world continues to look for ways to address mounting energy challenges in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Germany is aggressively pursuing a transition away from both nuclear power and from conventional fossil fuels and will likely encounter the challenges – and reap the benefits – of this strategy before other countries. Some analysts have hypothesized that Germany’s 20-year support for renewable energy would place a drag on the economy. However, Germany has rebounded from the financial crisis faster than many other countries around the world and is currently enjoying its strongest economic growth (and lowest unemployment) since its reunification 20 years ago. Renewable energy currently employs 340,000 , compared to 50,000 in the coal industry (from mining to the power plant) and Germany forecasts that its expo...

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