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  •  Your language is inflammatory, mate. (0+ / 0-)

    There is absolutely no need for that. The anti-nuke "fervor" in Germany started slowly at the grassroots level inspired by the Green Party 30-odd years ago and was cemented by the Chernobyl incident, when radioactive clouds wafted across their backyards and playgrounds.

    Germany is following its own path, and I have never seen that country trying to impose its non-nuclear path on others. Just because the German people are massively against nuclear power - and that is primarily because they are not confident that human error can ever be ruled out entirely - doesn't mean that everyone else should follow. If they do, that cannot be blamed on Germany. That's just absurd.

    Bad idea? To you maybe. So go there and try to convince them that you're right. But also be advised that they are against coal, as well, and only reluctantly accept gas as a tepid compromise for the time being. I'm talking about the populace, not the government. 16 coal-powered plants have been STOPPED by people power, 11 of those in the last 3 years alone.

    This is the kind of information that gets completely left out in these diaries.

    Here are some Germany per-capita energy statistics, as a percentage of USA per-capita usage:

    Oil use: 51%
    Natural gas: 45%
    Coal: 55%
    Electricity consumption: 53%
    GHG emissions: around 50%

    Seeing that a country with the standard of living and industrial manufacturing base of Germany can get by on half the US per capita amount for electricity and for each of the three major fossil fuels, I would suggest that perhaps a greater need than maintaining the current rate of US energy consumption would be finding ways to consume less outrageous amounts of energy in the first place. Efficiency and conservation projects tend to have faster payback times too.

    Posted by retrograde at
    Statistics on per capita CO2 emissions by country:

    I would say my compatriots have a lot more work to do in their own backyards  than Germany does. And what the German government says it wants to or will do is NOT necessarily what is GOING to happen. Heh. The people are listened to and heard. How about that?

    „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

    by translatorpro on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 03:36:57 AM PDT

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