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  •  Interesting and problematic, but (0+ / 0-)

    it's hard to read much into a one-year "trend".

    Also, this is happening in the context of Germany's commitment to phase out nuclear power.

    Germany, which has committed to phase out nuclear power, emitted the equivalent of around 931 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2012, or 14 million tonnes more than a year earlier, the agency said on Monday.

    "Who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?" - George H.W. Bush

    by rsmpdx on Thu May 02, 2013 at 08:43:15 AM PDT

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    •  But it is really crazy in the context (0+ / 0-)

      that if Germany wasn't idiotically closing their nuclear power plants, they'd unambiguously still be reducing emissions.

      Then we wouldn't have to quibble about 1 or 2% upticks or declines from year to year had any significance.

      In any event, most projections show growth in the use of coal over the next several years.

      And even the Germans admit that getting solar and wind above 30 or 35% of electricity supply is an uncertain proposition.  So maybe the coal will be here to stay considerably longer than its alleged "bridge" role would indicate.

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