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(Written by an American expat with a MBA degree in Marketing and resides in the E.U.) My email address: democratsramshield@yahoo(dot)com

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says
BERLIN | Sat May 26, 2012 7:02pm BST

(Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

The idea is that the opponents of green energy most particularly solar are fond of telling us solar has limited market viability because it can't sustain itself in a free market without leeching off the taxpayer. Concurrently they never mention the nearly $72 billion dollars of energy subsidies as expressed in this graphic, that the fossil fuel industry receives, whereas solar receives only $1 billion of that $73 billion dollar pie. The reason that you don't hear about this in the American corporate owned media is that, they have become a big part of the problem. They are a part of the larger so called American corporate structure that is benefiting from this skewed system, as they are themselves owned by the 1%. Even though this story was covered by Reuters (international wire service), you're reading about it on a Daily Kos diary because the corporate media doesn't want to cover it substantially. There is no state owned media such as the BBC to report issues on behalf of the public as advocated for by the former president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger, who endorses an American BBC type network broadcasting on behalf of the American people instead of American media outlets purely being owned outright or supported by the subsidies of corporate America.

As what may only be described as a conscious decision, by de facto the American
corporate owned media has taken the decision to censor this Reuters story on
Germany's new solar world record. As such this diary calls on the activism
of occupiers to Occupy the blogosphere in order to disseminate this story.
Still further if we are going to have a meaningful discussion on any facet of the Occupy Movement to include Occupying for green energy, don't we owe it to ourselves to first look at how the media is covering the Occupy Movement. In doing so don't we have to remember that the American for profit plutocrat owned media is a direct instrumentality of the 1%. Its primary focus is to indoctrinate us as consumers of their media into concision, wherein we are indoctrinated that is to say brainwashed into being so concise, because anything you do or say is sandwiched in between two commercials. This means that you are effectively speaking bludgeoned into agreeing with the dogma of the day in support of the powers that be, or you are made to sound like an absolute lunatic, because you can't possibly, given the straitjacket of concision explain yourself adequately. Therefore the very structure of the American media paradigm is to provide containment for dissenting opinion, rather than promulgating and disseminating free speech by providing a meaningful vehicle of communication for dissenting opinion.  

Germany has become the richest country in the European Union. A position arrived at through high rates of unionization, Germany has become the world's third largest exporter. Also its non-unionized workforce to include even its low wage workers, as a human right enjoy cradle to grave medical, dental, paid sick leave, paid maternity leave and 4 weeks paid vacation, along with subsidized childcare, eldercare, and with university tuition that is so cheap that American students pay more in books than German students pay in tuition per annum. Compared to America, given the fairer distribution of wealth people can elect to pay more for clean, green solar energy as a sensible lifestyle choice.

Quote:"I can't help but think that the relative income equality in places like Germany helps the programs to be so successful and popular—you're going to be much more likely to accept higher costs if you feel like everyone's more or less in it together. This is the case in places like Denmark, too, where there's more equality and publicly tolerated higher electricity costs......
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As an MBA in Marketing I have been educated to understand the modus operandi of American media so called public relations, which in fact is nothing more than propaganda, which had its beginning with Edward Bernays who is the nephew of Sigmund Freud. Concurrently I was educated to understand the externalities of markets are such that they can have far reaching deleterious effects on the environment, because it may well be that markets cannot be trusted as an energy delivery system, even if the problems of energy subsidies are overcome. Even in the hypothetical we are left with the fact that if markets are able to deliver a product between producer and consumer, that is a mutually advantageous proposition, the externalities of the market, given the reality of the profit motive, markets will always fight against sensible environmental regulation. Ergo the idea of markets being a benevolent distribution mechanism for energy becomes a proposition surely at tension with itself.

But given the corporate ownership of the American media this is not a discussion that can be held in the public square of America's airwaves. If the banks fail, if the auto industry fails, if a state government fails, the federal taxpayer can bail them out. But if the environment fails with its far reaching deleterious effects, there can be no bailout for humanity. At which point the question must be asked are commercial markets really a safe delivery mechanism for the energy needs of the public, given the environmental risks, shouldn't energy delivery be entrusted exclusively to government, instead of largely unaccountable corporatist tyrannies.

At this point I'd like to remind you of an inconvenient truth. Two years ago in 2010 an ice sheet 4 times the size of Manhattan Island broke off, and as such sent alarm bells off around the world telling us clearly that the planet is in trouble due to irresponsible corporate citizens, whose actions have promulgated global warming type events according to the Scientific community.  

A giant ice island has broken off the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland.

A University of Delaware researcher says the floating ice sheet covers 100
square miles -- more than four times the size of New York's Manhattan Island.


Clearly this Daily Kos diary will attract dissenting opinion which is to be expected. It will also attract so called paid professional bloggers who will troll this kind of progressive, environmental diary espouses the adoption of green energy. They will tell you that as an article of faith with religious zealotry that the invisible hand of the market must be trusted to provide a solution. Clearly this is an outright prevarication with no truth to it whatsoever. The truth is unaccountable private corporate tyrannies are responsible for getting us in this mess. Additionally I've been educated to understand that the so called American free market economy has a substantial illusory quality attached to it as the state dynamic sector in all developed economies is responsible for the affluence that we see. That in fact any economy without a vibrant state dynamic sector, as espoused by Libertarians, is in fact a third world economy. Briefly let's take for example what we are using at the moment to communicate with which is the computer which came out of the state dynamic sector developed by the Dept of Defense, with over 3 decades of public investment.

At which point that technology paid for by the taxpayer was finally turned over to the corporatist to be patented and marketed for private profit. Exactly the same thing is true of numerous other innovations, so why shouldn't it be true for government subsidies of green energy, especially solar. Why don't the Corporatists own up to the fact that if it weren't for their corporate subsidies providing them research and development at taxpayer cost, they would likely be out of business. In fact many of them would never have even been in business, and that's the real truth about the American economy, that the corporatists in America really don't want to own up to, yet it is the truth, which is the arcane truth that is withheld from the great American working class who through exploitation of low wage slavery are prevented from fully participating in the wealth that they themselves generate through their own hard work in the neo-feudalist state of America in 2012. This has swollen the ranks of the nouveau poor to the point where the question must be asked, is anyone safe from the unbridled avarice of America's 1%. Is the planet safe from the reckless abandonment of their robber baron tactics!  

To win in America against the GOP lead class warfare, all we have to do is to care about each other and stick together! If we are looking for change we must look to the Occupy movement to provide that peaceful nonviolent approach to change in helping to elect better progressive politicians to public office. The Occupy movement and the
American unions are the last great hope of the American working class dream!!

PS: Another diary that I wrote that deserves your attention pertains to the creation of high wage green jobs that cannot be outsourced through the implementation of hi-speed rail in America, which is badly lacking behind the European Union.
Title: Why is the airtravelers refrain don't grope my stuff preferable to all aboard with hi-speed rail!


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Originally posted to Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Global Expats, and Kosowatt.

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    sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

    by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:37:33 AM PDT

  •  I'm in Germany now (69+ / 0-)

    I heard this news on Germany television.

    Last week my spouse and I went from Dusseldorf to Berlin on an ICE, a fast train.  The trip took four hours and we were right at the main train station in Berlin.  At times it reached 250 km/hour and it was very, very smooth.

    I recognize that Germany has 80 million people leaving in a space that is smaller than California.  However, there are parts of the US where such a train should be up and running now.

    I'm in a bedroom community of Dusseldorf.  The public transportation system to get anywhere in this region, from Cologne to Essen, is incredible.  

    My spouse just returned from the local baker, two blocks away, with fresh bread that requires us to drive 60 miles to get.

    What a horrible socialist hell to be living in.

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:49:19 AM PDT

  •  The Republican party is too narrow minded... (31+ / 0-)

    to see the obvious advantage of developing solar and wind power over fossil fuels.

    Their tiny, little minds can't grasp the concept that renewable sources of energy are not only good for the planet; they also generate more profit for those who would produce it while delivering cleaner and more inexpensive energy to consumers.

    They also can't comprehend the fundamental notion that renewable energy is a better and more profitable investment than finite fossil fuel simply for the fact that it's renewable.

    If we can't figure out a way to expand our minds to the possibilities of the future... America is doomed to live (and die) in the past.  

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:41:25 AM PDT

  •  So glad that (12+ / 0-)

    You made such a strong post on this subject. I saw the news prominently reported in Norwegian media yesterday - nada in NY. This must obviously be supressed.

    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

    by ask on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:19:24 AM PDT

  •  "cost" is a red herring. (18+ / 0-)

    Bottom line is, nothing will ever be as cheap as fossil fuels.  But petroleum is subject to peak oil and declining output, and coal will cause a climate catastrophe.  So in the end both of those are "too expensive."

    The only thing that matters is science & engineering.  

    The science tells us we have no choice but to switch out of fossil fuels.  The engineering tells us that doing so is entirely feasible within today's technologies, and becoming more so at each step of technology improvement.

    If Germany wants to shut down its nuclear reactors, the only way forward is to grow their renewables base.  If they keep setting records in solar output, excellent.  The main thing is to get away from the coal, which is truly the most dangerous form of energy on the planet.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:37:22 AM PDT

    •  To G2geek Great post Thanks for the support! (4+ / 0-)

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:47:11 AM PDT

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    •  "Costs" are also discounted as... (9+ / 0-)

      ...only the concern of those making profit. Therefore only their considerations should matter and the rest of us...well, we should just deal with "the natural order of things."

      Societal investment is always a longer endeavor. You build a road, bridge or other piece of infrastructure not just for the next couple of years, but (ideally) for the next couple of generations. I see Renewable Energy the very same way. The Germans know they are paying a cost premium to build up their solar capacity. If they had decided that the "solution" was to radically step up safety and security and concentrate on "next gen nuclear", that would have been a cost premium as well (a much bigger one than Nuclear proponents will admit as much of the technology they say is possible is still largely theoretical). They have chosen longer term Energy Security (as well as Environmental impact) as a value to be included with all other cost and benefit considerations. And that is a valid valuation that we here in the States are being constantly told is frivolous, irrelevant, silly, non-economic or any other term intended to denigrate an assertion of Community Interests.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:26:20 AM PDT

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    •  As for the costs: (3+ / 0-)
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      at the moment, growing renewable energies means additional (if well warrantable) costs to the consumers in Germany ... (actually, the subsidies for coal and nuclear are carefully hidden, rarely talked about and each about the same amount as the additional costs for renewables if you don't take the costs of a potential nuclear accident, storage of nuclear waste for half a million years  or the costs of climate change into account)but on the other hand it shouldn't. Certainly it should mean much smaller costs.
      A lot of the additional costs for renewables is offset by financial  advantages for the electricity suppliers which have sort of developed from the situation. For example, the fact that solar panels deliver a lot of energy around noon means that the prices for peak electricity on the stockmarket at noon have fallen drastically.
      That means significant savings (for the electricity suppliers; peak energy is extremely expensive). But those savings have not been passed on to the customers.
      It is oh, so much easier to keep the cash whilst all the time complaining - about the costs of renewables, of course.

      The future is renewable.

      by KiB on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:46:24 AM PDT

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      •  Let's quantify those costs... (0+ / 0-)

        Germany, kilowatt hour, 27 cents
        US, kilowatt hour, 12 cents

        We've already had a 12 year period of stagnant wages.  The last thing the working and middle-class needs is an energy tax.

        Also, in Palo Alto, arguably the most affluent town in the US, and very Democratic, given a choice to use renewable power, only 21% of households opted for it.


        Meanwhile, the federal government just provided Virgin Galactic a concession to emit as much CO2, per capita,  on a boondoggle to the upper reaches of the atmosphere as one burns on a trip from LA to Boston.

        So, given that the government just gave Richard Branson a license to emit CO2 on such a questionable activity, am I supposed to believe that it cares about CO2?

        I do believe that the government wants to raise more money, is too scared to tax the really wealthy (Larry Ellison, Warren Buffet), so it sees an energy tax as a convenient way to tax the disenfranchised.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

        by PatriciaVa on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:00:17 PM PDT

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        •  I'll just stay with the German (4+ / 0-)
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          prices as I don't have much time.
          - the current costs for renewables are 3,6 cents (Euro) per kWh
          (not, as you might think, 15 cents, careful)
          but as I said you must also take the fact into consideration that there are financial advantages; as I would have to look them up and don't have the time, I'll leave it there
          - I know for a fact that 27 cents is incorrect. I happen to live in Germany, my energy supplier is certainly not the cheapest but I pay 24,8 cents and prices in general have been going up in the last years - where did they get their numbers from?

          By the way, those 3,6 cents are not a tax; they are paid to the energy supplier and are used to pay a standardised (specific and decreasing) price for energy from renewable plants. It's a bit complicated but very worthwile.

          Because of the law that guarantees the growth of renewables, 400,000 jobs have been created in recent years in renewable energies (I am not talking about the bakers who deliver the bread) in Germany. It is amazing, outstanding.

          It would be extremely good for the US to imitate and adapt the German law (EEG).
          By the way, the EEG is not part of emission trading- that's
          another issue.

          Sorry, got to go.

          The future is renewable.

          by KiB on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:41:45 PM PDT

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    •  Right now they compensate for shutting down (1+ / 0-)
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      nuclear reactors mostly by buying more natural gas. But they are growing renewables as well as the diary says so hopefully the gas thing is temporary.

    •  record (1+ / 0-)
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      Actually, this record was due to an unusually sunny spring over here. Personally, I would gladly have forgone this record-breaking solar output in favour of more rain, because it has been awfully dry. In Lower Saxony they had to do wildfire air patrols already. Luckily, it finally rained yesterday.

      I agree on the engineering; what we really need is some way to store solar and wind energy, probably higher efficiency in generating hydrogen from water.
      Disagree on coal being dangerous for the planet. It is not. Not at all. All that carbon in the coal was in the once upon a time, before those trees which took it up got buried. Nuclear power plants generate radioactive and highly toxic waste. This can destroy all life. CO2 won't. It may well destroy civilization, but not all life. ^^

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:27:43 PM PDT

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    •  "nothing will ever be as cheap as fossil fuels" (2+ / 0-)
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      Not quite:
      As our usage continues in the post-peak-production era, the cost of fossil fuels is going to increase to the point at which other technologies will be cheaper.

      The cost to extract the stuff, the cost of transport, will  combine with continued demand to send the price of fossil fuels into the stratosphere ...

      If, however, you mean no other technology will be as cheap as fossil fuels had been historically, that's probably true - except in the case of solar hot water. You don't get much cheaper than a black box, a hunk of glass, and some pipes with water (or antifreeze) in 'em.

    •  Disagree (2+ / 0-)
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      You say nothing will ever be as cheap as fossil fuels. But that is only if you exclude the military cost of safeguarding production and transportation of oil. When you add those hundreds of billions of dollars per year to the cost, fossil fuels are anything but cheap.

      Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

      by edg on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 02:42:48 PM PDT

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  •  Not the Once Leading U.S. (8+ / 0-)

    That once led in many area's of economic and innovative growth across many many area's, that started being striped away some forty years back, as to alternatives and special interests blocking same, then giving our many experienced innovative trades to others. And now many finally getting their wish and destroying more then just unions but all workers rights and the respect they deserve from their experience and once innovative economic growth contributions!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 03:50:09 AM PDT

    •  to jimstaro - you're right (9+ / 0-)

      There is too much old money from the plutocracy invested in propping up the old fossil fuel system, which is also being massively subsidized by the taxpayer. It is a sad scandal.

      Equally upsetting is that there seems to be a news blackout as to countries around the world who are making great strides in green technologies. The American media consistently ignores these stories. It is difficult to believe that this is by accident as opposed to design. Especially in view of the fact that American media outlets are owned by corporate America. Gee talk about not biting the hand that feeds you!

      Who in the media speaks for working class Americans. I say that it's time for us all to take a good strong look at Dr Bollinger's proposal to publicly support a BBC type system in America that is publicly owned and works in the public interest, just like the award winning BBC network does for the people of Britain and Europe. No wonder Murdoch hates the BBC!

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:03:10 AM PDT

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      •  Some are finally getting it (4+ / 0-)

        Along with the below but in the energy sector Duke energy has been investing in alternatives all over, trouble is because we're not doing much here they are also partnering with Chinese firms, in China, and building whole cities that are designed to be clean and all alternative renewable energy sources.

        After some forty years of the special interests, the auto industry being one, successfully blocking the growth of the alternative and clean energy technologies, same still trying to, an industry with spin offs, it's about time!

        Rebuilding Michigan Economy, Making it the Silicon Valley of Mobility
        May 31, 2012 - Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford calls for implementation of key policy reforms to ensure Michigan's competitiveness and spur future innovation

        Bill Ford says Michigan can become the Silicon Valley of mobility, lead the generation of more high-tech jobs and help solve the challenge of urban mobility through integration of vehicle and communications technologies

        Ford announces Motor City Innovation Exchange, a collaboration between Ford Motor Company, TechShop Detroit, AutoHarvest and TechTown to encourage Michigan innovators and entrepreneurs; affordable work/hacker space and support also being offered to spur job-creating businesses

        At today's Mackinac Policy Conference, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford calls for key policy reform and the need to foster innovation as critical to ensuring Michigan's competitiveness and creating new, high-tech jobs.

        "While Michigan is the home of the auto industry, the trends affecting our industry offer a great opportunity to make it the home of a variety of other industries as well," said Bill Ford. "We are heading in the right direction to grow Michigan by putting the right policies in place and investing in Michigan's future."


        "No other sector of the economy creates as many spinoff jobs as the auto sector. For each job created in autos, nine more jobs are created to support it," said Ford. "In the past two years, half of the new jobs that have been created here were manufacturing-related."

        Continuing to lead the green transformationFord also highlighted the benefits Michigan has realized by being at the center of exciting developments in green technology, including electric vehicles and battery innovation.  read more>>>

        Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

        by jimstaro on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:36:05 AM PDT

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    •  If People Actually Listened (4+ / 0-)

      I've been as to what the youngster Obama has been saying since the campaign and continues to but most follow the wingnut talking points instead, especially the pols and talking heads, from the media right to sites like this, which is exactly what they want you too! Why youngster, because I grew up in and then into what this country was once doing economically and leading the world in growth in many area's. He on the other hand was still young when the country switched into what they still call capitalism but most certainly is not, only the selected share in the rewards of their labor and those doing don't actually do much which could be called productive innovative labor, but he apparently was very aware of what those around him, and others, were doing and understood that all changed, even if he speaks sometimes of reagan.

      If we had started doing what Germany and others have as the economy collapsed, investing in alternatives, especially with the collapse of construction across the board and the innovative trades of which could have finally started training younger trades people, and the long ignored infrastructure, instead of allowing a so called political party block it all with their special interest help, we would have been out of this mess long ago and well on our way to regrowth and rebirth in this country. Those jobs created would have spun off tons of other jobs in the service sectors to the manufacturing sectors to the construction sectors and beyond!

      The 'climate change' deniers meme's are the newer diversions of the past some forty years ago to continue blocking economic growth we once were a leader in. Around the same time we started shipping our trades off shore, not just the once companies, they are now rapidly moving forward, we stagnate and fall in many area's.

      By the way, the recovery funds, i.e. the stimulus, did create jobs which in turn created spin off jobs and in many communities those spin offs especially continue, trouble was it wasn't enough, blocked from being so, and not accompanied by them famous 'job creator's' private investments of equal or more amounts in our past some thirty years of the con of reanomic free market capitalism!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:58:21 AM PDT

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  •  New Line - We Used to be #1 (2+ / 0-)
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    The empire is in decline.

    But we have TV and shopping and the most wonderful military in the world!

    All that is needed is to reelect Obama and things will be OK!

    We are #1! We are #1!

    The propaganda directors sing the same song from every angle.

  •  I had an inkling of German solar efficiency many (14+ / 0-)

    years ago, when a woman I worked with described the house she had lived in over there.  It was situated in such a way as to take full advantage of solar heating.  It had reflective tiles on it to catch and store solar energy.  She described her heating bills as being almost negligible, even though she and her family were perfectly warm in the winter in their house.  Don't remember the exact details--I've been retired for years so haven't had any subsequent chances to discuss it with her.

    NOVA on PBS did a documentary on the development of alternative energy in Germany a few years ago.  I watched it and was heartsick that the USA had let slip such an opportunity.

    We are a has-been country, I'm afraid.  The corporate grip on the media and government have hamstrung any hope of innovation in certain fields.  Pretty soon we're going to be where Spain was in the 20th century and where the Arab world is now--backward.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:50:50 AM PDT

  •  We are busy converting our home (12+ / 0-)

    to wind and solar energy.  We have already cut our power bill in half and, as we add more panels and a bigger wind generator, hope to have a zero power bill within a couple of years.

    love the fetus, hate the child

    by Raggedy Ann on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:02:54 AM PDT

  •  It is astounding to me that (12+ / 0-)

    so many think nuclear energy is the way to go in boiling water to make steam turbines run, when the sun can do the same thing for free and more safely.

    Have you had a look at Spain's Solar Tower Technology?

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

    by SaraBeth on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:07:42 AM PDT

    •  Perhaps Spain is not the best example (1+ / 0-)
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      of much right now. We should probably stick with Germany.

      Obama: The old economy was his fault, the new economy is his fault, and the European economy is probably his fault. The man just can't win.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:10:28 AM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately, shutting down nuclear plants (0+ / 0-)

      is driving Germany to replace them with coal. Talk about cutting off your nose because you're afraid of tsunamis in Western Europe.

      Meanwhile, the total volume of nuclear waste generated by supplying one American with electricity for their lifetime would fit in a soda can.  And the number of fatalities from Western nuclear accidents remains zero.

      If you can find a news article with dose information from the Fukushima plant, I would be thrilled.  Or a mention of the half-life of the cesium people keep freaking out about (hint: it's really short) In their zeal for sensationalism, the media conspicuously neglects to put the numbers in context.

      •  The big electricity suppliers are trying to (3+ / 0-)
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        stick with their dinosaur technologies no matter what in Germany. There is no need for coal plants. Big electricity suppliers simply like them.They didn't really want 20% renewables to happen. In fact, there was a famous ad by them in the 90s in Germany in which they told people, that more than 4% renewables was completely and objectively impossibe.

        Coal plants means a lot of things to them
        - they guarantee market dominance (you don't want all those pesky citizens generating energy in small decentralized plants, hell no)
        - they have been good for maximizing profits
        - they don't endanger profits from the plants they already own; with 20% renewables and growing you are getting a lot of fluctuation; you don't want to have to shut down your coal plants too often it gets in the way of profits; the more renewables there are, the less viable lots of the base load plants become because renewables mean a different system

        So the energy suppliers try to influence policies so as to get money from all kinds of funds and somehow make new coal plants viable even with european emission trading (co2 certificates are very cheap at the moment but I wouldn't bet on them staying like that now that electricity suppliers will have to pay for all of what they need starting 2013). Well. I personally wouldn't put my money on them even if I didn't see ethical problems.

        In fact, the best option for the German government would be to make a law that prohibits building new coal plants and regulates phasing them out.
        That would also allow the market to organize itself more coherently around the new concepts: more renewables, more efficiency, more storage (combined heat and power gas plants ok as a bridging technology for some time)
        And it would mean energy suppliers won't waste money that they could profitably invest to everybody's benefit.

        The future is renewable.

        by KiB on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:14:52 AM PDT

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      •  soda can (4+ / 0-)
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        Right. And how many thousand people can you poison with that waste in the soda can?

        Nuclear waste needs to be safely stored for more than twice as long as civilization has been in existance. Safely untouched through all future wars, catastrophes, changes of language/coding/labeling ...
        Not going to happen.

        Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

        by intruder from Old Europe on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:38:37 PM PDT

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        •  First of all, at the rate we're burning fossil (0+ / 0-)

          fuels, there won't be a civilization to worry too much about in a pretty short (history-wise) amount of time.

          I think that if we could go 100% carbon-neutral (and no, biofuels are absolutely not carbon neutral) that would be fantastic.  Since we're not there yet, and global warming ain't waiting, we need to use nuclear.  It's the coal replacement we invented 70 years ago.

          But more to the point of  your comment regarding the number of people who would be poisoned: not very many people.  The stuff that lasts a long time is by definition extremely low level.  The stuff that gives off huge dosages when it comes out of a reactor does so and then is finished.  So again, an intelligent debate about waste is impossible without broad dissemination of the science behind doses.  

          Some food for thought: the long-term dose monitors that nuclear workers wear (basically a special type of film that's worn all the time on the job, and developed each month.  Count the spots where it was exposed to high energy particles) come with a stern warning: don't take this on an airplane.  Because the amount of cosmic radiation you're exposed to will white-out the badge, and cause a massive panic when the nuclear facility develops it and thinks you fell into the waste pool :-P

          Since I'm a physicist and not a nuclear engineer, I don't have the numbers committed to memory regarding half-lives of reactor by-products.  But the biggest risk is due to chemicals that naturally accumulate in  your body.

          For example, potassium accumulates in the thyroid whether or not it's radioactive.  So if you're exposed to an unusually high amount of radioactive potassium, your thyroid absorbs a disproportionate dose compared to the rest of your body.

          Compare that with Cesium, which does not accumulate anywhere in particular, and which therefore gets excreted pretty rapidly simply because your body doesn't allow a chemical imbalance to build up.

          A great book on the whole issue is "Power to Save the World" by Gwynneth Cravens.  She set out to write a well researched take-down of nuclear power  and ended up brainwashed or something :-P

          Finally, in case you didn't already think coal was bad, you get over 4 times the radiation exposure from coal plants as from the whole nuclear fuel cycle :-)  "According to U.S. NCRP reports, population exposure from 1000-MWe power plants amounts to 490 person-rem/year for coal power plants and 4.8 person-rem/year for nuclear plants during normal operation, the latter being 136 person-rem/year for the complete nuclear fuel cycle.[16]"

          •  We have the technological means to go carbon (0+ / 0-)

            neutral even without nukes.  Now it's just a matter of implementing it.

            "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

            by Lawrence on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 04:40:37 PM PDT

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          •  coal is bad but so is nuclear (0+ / 0-)

            I'm just opposed to this picture "one soda can nuclear waste per person, oh, that is so little, that is harmless for sure". We are 7 billion on this planet. That waste, once created, will stay with us for millennia. It will accumulate and simply can not be safely handled / locked away.

            Radiation aside (and reportedly plants do take in cesium a lot, and pass it to humans when eaten), uranium and plutonium are simply highly toxic. And they won't go away.

            Nuclear energy was never invented as a coal replacement, I'm pretty sure, but only as an alibi for military technology.

            I totally agree that shutting down nuclear power plants which are operating well and reasonably safely only to replace them with more coal plants makes no sense. But by and large, nuclear is not a good option either and needs to be shut down soon.

            That aside, whatever Germany does, coal-wise, will have close to zero impact. The big player these days is China.

            Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

            by intruder from Old Europe on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:57:28 PM PDT

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          •  I'll tell you what.... (0+ / 0-)

            when you move your family to live within ten miles of Fukushima, you may convince me that nuclear energy is safe.

            "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

            by SaraBeth on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 03:58:00 AM PDT

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      •  not exactly (0+ / 0-)

        Causation was, is, and ever shall be a slippery bitch, so we're best sticking with noting the facts

        by jam on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:16:59 AM PDT

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  •  Might Want to Drop By the Slightly Newer Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:51:44 AM PDT

  •  To Win in America Somebody Has to Figure Out How (5+ / 0-)

    we can make contact with the Americans. And then we have to figure out how we might inform them.

    Occupy got one concept through once.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:59:54 AM PDT

  •  Generate 15 to 60 mil. Additional Jobs Globally (3+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat, KiB, Lawrence

    And for each of those the spin off jobs created, especially if these were paid according to real capitalism ideology of sharing in the fruits of ones labor, would be astronomical in numbers, especially in the poorer countries!!

    Transition to green economy 'could yield up to 60m jobs'
    31 May, 2012 - The transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty, according to a new report led by the Green Jobs Initiative.

    The study "Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economysays that these gains will depend on whether the right set of policies are put in place.

    "The current development model has proven to be inefficient and unsustainable, not only for the environment, but for economies and societies as well", said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. "We urgently need to move to a sustainable development path with a coherent set of policies with people and the planet at the centre".

    "The forthcoming "Rio+20" United Nations conference will be a crucial moment to make sure decent work and social inclusion are integral parts of any future development strategy", he added.

    Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said: "This report comes on the eve of World Environment Day on 5 June under the theme Green Economy: Does it Include You?".

    "The findings underline that it can include millions more people in terms of overcoming poverty and delivering improved livelihoods for this and future generations. It is a positive message of opportunity in a troubled world of challenges that we are relaying to capital cities across the globe as leaders prepare and plan for the Rio+20 Summit," he added.  read more>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 06:03:58 AM PDT

    •  I remember a study released by Greenpeace Germany (0+ / 0-)

      on replacing a coal plant with renewables. Part of the study was about permanent jobs. The renewables would have created almost ten times the amount of jobs  the coal plant created.

      The future is renewable.

      by KiB on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:19:14 AM PDT

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  •  Germany to Greece: No Austerity, No Aid (0+ / 0-)

    for you!

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 06:15:03 AM PDT

  •  Germany sets solar power record (5+ / 0-)

    I received the Reuters UK article about this several days ago and expected to hear about in on the nightly news. It is quite an amazing feat, after all. But...NOTHING. Our corporate media obviously cherry picks and manipulates what Americans should know. No wonder so many are ill informed.

    It also brings SOLYNDRA to mind, the failed California solar panel company. Obama got a lot of flack for subsidizing it, but  he took the right path. GREEN ENERGY is the way to go and all new industries have a higher risk than others. Germany's success story tells us "it can be done". And some day it must be done in the US as well, no matter oil lobbyists, corrupted politicians  and tea party objections. They are the past. We need to  prepare for the future.

    •  Solar is no longer a media darling (2+ / 0-)
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      It once was a cute alternative, then it grew and began to threaten large utilities and fossil fuel companies.

      The irony with Solyndra is their technology failed in the marketplace. Silicon prices dropped dramatically as production ramped up globally. Solyndra offered an alternative technology and was priced out of the market. The right-wing MSM screamed socialism sucks ! They could not have been more wrong and off point (as usual).

      -7.5 -7.28, I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.

      by Blueslide on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:28:03 AM PDT

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  •  All of the solar companies in MI have gone (3+ / 0-)

    bankrupt.   I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with the viability of the product as much as the lack of interest in anything that is progressive and good for the country.

    "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

    by dkmich on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:29:15 AM PDT

  •  Germany should help Spain with solar power (2+ / 0-)
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    The same solar units that produce 22 gigawatts in Germany now would probably produce 26 gigawatts in sunnier Spain, and they would produce all year round, not just in the late spring and the summer.

    Germany should send future solar subsidies to Spain to help Spain keep its construction industry alive.  They could do it at zero-interest long-term loans to Spain, and save money by doing so, since the rate of return in Germany without subsidied is less than zero.  Spain would benefit too.  Spain's rate of return over a long period is more than zero, even without subsidies, due to more sun.

    Better to do this than just to tax German people to bail out the Spanish economy.

  •  why is your MBA relevant? (1+ / 0-)
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    (This diary was written by an American expat who holds an MBA degree in Marketing
    Why is it important to you to mention that as the first line of your diary?

    "The dirty secret is that Obama is a moderate conservative. If I were a liberal democrat, I probably would be upset." Bruce Bartlett

    by DrReason on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:39:15 AM PDT

    •  To DrReason - (2+ / 0-)
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      maybeeso in michigan, MeToo

      With an MBA in marketing I've been trained in public relations and therefore understand the propaganda issues at play here, along with the issues of media censorship. So now that I've answered your question, maybe you could explain to our readers why you have called me out on this issue? As I note, you did not recommend this diary and clearly don't support what it is that we're doing here. So I thought I'd give you an opportunity to amplify  on your post if you would please consent to doing so?

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:12:43 AM PDT

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    •  to DrReason - Please be reasonable (1+ / 0-)
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      I think that the diary is quite clear that in expressing my opinion as  a marketing professional, that the free markets have done a poor job and cannot be trusted to provide for the energy needs of the American people.

      Additionally that the market externalities are such that they pose inherent substantial environmental hazards, which have already had far reaching deleterious effects.  

      If you feel that I'm wrong please tell us why?

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:23:35 AM PDT

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    •  to DrReason - one final quick thought (2+ / 0-)
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      sunny skies, MeToo

      I appreciate that we in America prostrate ourselves in front of the altar of the market, and pray to the marketing Gods because a market has to be the solution to everything. Yet the market fails to provide clean solar energy.

      In fact the market has failed to provide us with this Reuters wire service story, otherwise I wouldn't have felt induced to diary about it. They just ignored the story. It is a marketing failure. As a marketer I think when the market fails we should point that out before there's another market crash just like there was in 08.

      To that end I hope that you and some of the other readers will respond to the market's flaws as they're pointed out in this diary.

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:37:15 AM PDT

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  •  One of the most ridiculous things in the world, (1+ / 0-)
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    no offense intended, is the elevation of the MBA over science.

    The use of a little bit of what's called "math" would be useful, instead of the mindless - and incredibly expensive - solar cheerleading.

    A "gigawatt" is a unit of power, not a unit of energy.

    The mindless marketing scheme dishonestly used by the expensive highly subsidized solar industry - subsidized often at the expense of education, environmental protection, health care, etc. - attempts to represent peak power on a bright sunny day at noon as a comparitor to a nuclear plant.

    The capacity utilization at the latitude and climate of Germany for solar power is roughly 10%.   Thus the production from the highly misrepresented "33 GW" is actually about "3 GW" of nuclear power, except that the nuclear plant does not require backup from the dangerous gas plants that the Germans operate, dumping the waste - without treatment - directly into earth's atmosphere.

      For the entire planet, after nearly six decades of mindless cheering for solar energy, the production from the solar money sucking scam is 0.272  This translates, using simple conversion factors to less than 0.29 exajoules.

    Right now humanity the entire planet is using 520 exajoules of energy, or about 180,000% greater than the entire planetary production from solar PV energy, which by the way has sucked up hundreds of billions of dollars & euros for no meaningful result.

    We just set an all time record for the concentration of dangerous fossil fuel wastes in the planetary atmosphere.

    The main reason that this is the case is our extreme willingness to lie to ourselves and represent that doing nothing - but spending huge amounts of money to do it - is the same as doing something.

    Humanity deserves what it is going to get.

    Have a nice weekend.

    •  To NNadir - Please read (3+ / 0-)
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      You do present an interesting postulate, before I’m fully able to engage your post it would be helpful if you would further amplify in your position and provide links so that our readers can better understand the polemic.

      Honestly I am not at all inclined to defend my fellow MBAs especially in view of the fact that most members from our profession reside on the conservative side of the house. Be that as it may, Germany certainly has found a sensible fusion in promulgating good science, clean green energy and a market distribution modus operandi that works. Should you be prepared to extend yourself further by posting then I would like to quite thank you for your anticipated indulgence attended upon the same. Clearly this is a discussion that America has to engage in, albeit despite the censorship of the corporatist media in a humble forum comprise of citizen journalism.

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:44:53 AM PDT

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    •  percentage (2+ / 0-)
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      The capacity utilization at the latitude and climate of Germany for solar power is roughly 10%.   Thus the production from the highly misrepresented "33 GW" is actually about "3 GW"
      10% of what? The cited news from Reuters say 22 gigawatts were actually produced. No mention of capacity.
      except that the nuclear plant does not require backup from the dangerous gas plants that the Germans operate,
      But it does. As far as I know, nuclear plants have a steady output and need additional coal-, gas- or water power plants, which are quickly adjustable, to meet peak demand just as well.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 12:55:11 PM PDT

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      •  "10%" meaning you have, say (0+ / 0-)

        (nnadir got the quantity of power wrong, it was "22GWs" not "33GWs" ) 22GWs of installed capacity which is slightly lower than Germany's actual capacity but I'm sure someone has that number.

        But energy, as opposed to "nameplate capacity" is measured in the quantity of energy put out per unit of time, say an hours, thus, "GW hour". So the "22 GWs of solar" output for about 3 hours, 66GWhrs. But on a daily basis, for 3 hours, this represents a capacity FACTOR of 10% (actually it's 8% but I'm making up the 3 hours, just using it as an example).

        Thus the real energy number expressed as CF sucks, quite literally. The other 92% of the energy comes from...gas, coal, nuclear, a bit of hydro, perhaps nuclear imports from France, and so on. This is why this "achievement" brings a big yawn to those that understand energy generation and usage.

        The SINGLE nuclear plant rated at 1 GW will produce, without fail, 24GWhrs, or about a 1/3 of the total energy produced by solar PV that one day. And so so, 24/7, 365. With a refueling outage for a few weeks every 18 months, it's CF is around 92%. It's just a comparison guide. Make what you want out of it. But it's what German utilities actually look out when making decisions based on usage.


        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 08:38:02 AM PDT

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    •  and nuclear wastes are somehow more (0+ / 0-)


      heh. nice try.

      RMoney wants to take this country for a ride the way he did his dog Seamus.... how do you pronounce that? Shame US... and that's exactly how he operates.

      by MeToo on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 02:41:36 PM PDT

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  •  great diary! (2+ / 0-)
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    Important stuff. Thanks!

  •  Anyone who has visited Europe or Asia (5+ / 0-)

    comes back a true believer when it comes to hi-speed rail transit. I'm one of those. However, i tend to be sceptical that most americans are willing to try this. I think too many have been brainwashed about a car culture that gives them convience and privacy. It also gives them pollution and higher costs due to gas, insurance and repairs. But, thanks for the diary.Keep trying to convert people. It can only help.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:03:14 AM PDT

  •  The southernmost town in Germany lies (7+ / 0-)

    at about the same latitude as Bismarck, North Dakota/Seattle, WA in the United States. (approx 47°N)

    So about 95% of the continental US gets more sun than Germany. At the same time, Germany's landmass is about 5% of the continental US.

    And which deserts are famous in Germany?

    Then add in US continental tidal shorelines (about 86,000 miles) as compared to Germanys (1,500 miles) -- and Germany is at not quite 2%.

    Then there's windswept areas and rivers abounding.

    So... gosh, a massive number of unemployed; a pissing away of lives and trillions on securing fossil fuels while making the world our enemy;  

    yo! US Candidates for Office! Where's the mystery on fixing our economy and securing our national defense? Someone in our Public Life, say something please.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:00:27 AM PDT

  •  Media Central: Occupy and the Blogosphere failures (3+ / 0-)
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    DR, you touched on the core problem we face in this country: our mass-reach Centralized Media, through format and design, is the determinative factor in ALL political outcomes.

    Media Central requires Candidates buy their Admission Ticket to the Public Stage, which costs a fortune able to be provided easily by the largest corporations. So right there, any threat to corporate interests is automatically excluded from Politics.

    And should a person get enough money to get public notice without the Corporate Ticket, then there's how that person gets treated by the talking heads. If they run counter to convention they are painted as kooks or extremists.

    Then Media decides whether to exclude or include any particular issue; and again, how it is treated if permitted in the Public Space.

    And all the aforesaid applies to economics, energy, war, national priorities, etc, as well as elections.

    But Media Central is not just an outlet for the 1%. Corporate Media is the very core, the lynchpin, of what allows the 1% dominance over our lives: effectively excluding the American people from any say in it's own governance.

    Mind you, it's not just the left which hates Corporate Media as it stands. Among regular folk, it is in fact the entire political spectrum of the US which reviles it. And the disgust is even higher among people not particularly political, but just socially active (parents, church-goers, teachers and savants, etc).

    For some reason though, perhaps it's ubiquity, there has been almost no organized and unrelenting assault by the Left, Occupy, the Blogosphere on the manifest and inarguable key to our collective lives: the de facto monopoly on public discourse. Yes, brushfires are addressed, but Media sets a dozen brushfires a day while we can beat out one a week.

    After 17 years of hearing "the internet will change everything" and everything which matters getting worse, it is a more than a bit foolish and blind to say "ah, who cares, Mass-Media will fade." Well it hasn't, and it won't.

    The Gates Have NOT been Crashed.

    The key distinction is that the internet is a voluntary method of getting information; while mass-reach media gets an identical impression out to every single person within a day or two whether they search to hear it or not. (And yes, this includes you, dear reader, who does not even own a tv or radio.)

    The Internet vs Mass-Reach is not so much a case of apples & oranges but of matches and batteries of flame-throwers. Even if the internet is "new and improved."

    So... the first and foremost task is to assault the Mass-reach, Centralized, Media. To break it up into thousands, tens of thousands, of locally-owned and controlled outlets.

    Without that being achieved, the people keep losing the War for Control of our Lives, no matter what minor skirmishes we win. And even those "wins" take much longer and cost much more than they should.

    We're just stupid if we don't set breaking up the Media-as-is as THE strategic priority. Just plain stupid, even if witty.

    And certain to lose.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:26:50 AM PDT

  •  Greece could be better option (0+ / 0-)

    Germany is all well and good, but renewables are a better option for Greece.

    It would work on my levels.

    •  Maybe, but ... (1+ / 0-)
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      I fear if we moved Germany south into Greece to get some more sun, the Greek might object. ^^

      Radio news reports today said Greece might face major power outages next week, because at least 30% of their power plants use gas, and the predominant gas company is broke.
      Unfortunately building up renewables there will take years, even if the EU pays. (Reportedly, there are outstanding offers of EU funds for such, due to bureaucratic backlog in Greece. Or maybe bureaucrats in Brussels refused to pay bribes.)
      It's not only solar. With so much coastline as Greece has, they should also look into wind and tidal.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:20:16 PM PDT

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      •  That's not how the EIB works in Europe (0+ / 0-)

        In order to get those funds, you have to pony up a lot of money. All those structural funds require deep investment from the state.

        Greece is obviously broke. That's why they don't qualify for structural projects. It's a Catch-22 situation.

        I've always advised that one should be careful when people make comments such as, Greece has been awarded 15 billion in structural funds over the last 14 years. Well, they managed to land only 20% of the funds they've been awarded!! and this is not atypical at all in the poorer EU countries.

        There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

        by upstate NY on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 06:45:27 PM PDT

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  •  I think your graphic is off by a factor of 7 (0+ / 0-)

    Not sure, but I think the original source of the "$72 B" in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry is a September 2009 study by the Environmental Law Instutute,which calculated a $72 B subsidy for a study period of FY 2002-2008, a 7 year period.  
    Your graphic claims $72 B per year.
    I found the ELI study here.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    by TX Dem 50 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:14:43 AM PDT

  •  this line: (0+ / 0-)

    In doing so don't we have to remember that the American for profit plutocrat owned media is a direct instrumentality of the 1%

    Actually there is leverage there- Warren Buffet announced this week that he is investing in newspapers all the more... SO, maybe he can lead the scribers and the opinionaters a bit more on this very democratic way to share and create energy.

    Game on for the US, and game on for every politician out there to read up on greenness and water purity. Around here there are a few windmills- but also a coal burning plant on Lake Erie that drops stuff into the sky and water continually... the other thing it does continually is threaten politicians with removing the jobs there are in that part of the electric grid. Low info politicians (you know who you are) fall for it every time- and there's huge profits made in state subsidies.

    RMoney wants to take this country for a ride the way he did his dog Seamus.... how do you pronounce that? Shame US... and that's exactly how he operates.

    by MeToo on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 02:29:23 PM PDT

  •  When I visited Germany... (0+ / 0-)

    A few years back I gave a talk at a conference in Heidelberg. I was amazed at how many homes throughout Germany had solar panels. Made me wonder if gloomy old Germany could do it why not the sunny Southwest US??? Of course I also noticed a huge nuke plant from the window of the conference center.

    Germany took a completely different approach to the economic crisis had has fared much better than the US. We could learn a lot from Germany if we just stopped worshiping invisible hands and realized the value of a strong Federal government.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 04:47:01 AM PDT

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