German Energy Transition #5 - Greening the Economy


German Energy Transition #5

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Transatlantic Exchange: Why California is to Blame for the "Energiewende"

January 31, 2013
Paul Hockenos

Increasingly, countries - developed and underdeveloped alike - are looking to renewables for their future source of energy. Safe, reliable, secure, and with a much lessened impact on global climate, the benefits of wind, solar, and geothermal energies are being realized more each day. Germany is currently in the forefront of this transition - their Energiewende - but this was not always the case. Only a few short decades ago, it was the United States who was leading the world away from fossil fuels and it was Germany who was stubbornly clinging to an old fashioned economy. Paul Hockenos explains how these tables were so abruptly turned. 


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This paper is part six of a six-part series on the German Energy Transition (Energiewende). The authors are experts on different issues such as renewable energies, rural communities, social movements, and nuclear power. Click the titles below to read the more of the series.

1- Angst or Arithmetic? Why Germans are so skeptical about nuclear energy
by Paul Hockenos

2- German Solar Bubble? Look again!
by Craig Morris

3- Revitalizing Rural Communitites through the Renewable Energy Cooperative
by Amanda Bilek

4- A Fresh Breeze for Seaports: How offshore wind boosts maritime economies in Germany
by Rebecca Bertram

5- Transatlantic Exchange: Why California is to blame for the "Energiewende"
by Paul Hockenos

6- German Energy Freedom: Moving beyond energy independence to energy democracy
by Craig Morris

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