Half of Germany Runs on Solar Power

 

During this weekend, half of all of Germany was powered by electricity generated by solar plants, a world breaking record. This shows how behind all the other countries are. Jonathan Turley’s article has a great viewpoint. Germany’s economy is viewed as the most successful major economy in the world today and the key bedrock for European recovery. While many conservative leaders in the United States are calling on the tearing up of environmental protections to help our economy, Germany has shown the fallacy of that claim. Over 60% of electricity from the US is from coal which is expected to greatly diminished within 20 years.  The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world’s leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.

Germany‘s government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022. They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass. Germany has nearly as much installed solar power generation capacity as the rest of the world combined and gets about four percent of its overall annual electricity needs from the sun alone. It aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020.

This is not some tiny country with a mainly tourism economy but one of the greatest industrial nations on Earth. It vividly demonstrates how far the world has fallen back in the leadership on environmental issues and technology. As most countries are dependent on oil and coal for energy,  the Germans are expanding their control over this industry and reducing the health costs of pollution for their population. Watch the video above to learn about the detailed changes to make Germany solar efficient.

via JonathanTurley.org