Parts of Germany’s political leadership appear to be waking up to the harsh realities of green energies (wind and sun) and their inefficiencies.
Hat-tip: Die kalte Sonne
The website of German national daily “Welt” here reported last month that Germany’s powerful Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier “accepts the true condition of the Energiewende [transition to green energies]”.
In the Welt commentary, veteran journalist Daniel Wetzel wrote that Altmaier “avoided every mention of Germany functioning as a leader or role model”” for the world when it comes to green energies today. That’s change of course from what we used to hear.
Some ten years ago Germany boasted non-stop about being the global leader in green energies. Today, after seeing years of skyrocketing electricity prices and an increasingly destabilized power grid, the country has visibly backed off its once lofty green goals, which were aimed at making Germany 90% reliant on green energies by 2050. Lately it’s been dawning that this target was far too utopian.
Energiewende “no solution for single countries”
Wetzel quotes Altmaier, who was speaking before dozens of green business leaders at the international Energiewende Conference, stated that “the Energiewende will survive only if it is global” and that it is “no solution for single countries.”
In a nutshell, Altmaier admitted the Energiewende is a failure because it is already known that many other countries, like USA and China” are not going to adopt it and so will always have access to cheap, reliable energy and Germany will thus have no chance to compete internationally should it opt to stay on the green course.
Altmaier said it only made sense if it’s implemented worldwide. But today everyone knows worldwide implementation is a pipe dream and so Germany needs to start forgetting about its once ambitious Energiewende..
Wetzel then comments:
Altmaier’s sober message to the international eco-electricity scene: An Energiewende is more difficult than one thinks, and it takes longer than many think it does.”
Only efficient when everyone else accepts being inefficient
So why would Altmaier state that only a global Energiewende would make sense? To answer that one has to read between the lines. His claim in fact confirms that green energies are terribly inefficient, and thus uncompetitive, which means going it alone only makes the country inefficient and uncompetitive.
So according to Altmaier in order for the Energiewende to be “efficient in a country, all othe rcountries must adopt it and become energetically inefficient. Only when all countries become inefficient can Germany’s Energiewende be “efficient”.
Under the bottom line: Germany is no longer in a hurry to transform its energy supply system into a green one because it knows big competing coutries aren’t going to do it.
May 18, 2018 at 11:58AM