vom 16.07.2007, aktualisiert am 22.07.2008, German Association for Promotion of Solar Power - Wolf von Fabeck:
Save the Climate - As quickly as possible! 100 Percent Renewable Energies
100 Percent! The environmental movement does not set its goals high enough
Everybody talks about the Renewable Energies like sun, wind, hydroelectric power, biomass, and geothermics, but only a few experts know that it is possible to completely switch to these Renewable Energies - 100 percent. Several studies do recognize the possibility of reaching 100 percent, but the environmental movement has never adopted this fact into their general knowledge base. Therefore, even the large environmental associations make the same mistake again and again: they demand some percentage for the Renewable Energies, like 50 percent by the year 2050, without naming the final goal. The general public then tacitly view each percentage point under 100 as a bashful admittance that in the long run, the world will not be able to do without nuclear or fossil energies. A well-known member of the German Parliament recently said - somewhat irritated -: "How am I to make my Bundestag colleagues comprehend that we could convert completely to Renewable Energies, when not even Greenpeace demands it?"
Going it alone nationally or Europe-wide could act as trigger for worldwide action.
Germany, for example, is well on its way to use the Renewable Energies Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz) for developing new mature technologies.
Now improvements in the German Renewable Energy Law are necessary to accelerate this development.
At this point, power from Renewable Energies is still slightly more expensive to produce, though the higher cost is offset by the creation of new future-oriented jobs and by getting more independance from imports of coal, oil and natural gas.
The anxious oogling of other countries to see whether they offer a similar contribution to climate protection, makes rather little sense from the point of view of industrial policy; it is almost laughable: When did a country ever base the development of new products on whether the other countries contribute "appropriately"? Did Henry Ford wait for Germany to start mass production of the automobile? Should a German wind farm builder restrain himself just because other countries do not share in the windmill production?
Thanks to the Renewable Energies, Germany already produces 16 percent of its electric power without the emission of CO2, and the number of installations is steadily rising. Mass production continuously lowers cost. In only a few years, power from this type of facility may be cheaper than power from a coal, oil, or gas-fired power station. At that moment, people all over the world will prefer to purchase solar facilities, wind farms, biogas mini power stations, and power storage facilities rather than Diesel generators or coal-powered stations.
And what can you personally do?
Bring up the subject of "100 percent" at any opportunity!
The demand for 100 percent Renewable Energies must never fall silent.
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