Fox News: Germany has “lots more sun” than the US

February 7, 2013

Memo to Fox News: If you are concerned about your credibility going in the dumper, maybe you should review items like this.

Media Matters:

Fox News claimed that the future of solar power in the U.S. is “dim” because we have less sunlight than countries like Germany, the current world leader in solar generation. But Fox completely reversed the facts: the U.S. receives far more direct sunlight, but has been outperformed due to Germany’s superior solar policies.

On Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed that the U.S. solar “industry’s future looks dim.” The show brought on Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, who said that Germany’s solar industry is doing “great” because “they’ve got a lot more sun than we do,” before adding,  “In California, it’s a great solution, but here on the East Coast it’s just not going to work.”

The U.S. is lagging behind Germany in solar power generation, but it doesn’t have anything to do with our solar potential. In fact, the Southwest has “among the best photovoltaic resources in the world,” according to a report by GTM Research. And even the East Coast states have greater solar potential than Germany, as illustrated by this map from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory:

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Just for reference, Germany is at approximately the same latitude as Newfoundland.

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33 Responses to “Fox News: Germany has “lots more sun” than the US”


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  2. [...] 2013/02/07: PSinclair: Fox News: Germany has “lots more sun” than the US [...]

  3. j4zonian Says:

    They should be standing on the front lawn holding a boom box over their heads. They’ll say anything.

  4. smartalek1 Says:

    Lying for the Lord…
    …and for the Holy Profit ($buh).
    It’s all right there in the Book of Ailes.


  5. [...] On February 7th, Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed that: “the future of solar power in the U.S. is dim because we have less sunlight than countries like Germany, the current world leader in solar generation” (Full article: http://climatecrocks.com/2013/02/07/fox-news-germany-has-lots-more-sun-than-the-us/). [...]


  6. [...] on renewables. And Germany hasn’t exactly got the world’s best renewable resources (they are at the same latitude as Newfoundland and have significantly poorer wind coverage that countries such as America or the UK). In short, [...]


  7. […] Is he still wrong enough to get invited on to Fox and Friends? […]


  8. […] Fox News: Germany has “lots more sun” than the US | Climate … The show brought on Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, who said that Germany's solar industry is doing “great” because “they've got a lot more sun than we do,” before adding, ”In California, it's a great solution, but here on  […]


  9. […] we could get from solar PV, I’d have thought getting 34 GW’s installed capacity from a less than sunny country like Germany was wishful thinking. Any hope for bulk electricity generation from solar I would have argued would […]


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