German Voters: Renewables? Why, Yes. More Please.

September 24, 2013

The League of Conservation Voters has recently come out with a series of advertisements targeting politicians based on their climate positions, and in the Virginia Governor’s race, climate-denialist and anti-breast freak Ken Cuccinelli has been called out specifically for his rabid attacks on climate scientists.  Cuccinelli is now well down in the polls, as his naked appeal to the farthest of the far right is proving to be a liability in that bellweather state.  Politico has reported that the reality-challenged caucus may be starting to drag on the frayed Republican brand.

Just yesterday,  National Journal quoted Jordan Davis, policy director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, protesting that “..We have a lot of members in our caucus who are not crazy climate deniers.”
Really? Name them.

Now we have results from new elections in Germany. It’s become a more important tactic in recent years for the climate denial movement to bash the German Energiewende – the world-leading push by one of the most highly developed manufacturing nations to power itself using renewable energy.  We’re told that the program is expensive and unpopular – but that’s not what German voters are telling us, as they gave Angela Merkel’s ruling party an historic victory, while shutting out the party most identified with climate denial and opposition to renewables.

Solar Server:

The center-right Free Democratic Party (FDP) has been eliminated in Germany’s government by failing to meet a 5% minimum threshold in the federal election on September 22nd, 2013. This removes the only political party calling for a repeal of the nation’s feed-in tariff law (EEG).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU) won the most votes but not a majority, and now must form a coalition with one of the other three main parties, the Greens, the Social Democrats (SPD) and The Left (Die Linke).

“The extreme positions of the FDP regarding the energy transition and the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) have damaged the important renewable energy economy,” stated Association of Renewable Energy (BEE) CEO Dr. Hermann Falk. “This has contributed to climate change and energy policy can be designed without the FDP for four years now.”

Renewables International:

Germany has voted, and the new Chancellor is the old one. But although there is no change at the helm, the situation has greatly improved for renewables.

Supporters of renewables have reason to rejoice this week, for the FDP has failed to get 5% of the vote, the limit required to enter parliament. It is the first time in the history of the German Republic that the FDP, a libertarian party, has not been represented in the Bundestag.

The FDP does not, however, properly represent citizen liberties, but rather big business. Thus, it was possible for the Pirate Party to get several percentage points of the vote based largely on a platform of internet user rights. Had the FDP correctly understood what liberal politics is, there would have been no need for the Pirates at all.

In the case of renewables, the FDP wanted to put an immediate end to the citizens movement that is the Energiewende – not just a transition to renewables, but a challenge to the oligopoly in the energy sector. The FDP never represented the personal right to make your own energy. Now, community ownership can continue.

10 Responses to “German Voters: Renewables? Why, Yes. More Please.”

  1. ahaveland Says:

    Let this be the writing on the wall for the Republicans.
    It would also explain the increasingly frantic hissy fits of the deniers.
    Shape up, or ship out.
    Renewable energy is here to stay, and here to grow.

    • MorinMoss Says:

      Let’s not get cocky. The anti-tax, anti-subsidy, anti-government folks aren’t going to dry up and blow away overnight.

      And with the looming fight over healthcare and a government shutdown, a lot of things could get trashed.

      If GE and friends are going to halt wind farm deployments every time the PTC is threatened, it gives the opposition a terrific bargaining chip.

  2. Gingerbaker Says:

    It’s become a more important tactic in recent years for the climate denial movement to bash the German Energiewende – the world-leading push by one of the most highly developed manufacturing nations to power itself using renewable energy. We’re told that the program is expensive and unpopular

    How f*****g dare anyone out there make fun of daveburton. After all he’s been through!!
    He loves his aunt – he’s been through a divorce. He had two f*****g kids; his husband turned out to be a user, a cheater… and now he’s going through a custody battle. All you people care about is….. readers and making money off of him.

    HE’S A HUMAN! (ah! ooh!) What you don’t realize is that daveburton is making you all this money and all you do is write a bunch of crap about him.

    He hasn’t performed on stage in years. His song is called “There is no sea level rise” for a reason because all you people want is MORE! MORE-MORE, MORE: MORE!.

    LEAVE HIM ALONE! You are lucky he even performed for you B******S!
    LEAVE daveburton ALONE!…..Please.

  3. indy222 Says:

    On a different topic… Peter, you might want to do a spot on today’s article about the Russians seizing and charging Greenpeace activists with piracy, for protesting the drilling for oil in the Arctic. I plan to add it to my course materials for my “Planets and Climate” class where I talk about exactly this subject.;_ylt=AohWmK6Zt9Yej_KzIcIwLI4IuodG;_ylu=X3oDMTJkM2o4amkwBG1pdANUb2RheSBvbiBZYWhvbyBhcnRpY2xlIHBhZ2UgcmlnaHQgcmFpbARwa2cDaWQtMzQxNzczNARwb3MDMwRzZWMDaGNtBHZlcgM2;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYWM1a2sxBGxhbmcDZW4tVVM-;_ylv=3

    • redskylite Says:

      I sincerely hope the the Greenpeace members do not end up with Pussy Riot, Russia are usually not too kind to protesters of any sort. At least Greenpeace have drawn attention to the exploration, but I haven’t heard too much about NUNAOIL, Conoco, Exxon Mobil and a clutch of others that are exploring the Arctic, although I did see Greenpeace protesting Shell at the end of F1 races – there is much oil to be had there and the cycle of upward CO2 concentration will relentlessly continue. We must hope that RE does steeply become more efficient, innovative, economical, popular and convenient to use and quench man’s thirst for oil.

  4. astrostevo Says:

    “Cuccinelli is now well down in the polls, as his naked appeal to the farthest of the far right is proving to be a liability.”

    What?!? How dare you use the word “naked” to describe Cuccinelli, he’ll be most upset at anything so implying of pornography as the word naked, I mean yowza, its nearly as bad as the breast on the state seal! 😉

    • MorinMoss Says:

      Covering up Lady Virtus’ titty was only step one as there’s still plenty of offensively exposed real estate on the seal – bare arms ( like that traitor Michelle Obama ), neckline, immodestly unrestrained bare legs ( why would she need to run? ) and the FACE!!
      Unthinkable that the visage of peace and justice should be revealed so openly to the unworthy infid…, er, opponents of liberty and such a revered symbol should be shroud…, er, I mean dressed in a burq… er, freedom toga.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      why pay for porn when you can ogle state seals?

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