Author: Rafe Champion
The bottom line for people in Canberra who are too busy to read to the end is that German emissions have not gone down since 2009.
Australia has a lot to learn from the German experience with renewable energy. Their program is called the Energiewende, the German dream of a green energy transformation.
The roots of the dream are in the anti-nuclear protests of the 1970s although the British policy analyst Rupert Darwall in Green Tyranny traced it further back to the long tradition of environmental fundamentalism in Germany.
In the 1980s the German Greens became a political power and activists started to use the term Energiewende. They hated nuclear energy and the Chernobyl episode helped them along. Then in the 1980s climate change entered the discourse.
In 1991 came feed-in tariffs followed by a comprehensive Renewable Energy Act in 2000 and a commitment to … Read the rest