What Germany Can Teach Americans about Transforming our Energy Systems PDF Print E-mail

 

How a Country With One of the World's

Largest Economies Is Ditching Fossil Fuels


 
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Tara DePorte writes that the German energy transformation called "Energiewende" has all the signs of a modern miracle:  a commitment from all political parties, from the most conservative to the most liberal, to shift the world's fourth largest economy to 80% renewable energy by 2050.  While Germany has nowhere near the wind and solar resources of Minnesota, it expects to reach 35% renewable power by 2020 and could reach 40%.


Germans who install solar panels can sell surplus power back into the power grid at a rate guaranteed for 20 years.  This guaranteed payment, called a "feed in tariff" engages the German public in the transition to clean energy, while creating a more decentralized system of energy production and increasing the energy independence of Germany.   While the U.S. media continues to ignore climate science consensus and debates the existence of manmade climate change, the German media and public are on the road to energy independence and rapidly cutting their climate impacts. Find out what has enabled Germany to make remarkable progress on transitioning to a clean energy economy in these two articles:

"How a Country with One of the World's Largest Economies is Ditching Fossil Fuels"

"What Germany Can Teach Americans about Transforming our Energy Systems"

To learn how Germany has made this remarkable progress toward clean energy, and how Minnesota could too, read Clean Break by Journalist Osha Gray Davidson.  Clean Break is the story of how German citizens led the transition to clean energy from the bottom up and democratized the electric system in the process.  65% of Germany's renewable energy is owned by individuals, cooperatives, or communities.  Download this inspiring story for $1.

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016

 


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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