Saturday, July 07, 2012

Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power

Oh well, we'll never be able to catch up with German technology -- not when we keep cutting education.  

Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power : TreeHugger
Now, FITs do make electricity more expensive, since the cost of subsidizing that higher fixed rate is absorbed by all electricity consumers. But Germanydoesn't really mind . And why not? Simple: its citizenry has agreed that producing more non-nuclear clean power is worth shelling out a few extra bucks for each month. Gasp.
Conventional wisdom here in the states is that proposing anything that would lead to higher utility bills would be impossible; the masses would revolt over "energy taxes." Well, that's what our political class would have you believe: in reality, a very recent poll found that a majority of Americans would indeed be willing to pay over $160 extra dollars a year  to buy cleaner electricity. Of course, support varies from region to region and tends to be consolidated in Democratic-leaning areas.

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