Paul Hockenos's Blog Posts

- February 08, 2013

Altmaier's Grand German Renewable Energy Bluff

Germany’s environment minister Peter Altmaier has unexpectedly proposed cost-sharing measures to lower the consumer burden of the Energiewende. Yet as he's designed it, no one will...

- February 05, 2013

Where Are All the Electric BMWs?

One way or another, Germany of the future will have hushed autobahns traveled by millions of purring electric cars and e-car recharging hubs as ubiquitous as gas stations are today....

- January 15, 2013

2012 Boom Year for Germany

Some of the new numbers for 2012 are out and they add emphatically to Germany’s clean energy resume. In fact, they’re a critical affirmation of the doability of the Energiewende, which...

- December 21, 2012

Tracing Germany's Energiewende Back to the US

Chancellor Merkel's government has occupied the term Energiewende (clean energy transition) and made it its own, as if it had coined the moniker in the first place. In fact, its origins...

- December 13, 2012

Faint Praise for EU Climate Diplomacy

The EU did more than just about anyone else at the recent UN climate summit in Doha to make progress on an array of issues that could slow global warming. But this praise is consciously...

- November 29, 2012

Fight Climate Change like a German

The in-progress Doha Climate Change Conference presents the perfect opportunity to read Global Cooling: Strategies for Climate Protection by Hans-Josef Fell. Green parliamentarian Fell...

- November 21, 2012

Germany's Grid and the Market: 100 Percent Renewable by 2050?

Most of Germany’s pro-Energiewende voices think that Germany will far exceed its 2020 target of 35% clean energy. The Heinrich Böll Foundation, a Green think tank, is definitely among...

- October 30, 2012

Can Germany Do the Energy Transition Alone?

No, and it’s not trying to, either. Under EU direction, all of Europe is undergoing an energy revolution, if at different speeds. The impact of energy policies does not stop at borders–Chernobyl...

- October 23, 2012

Coming Soon: A German Energy Consultant

It might sound glib, but one answer to rising energy prices is simply to use less energy. And indeed this is exactly what Germany is saying in the face of higher energy prices. The...

- October 08, 2012

Germany's Unlikely Renewable Energy Revolutionaries

Another misunderstanding about Germany’s clean energy shift is the idea that somehow “the state” or green treehuggers are behind it. Well, it ain’t so. For the most part, Germany’s...

Paul Hockenos

Paul Hockenos

Paul Hockenos is a Berlin-based author who has written about Europe since 1989. Paul is the author of three major books on European politics: Free to Hate: The Rise of the Right in Post-Communist Eastern Europe, Homeland Calling: Exile...

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