Paul Hockenos's Comments

February 05, 2013

Where Are All the Electric BMWs?

oh, there are lots of plans and agreements!

September 13, 2012

The Truth about Germany's Coal

cliff-claven -- i'm on it

June 15, 2012

World Energy Revolution? Not Yet

The point I'm making here is that unless there is a definitive commitment to replace fossil fuels and nuke power with renewables, the necessary changes in infrastructure (like adapting a suitable grid) will never take place. Just look at Germany. As long as the big power utilities thought they could prolong the lifespans of their nuclear reactors, they weren't going to budge on reshaping the grid. Germany's energy transition (I do like "revolution" better)was blocked. Now things are in motion again. Also, the commitment to go all the way with renewables insures investors that this is the future and there's no going back on it. The whole prospect becomes much more attractive to the money men -- and they're the one driving this revolution, not starry-eyed idealists. We just write blogs.

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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