Germany shows where green energy can lead
To the editor: German Prime Minister Angela Merkel went into a hysterical fit when the nuclear power plant at Fukushima was struck by an undersea earthquake and tsunami — both of great magnitude.Determined to save Germany from such a disaster, she ordered all nuclear power plants in that country to shut down. she believed that a country which doesn’t have a great deal of either can live on sunshine and wind.accordingly, she started offering subsidies to homeowners who installed a solar collector on their roofs. Whatever electricity the homeowner didn’t use, they could sell back to the power company, everything subsidized by the Bundesrepublik. The state hasn’t yet decided to subsidize a solar-powered Mercedes.how has this been working out?To substitute for the nuclear power from German plants, power is purchased from nuclear plants owned by the French and the Czechs. To augment that, they bought more power from a coal-fired plant in Austria. (You know, the country where, according to President Barack Obama, “they speak Austrian.”)The outcome of Merkel’s idea is that Germany is now becoming dependent upon external sources for its electrical power. and to operate those plants which previously worked off cheaper, nuclear power, Germany now imports natural gas from its old friend and ally, Russia.Obviously, Merkel and Obama have discussed the success of these programs.Harry MeinhardtFayetteville
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