Posted November 12, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
Natural resource wars would be a thing of the past, only experienced by future generations through reading about them in history books.
Just this one result of a worldwide shift to solar and other renewable energy sources, along with energy efficiency measures, is enough to convince even the most stubborn “doubting Thomas” that such a shift is a very, very wise choice for the people of the Earth. All that would be needed for such a shift to occur is for the peoples and nations of the world to agree.
Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Philippines typhoon, Fukushima, Gulf of Mexico, Iraq War, Libya, Afghanistan, Middle East, Arab Spring, Occupy, austerity, trillion-dollar defense budgets, are all associated with mankind’s failure to rise with one voice and push for renewable energy options which are available now.
Renewable energies offer humanity nothing less than free energy. This is a very strong assertion, I realize. However, when the initial investment of a renewable energy installation is paid back, the subsequent energy produced is literally free. Unless some government representatives, or powerful traditional energy companies, finds the way to legislate and create laws to block that possibility.
Can we imagine how beneficial such an energy shift around the planet would truly be? Besides eliminating energy resource wars, spending by governments on those wars, the destructiveness of wars – including the deaths of millions of men, women, and children in recent history – people around the world would be able to live their lives “off-the-grid”. No longer faced with electric bills.
Now, I can see where men and women reading this will be asking the question, “What about the owners of gas, oil, nuclear, coal and other traditional energy-producing corporations? What about their loss of profits?”
Hermann Scheer, a man who was very instrumental in Germany’s energy shift, called solar energy “the energy of the people” and that “a rapid energy shift is possible”.
Hermann Scheer passed away in 2010, leaving a great legacy.
I was looking for recent information on public banking when I came upon the following short presentation by Steve Seuser, given at the Public Banking Institute’s June 2013 conference. Mr. Seuser shares a concise description of Germany’s successful effort to transform that country’s energy sector, thanks to a huge amount of grassroots efforts which occurred before that transformation.
He describes the reasons for the shift in Germany as, among others, a large-scale transformation of Germany’s energy sector, consisting of mainly small-scale renewable energy installations by homeowners, farmers, small business owners, apartment building owners, and others. Mr. Seuser points out that there was broad consensus among the German people who strongly supported this shift, which began shortly after laws became passed in the year 2000.
Other motivations cited were efforts to reduce climate change, reduce energy dependence on imports, German-oriented energy production, to stimulate technology development and innovation, and to reduce or eliminate nuclear energy risks. Other motives revolved around building local economies and creating social justice by allowing the German people to reduce their energy costs – with more money staying in the pockets of the people.
Mr. Seuser shares the importance of feed-in tariffs, which are the main, essential part of the law, guaranteeing a return on investment, and written in the law to last for twenty years. He goes on to point out that both Germany’s public and private banks became eager to get on board with the initiative. At one point, Mr. Seuser points out, the situation in Germany saw typical situations where property owners would first decide to install solar panels, and within five days the installation would be on their roof(s) and working.
He then mentions that all partners are financially rewarded except big utilities.
I recently read an article where Barack Obama was going to send 7 billion dollars of taxpayer money to the people of Africa for nuclear power development. In that article I did not notice any mention of renewable energy development, as opposed to nuclear. Perhaps investing 7 billion dollars of American taxpayer money in renewable energies for Africa would be a wiser choice?
President Obama is making the effort to “help the African people to develop their economy”. One must ask if companies like General Electric (in the same league as big utilities who were not rewarded financially in Germany) are the focus of development, and not the economy of the African people.
At any rate, this presentation by Steve Seuser is concise and to the point. For more information about the tremendous benefits of a rapid shift toward renewable energy, please visit the following websites:
If the information in the following video makes sense to you, please distribute as widely as possible. Help to hasten the day when solar, wind, biogas, geothermal and other renewable energies are known by all Americans and all of humanity. Hasten the day when solar panels will be on the rooftops of homes, businesses, and apartment buildings across America.
And around the Earth.
- USA slowly heading in right direction on renewable energy (nuclear-news.net)
- Pollie Watch: PM Abbott’s first comments on wind farms, Renewable Energy Target (yes2renewables.org)
- Nissan constructing solar charging station for Leafs (reviews.cnet.com)
- Development of renewable energy good for children (billingsgazette.com)
- Should Australian towns buy back their grids? (reneweconomy.com.au)
- How Vermont Has Promoted Local Renewable Energy (renewableenergyworld.com)
- Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar (cleantechnica.com)
- Three reasons why Germany is kicking our arsch on solar (grist.org)
- Renewable Energy: Breaking the Fixation on Fossil Fuels (theenergycollective.com)
- 300 MW Of Ethiopian Solar Farms To Be Built By US Companies (cleantechnica.com)