On World Energy Solution.

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Posted October 14, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Many of you can relate to feelings of frustration after becoming aware of possible solutions for humanity that become blocked by historically powerful interests. When there are discussions about energy-oil, nuclear, natural gas, renewables etc.-the talks always come to a point where the power of possible solution(s) somehow fizzles out and doesn’t go “all the way”.  Hermann Scheer of Germany (1944-2010) went “all the way”, and the time has long since passed when humanity does the same.

Let me first say that the magnitude of consequences surrounding the ignoring of real solutions for the human race through development of renewable energies is enormous. My guess is that you are aware of the absolutely magnificent potential of renewable energy technology, and are extremely frustrated that the real promise of existing technologies is not being acted upon to the point where solar panels are on every home and commercial building in the world.

Secondly, Hermann Scheer was a giant of a human being, one person who possessed an ability to convey reality to other men and women in a direct, honest manner which zeroed in on very important truths. That the name Hermann Scheer is not known by all people in this world is really an injustice, as the truth he spoke and wrote about has the power of changing all life on Earth for this and future generations.

For the better.

When the vision Mr. Scheer articulated becomes implemented, and it is entirely and absolutely implementable now, the positive results for humanity will be off-the-charts. While writing this I feel the reader’s reluctance to get into this set of ideas around the world-changing potential of already available renewable energy technology. My first natural response to any such reluctance would be to ask “do you have a problem with free energy?” Do you have an issue with being an independent energy producer who gets paid for any excess energy left over from your production after using what you needed?

If you don’t have a problem with free energy or being paid for your excess energy production, then you may want to become intimately aware of what Hermann Scheer accomplished in Germany and, consequently, the world. You may want to become involved in the war against powerful corporate energy interests, roadblocks and laws which are preventing democratic energy freedom for the people of the world.

At one point in human history burning wood was the energy paradigm. Then it was whale oil, then came electricity, then oil and gas, then nuclear and coal. At each point of advance to a more amenable source of energy the previous source dried up and disappeared. Renewable energies-solar, wind, biogas, and emerging technologies-are sitting there, absolutely available, just waiting for the will of humanity to get on with it.

The “whale-oilers” of this time are the owners of conventional energy corporations, who are the only people on Earth against turning the page of historical energy reality. Just as the people who made money from whale oil had to change with the times, today’s traditional energy producers face loss of their market share and loss of profits. It is not difficult to understand why these powerful interests want the status-quo of energy production to remain unchanged. It is easy to understand why.

But is the energy status-quo OK?

No, it is not OK. All you have to do is consider the wars fought over control of oil and natural gas, with the overwhelming human tragedy, with their trillions of dollars in expenditure, to fully realize that the current energy status-quo is not OK. The events of history, understood in the context of the great promise of renewable energies, naturally leads one to see that changing the energy paradigm is equivalent with sanity. In other words, to continue on with traditional energies, when the renewables are sitting there waiting for implementarion on the largest scale(s), is collective madness.

Fast worldwide energy shift is possible.

Hermann Scheer left humanity with the true blueprint for energy freedom and independence. He helped to create the conditions in Germany for a green revolution, not a pie-in-the-sky vision of a possible future to be grouped with the ideas of science-fiction writers, but conditions which have led to an energy revolution in Germany. The major accomplishment Mr. Scheer became involved with was the structuring of laws, the shaping of the legal framework in Germany, to eliminate roadblocks to renewable energy development.

Laws were written in Germany which encouraged investment in renewables, without having to get the OK from powerful traditional energy corporation owners. These laws gave priority to renewables and granted access to the grid, feed-in tariffs, guaranteed fees/earnings for independent energy producers, and guaranteed no caps on those fees-thus providing the greatest protection for investors, small and large.

When these laws were passed homeowners, companies, cooperatives, and municipalities invested 100 billion Euros in renewable energies over a ten-year period, compared to 10 billion for traditional energy corporations in the same ten-year period. Solar, wind, biogas, and other renewables came online in a large way as independent power production surged. It is very important to forcefully emphasize that this economic activity became possible through the legal framework of Germany, which took down the roadblocks to renewable energy development.

America can do what Germany did. Remove the roadblocks.

Resistance to energy change comes from the energy cartels. Big oil, big coal, nuclear power all stand in the way of beneficial changes in the paradigm, all such benefits ready for implementing but for the roadblocks placed to prevent their coming to be realized by the people. Let us use the simplest of analogies. Imagine you are driving down a country highway late at night and you are the only car on the road. You come up to find a lightweight roadblock. You leave your car running, shift into park, get out of your car and move the roadblock, then re-enter your vehicle and drive on toward your destination.

Hermann Scheer and the people of Germany simply removed the roadblock(s). Your vehicle represents the people of Germany driving through to energy independence, economic activity in the form of new businesses and jobs, and energy bill savings for citizens. Removing the roadblock was a win/win for the German people. Mr. Scheer called solar energy “the energy of the people”. Time magazine named him “The Man of the Green Century”.

Inexpensive solar technology installations have come into regions around the world where electricity was never available. The people of those regions have seen their quality of life improve dramatically as a result. Children can study their schoolbooks after the sun goes down, farmers have increased their production so that malnutrition is going down, and water is more easily accessed with the available electricity. Remove the roadblocks to renewable energies everywhere on Earth.

The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria are about energy resources. Those nations and people have had to endure hellish experiences because of the wars over energy resources. Democratically elected leaders of nations have been the victims of military coups and assassinations. Millions of civilians-men, women and children-have been killed over energy resources through the recent decades. Trillions of tax dollars have been essentially wasted in these wars, small and large, over natural resources.

The people’s war for renewable energy is a “just war”.

People have come to use the term “just war”. I would assert that the “just war” worth waging on Earth now is the war against those who have been responsible for placing roadblocks in the way of renewable energy development. It is a war against a real energy dictatorship, a dictatorship which has concentrated its power and guards against any giving up of that power. At all costs.

But there is the example of Germany for the people of the world to see. Men and women in America are recognizing the positive results experienced by their counterparts in Germany and ask “why not here?” as well as “why not everyone?” Every person in America is for renewable energy development. Only those who profit from the traditional energy status-quo will argue against solar power, wind power and other available green technologies.

The question which needs asking is why the elected representatives in America are either ignorant or repressing the example set by the country of Germany. There simply is no doubt that “the energy of the people” would increase freedom in the lives of Americans. Hermann Scheer’s vision and analysis was-remains-right on the money and beyond debate.

Renewable energy solutions are available now.

Waiting for humanity…

Thank you Hermann Scheer.

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Hermann Scheer Left This World A Better Place. It Is Time For The Solar Economy.

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Hermann Scheer, Member of the German Parliament, in 1999 awarded with the Right Livelihood Award, on January 6th, 2008 in Bensheim, Hesse, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: First Solar 40-MW CdTe PV Array installed by JUWI Group in Waldpolenz, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In loving memory of Hermann Scheer (1944-2010).

The accomplishments of Hermann Scheer of Germany are very valuable to humanity. He was a member of the German parliament and was very instrumental in drafting legislation which has resulted in a very dramatic increase in solar power in Germany and many countries on this Earth.

Hermann Scheer died in 2010 at the age of 66.

It was shortly after he exposed a 60 billion dollar breach of contract by Germany’s privately owned nuclear power corporations.

In 1999 he was the major force in establishing feed-in tariffs for the German people that allowed the people to install solar energy equipment and sell excess energy back to German utilities. One can witness in Germany solar panels on houses and commercial buildings everywhere. The feed-in tariff legislation has been hugely successful for the German people and economy.

Many businesses have been established and employ a large number of people thanks to the efforts of Hermann Scheer. He was president of The European Association for Renewable Energy (Eurosolar) and general chairman of The World Council for Renewable Energy.

Scheer recognized that humanity had come to a crossroads and that a replacement was necessary for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. He strongly believed that the worldwide use of solar energy could and must be sought to free humanity from these harmful addictions. He thought that the concentrated power of monopolies in energy industries was a major challenge.

As those who own the corporate energy monopolies are against any change or transformation of energy policies because of their risk to lose money, Scheer strongly emphasized that the people must start energy changes. Those in power will not change the things as they are simply because their profits will decrease in perhaps a large degree.

Scheer helped draft laws in Germany which gave priority to renewable energies which unleashed the renewable energy industry in Germany. Aspects of the legislation guaranteed all Germans access to the electrical grid with a set amount  paid for each kilowatt-hour produced by citizens. This fee had strong guarantees without any caps to guarantee investor protections.

The result was a 100 billion Euros investment in the following ten years in photovoltaic solar power, wind power, hydrogas and other renewables while utility monopolies invested 10 billion. The conventional power structure has strong influence on those inside government where varying types of corruption exist. Utility corporations pay lawmakers after they leave office by hiring them.

What is existent is a form of legalized corruption where governments have become puppets of monopolies in not only the energy industry but all other industries where large sums of money are  found. Teddy Roosevelt achieved the most success in breaking up monopolies when he broke up the giant Standard Oil. Monopoly is dangerous for society and the public interest.

The presidents who followed Teddy Roosevelt have been unable to match the success he had during his time in office. Big oil, the coal industry and nuclear energy industry have exerted tremendous influence on members of congress through the threat of withholding campaign contributions while giving those contributions to political opponents.

Scheer believed that solar energy is the “Energy of the People”. The tremendous benefits of solar and other renewable energies are good for both economic activity and energy independence. “The Solar Economy” would overcome the irresponsible dependency of more than one-third of defense budgets allocated solely for protecting energy production, supply and transport. The wars in Iraq were all about oil. If “The Solar Economy” would have been implemented and given the chance it so deserves years ago perhaps these wars with their heart breaking human suffering would never have started.

Thanks in large part to the great efforts of Hermann Scheer the German people have become more energy independent and simply happier. The people of America need to start asking “Why Not Here?” Ninety percent of the people want the changes to renewable energies like solar and wind to happen because they understand that solar energy and wind energy are FREE!

Now in America, energy change must come from and originate at the local, state and regional levels. It is at these levels where strength and influence must be exercised to overcome the tremendous centralization of power in the federal government. People need to become aware that this is a technology revolution where they are engaged in a fight between an energy dictatorship and energy democracy.

Society needs to become mobilized to demand alternative, green energies which will stimulate jobs and economic growth. Barack Obama cannot act autonomously as there are many developments being blocked by powerful structures in government. There must be loud calls for the removal of barriers and rules which have favored traditional, conventional energy monopolies and the continuance of the status quo.

Clearing the restrictions to development of “The Solar Economy” should be accomplished not only for economic reasons but for ethical reasons as well. “The Solar Economy” will end the negative consequences of continuing to allow dominant fossil fuel and nuclear energy monopolies. The United States of America is not independent. The American people have landed in an unbelievable situation which endangers self-determination and sovereignty and freedom.

Renewable energy, “The Solar Economy” would allow the American people to escape from the dead-end street where energy payments have placed us in dependency. Renewable energies, with their tremendous economic benefits, give us the chance to grow in a healthy sustainable way while also meeting ethical challenges.

In Germany hundreds of cities and counties have decided to go for 100% renewable energy and the trend is increasing in intensity around the world. Germany and other countries around the world are taking action to build solar industries producing a wanted energy movement. Ecologically, economically and democratically beneficial 100% renewable energy goals have motivated the people to the point where the movement is unstoppable.

The hero of the green century is Hermann Scheer.

A fast energy shift is possible, said Hermann Scheer from experience. Please, please research this great man and you will be very impressed with his accomplishments while learning the great potential for humanity. Wherever your soul now resides Hermann Scheer, we thank you profoundly.

“It does not matter where his body lies; there the grass is growing… But where his spirit lies, that would be a good place to be.”

– Black Elk speaking on Crazy Horse

Thank you, Hermann Scheer.

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For more information, go to the Hermann Scheer website, click  here.