Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I thought Germany was replacing coal with wind and solar...

Re: Steag starts coal-fired power plant

I thought that Germany was going to lead the world to a new era of electricity generated by wind mills and solar panels instead of dirty old coal.  What happened?

Of course, we know what happened.  Reality intervened.  Coal is cheaper, for one thing, and neither wind nor solar can ever produce enough power to meet the needs of a modern, industrial economy.  Furthermore, I doubt that the Germans would allow a new coal fired power plant to begin operations if it didn't meet the already stringent environmental standards.

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