As Colorado officials begin their quest to decarbonize the economy at a record pace, in line with a number of new laws passed by the legislature, they could do worse than pause to consider the lessons from Germany’s recent past. In a lengthy report published this month by Der Spiegel, reporters recounted how Germany’s much-hyped transition to renewable energy (abandoning nuclear along the way) had bogged down and was facing failure. Not only has Germany fallen short of targets for reducing greenhouse gases, Der Spiegel noted (it has an English edition), but “German CO2 emissions have only slightly decreased this decade.” Green energy projects face lawsuits and local opposition, while progress on decarbonizing other sectors of the economy hardly registers at all. And the price of electricity? The highest in Europe.Perhaps the biggest lesson for Colorado officials: Don’t set yourselves up for failure with extravagant promises. Don’t convey the impression that radical reductions of greenhouse gases are easy or cost-free, especially since much of the public seems to believe that success is merely a matter of erecting more wind turbines and solar panels. Those technologies directly address only the one-fourth of the national economy’s carbon emissions that come from power… Read full this story
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