• PlanetThoughts

    King CONG (Harvey Wasserman’s Coal/Oil/Nuclear/natural Gas) is fighting for its life… however, it needs to realize that there is a rebirth as clean, renewable sunlight, wind, and water. The numbers show that these can take over the power generation needs of the country, and with planning and vigorous effort it could be in the next fifteen years or so. The USA (my country) has been wealthy and overly comfortable for too long, we now need to re-learn true strategic thinking AS A SOCIETY, not as POLITICAL PARTIES in OPPOSITION. Come on, folks, start thinking and doing!

  • PlanetThoughts

    Note – the article does not mention Germany’s leading position as a developer and user of photovoltaics and other solar power forms. This should be considered at least as important as their current price of coal. After all, in the USA we are approaching the same issue of very deep coal and coal that requires destroying mountains and releasing massive heavy metal pollution, just to continue feeding our current energy needs.

  • Timothy B. Hurst

    PT- thanks for your comments. You’re right, this article does not really explore the tremendous growth of German solar capacity that came as a direct result of the country’s aggressive energy policy (though I have written more extensively about them here ). Germany’s coal is dirty, and becoming increasingly difficult to get. And though there is currently some debate about the renewable energy price supports, I would imagine they will stay put.

  • PlanetThoughts

    Well, I think the article is terrific because it talks about what CAN be done if there is a will to do it. REALLY! Do you have a sense whether the same analysis would lead to a similar result in the USA if the playing field was level (less slanted toward coal)? Part of that is a comparison – how much worse, if at all, was/is the German coal situation. I read about so many nightmarish results from use of USA coal now.