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Bait and switch indeed, there is so much hot rhetoric in your diary.

Now one can "spin" the numbers contained in this data lots of ways.

Indeed. Have you even bothered to check the figures for Germany in your linked Excel tables?... Going back a bit:

In 2000, under the supervision of this very poor thinker, and after grand pronouncements about how renewable energy would replace nuclear - the far more dangerous fuel coal being, of course, completely ignored - a "nuclear phase out" was announced.

Of course, what you completely ignore is that the German government was a coalition, and while Trittin was a minister of environment from the junior Green party, Clement and others were ministers of economy from the big SPD - and energy policy was chiefly in the hands of the former. In Germany, the conservatrive CDU and liberal FDP are close to the nuclear lobby, the Saarland and Rhineland-Westphalia SPD were very close to coal, other parts of the SPD to gas, and Greens to renewables. Contrary to you spin, coal was not ignored, but the SPD being the senior partner, what the Greens could achieve on that front was a reduction of coal subventions. Meanwhile, the buildup of renewables pushed by the Greens including minister Trittin exceeded his own projections. And of course, you in the land of a wind industry braked every two years by waiting for the extension of a production tax credit never heard of the European-wide spread of the prime vehicle for the renewables boom introduced by that 'very poor thinker', the feed-in law.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jan 9th, 2007 at 02:40:42 PM EST

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