Ok. So the oceanian slashdotters here in their majority believe the following:
- Renewable energy, despite the fact that solar and wind plants became more and more effective since the 80s (when being "green" became popular over voters from the far left to the far right) and batteries and other means of energy storage became more and more effecient, is doomed from the get go. You are shure of that.
- Germany will not be able to turn it's energy production around. It is doomed!
You know what? We have a lot of denates here on how (!) to change energy production from fossils and nuclear power to renewable energy. We are quite confident it can be done. It won't be cheap, there will be heated debates. But the goal in itself is not really challenged. We want our hippie energy, period. If a nuclear power plant blows up in the highly populated Germany, the results to us are not acceptable.
We will see in 20 years time who was right. But might I suggest that I am quite shure there will be a way.
It will be more expensive than neccessary, because there will be compensations for the nuckear and fossil power plants that are going out of business (lobbying) and the needed additional energy lines buried into the ground because of local governments being egocentric assholes.
There will be debate. But the goal that we want nuclear power plants to go out of business and renewables to be the main energy source is mostly undisputed because - gasp - there was a grass root movement starting in the 80s that was so popular that every party here has to be environmental friendly to some extend (the conservatives struggling to keep up, but if politicians actally start to lose poltical power they tend to get the message eventually).
And 20 years from now we might meet again at whatever slashdot has become and maybe we will concede it was such a bad idea and that we suddenly suck at engeneering and organising and that the oceanean slashdotters were right from the get go. But maybe... not. Maybe we will look back at the struggles and agree it was worth it.
I know that american people have a problem with health insurance, working public transport and a infrastructure that is not rotten from the core because that is socialism. But despite the permanent lobbying from neo liberals the basic fact remains that the constitution states we are a social and federal state and that most people here would not touch your unsolidaric society and wasteful lifestyle with a ten foot pole.
I know it's not accurate, but this preety much sums up how we see the USA http://youtu.be/VMqcLUqYqrs . Unfair, I know. But then again - I am not so super punctual and I never wear lederhosen, so go figure.