Edgar Gaertner

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  • Climate Change: There is no Alternative to Adaptation

    By Edgar L. Gärtner (Frankfurt) German Geologists Call Two Centigrade Target for Global Warming Bare Nonsense Six weeks before the beginning of the Copenhagen summit the big German business newspaper „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” published an interview with three leading geoscientist (Karin Lochte, Volker Mosbrugger and Reinhard Hüttl) who call UNFCCC’s official target of mitigating global […]

  • Germany’s High Solar Subsidies Under Fire


    EDGAR L. GÄRTNER (Frankfurt)

    Although the document released on Saturday, October 24th doesn’t mention it, the new German government coalition between Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Guido Westerwelle’s Liberals will be obliged to sooner or later reign in Germany’s high subsidies for photovoltaic power.  One of the main causes of high German power prices is the expanding role of “renewables” in power generation Solar Panelssince the beginning of the 21st century. While wind power’s percentage now exceeds 6 percent, and biomass is approaching 4 percent, photovoltaic power has yet to reach one percent of total power production. This tiny portion of Germany’s energy supply is by far the most costly. Since feed-in prices for “renewable” power are guaranteed for 20 years,solar panels installed from the year 2000 to the present will cost German power consumers no less than 35 billion Euros.  Our export oriented economy can no longer support this luxury, particularly during a time of global recession.