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#61 thatlookseasy

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

its both. my point is its much easier to do your specific part as opposed to a mega macro way.


While there are plenty of good reasons to reduce waste on an individual level, if your goal is to actually change the trend in atmospheric CO2 concentration (and the resulting warming and ocean acidification) then its simply not going to be effective

#62 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:48 AM

I've come to learn about what a majority of Germans believe is their future—and perhaps our own. There is no better place to begin this adventure than the Reichstag, rebuilt from near ruins in 1999 and now both a symbol and an example of the revolutionary movement known as the Energiewende. The word translates simply as, "energy change." But there's nothing simple about the Energiewende. It calls for an end to the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power and embraces clean, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The government has set a target of 80 percent renewable power by 2050, but many Germans I spoke with in three weeks traveling across this country believe 100 percent renewable power is achievable by then.

Such a massive power shift may sound impossible to those of us from the United States, where giant oil and coal corporations control the energy industry and the very idea of human-caused climate change is still hotly contested. Here in Germany, that debate is long over. A dozen years of growing public support have driven all major political parties to endorse the Energiewende. If a member of parliament called climate change a hoax or said that its cause is unknown, he or she would be laughed out of office.

http://www.bloomberg...n.sustain.story


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