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Germany gets almost half its energy from solar power

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    Reference: Treehugger, May 28, 2012: Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power

    From the article:

    "German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours of Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank has said ... Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50% of the nation's midday electricity needs."

    Also from Tree Hugger:

    The amount the average American taxpayer pays in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry over 5 years: $521.73.

    The amount the average American taxpayer pays in subsidies to the solar industry: $7.24

    FACT: If solar got the same subsidies as fossil fuels, it would be more economical.

    Makes sense to me. Why doesn't the media publicize these facts?  All we hear is the Solyndra story over and over and over again. That's the Republicans' and Mitt Romney's mantra about Obama's renewable energy proposals...and they are winning that propaganda war so far. Instead we get drill baby drill...drill baby drill...

    Don't let a few facts get in the way of Republican drill baby spin stories...

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    Schmidt, You asked this question.

    “Why doesn't the media publicize these facts?”

    You have to remember, the money system owns our media. 

    Germany is the world leader for solar power, getting the highest percent of their grid from solar, than any other country.  Germany has less sunny days than the state of Oregon; do you see something wrong with the current solar picture in the rest of the world?  For sure I do, I seen the power of oil profits and fuel tax kill solar after Jimmy Carter.  Did you see my post “Prodigal Sun?”  It tells how Regan took the solar panels off the white house and kill solar, thirty years ago.  Yes, if we have a Republican president again, solar will die again, all the work done this term, will be killed, just like Jimmy Carter’s work was killed thirty years ago.

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    Thought this was relevent
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    Indeed solar and wind energy and other renewables could dramatically decrease our dependence on FOSSIL fuels and Nuclear energy.

    If Germany can do, the US which is far more rich with sun could also do it. I have been making my own energy for over seven years now and I also live in a region that is NOT sun heavy. All those who say there is not enough sun are just making excuses and they are helping fossil fuel dependence and helping to destroy the planet faster: Dummmassses!

    Make Your Own Energy (MYOE). It is simple and not at all expensive.