Cost of going green

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    But the plan, backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and opposition parties alike, is running into problems in execution that are forcing Germans to come face to face with the costs and complexities of sticking to their principles.

    German families are being hit by rapidly increasing electricity rates, to the point where growing numbers of them can no longer afford to pay the bill. Businesses are more and more worried that their energy costs will put them at a disadvantage to competitors in nations with lower energy costs, and some energy-intensive industries have begun to shun the country because they fear steeper costs ahead.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/world/europe/germanys-effort-at-clean-energy-proves-complex.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp
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    Even knowing how the green energy-scam policies kill economies and cost of living, the Dems want to go full steam ahead for this cliff of unaffordable, inconsistent energy.

    The Dems are incapable and unwilling to lead by example, in this case Germany's example of certain failure.
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    In related news:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/05/usa-solar-fire-idUSL2N0H114420130905
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    In the UK, the move from coal and oil to more windmills and renewables is causing uncertainty in their energy supply:

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    Both Germany and Japan shut down their nuclear reactors in an overreaction to Fukushima. In Germany they increased their pollution because they had to turn on coal power plants. In Japan, they will potentially face power failures this winter and were asking the US for LNG.

    As far as the uncertainty associated with renewables, that has been known for a while and most sane system planners are accounting for it. There are increased costs associated with it.

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