How Not To Do It
Lessons Learned from Germany’s Great Green Catastrophe
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  • Jim__L

    Take the Green subsidy money, reduce it by a factor of 10 (or 100), and put it into R&D instead of propping up markets.

    You’ll get farther.

  • Andrew Allison

    You neglected to point out that the reliance upon Russian natgas caused by this insane policy has made Germany impotent in the current tussle with Putin.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    Does anyone think that Obama, or the democrats in general, have learned the slightest thing from this “lesson?” On the contrary they are trying as hard as they can to do the same here.

    • Dan

      of course they have, you raise the rates which benefits the rich, subsidize the poor and screw the middle

  • gunsmithkat

    The whole premise of “green energy” is a fraud based upon that other great fraud “global warming”. Repeat after me: carbon dioxide is not a poison, it is plant food.

  • rheddles

    The lesson is that when government gets involved to make things better, it rarely does. See also, heath, education, welfare etc.

    • free_agent

      OTOH, one must admit that Social Security and Medicare have achieved their stated goals, and we would be loathe to part with them. And while the traditional “welfare” payments have a lot of related problems, getting rid of them would be obviously disastrous. Similarly, the United States’ involvement in World War II generally made things better. The importance of *competence* in social engineering is at least as great as it is in other areas of technology.

      • rheddles

        I would not agree that Social Security and Medicare, programs that if undertaken in the private sector would lead to prosecution as Ponzi schemes, have achieved their goals. And both will be bankrupt in 20 or so years unless we transfer more income from young productive workers to old unproductive consumers. They cannot go on for ever.

        It is not at all clear that getting rid of traditional welfare payments would be disastrous in the long run. Short term it absolutely would bring a jarring dislocation to a number of dependents, some in that condition unavoidably, some not.

        Gosh, if WWII generally made things better, something with which a lot of mothers and widows might quibble, II can’t wait for WWIII. But one of the reasons for forming the United States was to provide for the common defense, something that has been done if not at a reasonable cost. Mission creep to global hegemon is more debatable.

        Social “engineering” is not technology, it is tyranny.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Government cannot pick winners or losers in the market place. Every time they try, it ends badly. The only way to reduce the poor Quality, Service, and Price of Government is to limit the Government to only those things, that only a Government can do (Defense, Justice, Foreign Relations), and leave everything else to the free market.

  • free_agent

    One interesting aspect is that the choice of *how* to fund these changes (through an electricity surcharge, exempting large manufacturers) is pretty much independent of *what* to fund. And the funding method was one that was greatly regressive, compared to the obvious alternative of paying for it from the general government budget. So there ought to be a separate analysis of the politics behind that.

  • Joseph Hall

    Congratulations, you’ve earned your paycheck from the Koch Brothers today. The alternative energy field isn’t the future, it’s the here and now. And the fossil fuels industry you’re carrying water for is finished.

    • Fat_Man

      Don’t hold your breath.

      • Jim__L

        Rather, we should ask him to please hold his breath. It’s more difficult to talk that way. Unconsciousness would be an improvement, as well.

        There’s even something in it for him — he emits less CO2 that way!

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