Dietmar Doering of the think tank Denken für die Freiheit (Thinking for Freedom) brings our attention to this exposé of green energy in Germany.Germany is a country completely obsessed with saving the planet from man-made CO2, and has been pursuing renewable energies with unmatched abandon, pouring tens of billions into green energy. Lots of countries use Germany as a model for the direction of the future of energy.
But before other states and countries decide to follow Germany’s lead, they need to take a closer look and to think again.
Is the German story a success? Far from it.
The reality, which is rarely revealed by the public media, is that the country is bordering on an environmental and energy debacle.
The normally very green German state television ARD presented a shocking piece on where the blind, ideological and zealous charge to renewable energy is taking the country.
ARD video here
The mad, blind rush to renewable energies
0:00 – 1:55: German pols are falling all over themselves, trying to take credit for the country’s booming renewables business. Billions of euros in subsidies are flowing everywhere and to anything that sounds renewable. It’s a runaway gravy train – one that is headed for a cliff. As the moderator says; “It’s an energy transformation gone amok”. The struggle to take credit for it likely will not last very long, once the damage gets tallied.
Thousands of micro hydro-power plants everywhere along rivers and streams are now chopping up the nation’s fish stock, mountains of corn for ethanol or driving up food prices, wind turbines are idled and don’t deliver power to the markets because of a lack of transmission lines – all generously subsidized. Professor Olav Hohmeyer of the University of Flensburg:
There’s no plan. There’s no idea of when, how much, and where the power is needed.”
Everything is just being thrown up randomly, without a plan. If it’s renewable, it gets built.
7000+ small-scale hydro power plants chopping up salmon and eel
1:55 mark – Germany has 7700 hydroelectric plants, most are very small scale and massively subsidized by the government. Germany’s vast network of rivers are now so dense with small-scale hydro plants that all paths for eel, salmon and other fish are cut off. A huge proportion of the fish and eel end up getting chopped up by the turbines. To solve the problem the government hired fishermen to try to help the fish bypass the turbines. With luck they are able to save one or two salmon…a week! “An enormous expense,” the ARD says. The fish that do make it upstream get chopped to pieces later on the way back down, see at 3:28 mark (warning – graphic!). Germany’s rivers have become the rivers of blood and chopped fish.
Oh! But isn’t that a small price to pay for rescuing the planet?
According to Winfried Klein, 350 of these 7700 hydroplants produce 95% of the hydro power, while the other 7350 small-scale plants produce only 5% of the hydro power, but kill most of the fish and eel. Klein says at the 4:10 mark that if these 7350 micro-plants were shut down, the power grid would not even notice it. Klein adds:
But oh no! Every little puny project has to get subsidized because of ‘ecological reasons’.”
The ARD questions a top environment bureaucrat (Jürgen Becker – state secretary of the Federal Environment Ministry) at the 4:40 mark, but just the looks of the guy tells the whole story. Indeed they’ve known about the problem for years…but these fools have been drugged up on CO2 propaganda for too long, and are literally brainwashed and think the survival of the planet is at stake. Fish dying off is a small price to rescue it.
Of course efforts are being generously paid for preventing the turbine-fish-chopping problem. But bypasses consisting of 6-inch plastic pipes have saved very few fish, the video shows. For the mini hydroplant operator it’s however lucrative (5:54 mark). He gets paid 20,000 euros ($28,000) per year by the government for the next 20 years just for having the bypass tube (most fish never find it). “A lot of money for a senseless solution,” the ARD comments.
So if by now you’re thinking this is approaching Soviet-scale mass mismanagement, you’re not too far from the truth. This is what happens when a senseless hysteria grips a country and sends it charging blindly into the dark.
The ARD says at the 6:20 mark that the government is in a frenzy to switch over to renewable energy, no matter the cost.
Biogas – food for fuel
7:07 mark – Biogas is also massively subsidized in Germany, and consequently the country has become overgrown by millions of monoculture acres of cornfields. Dairy farmers can no longer afford to feed their cattle because feed prices and land lease prices have shot up. All land is now being committed to saving the planet. For biogas plant operators, it’s a real cash-cow. Initially the biogas plants were intended to convert waste materials into gas, but instead farmers twisted the arms of politicians and are now paid handsomely to dump mountains of corn into their biogas plants. Little wonder that food prices are surging worldwide today – that’s the price of rescuing the planet.
Paying windparks NOT to produce
10:00 mark – In Germany some wind power does not even make it to the consumer’s electrical outlet. As Germany approves every windpark at every and any location, many areas are not adequately connected to the grid, meaning they are turning for nothing, or not turning at all. For example windpark operator Reinhard Christiansen near the Danish border is often ordered to shut down his turbines even under ideal wind conditions. This is because the power grid gets overloaded and there is still no possibility of transmitting the wind power from northern Germany to the industrial and populated areas in the south.
ARD reports that Christiansen has had to shut down his park 70% more often than last year. But for Christiansen it doesn’t matter. The state jumps in and pays for the power that otherwise would have been produced – money for nothing! “Absurd,” says the ARD. What’s needed are huge transmission lines to transport the power to the south. But this will cost billions more and have to go through lots of private property. And the government never reckoned that citizens would protest vehemently.
ARD also reports at the 12:00 mark that offshore parks too “face a debacle” because “the government has no plan for the power system”. They’re building the windparks, but they’re forgetting the transmission lines to bring the green power to the markets. As it is, the gigantic offshore windparks risk becoming monuments dedicated to the colossal energy stupidity of the government. The government is simply subsidizing the windmills, whether they can be used or not.
For countries and states thinking about copying the German model, you may want to think again.