Germany’s online business news magazine WirtschaftsWoche (business week) here has an interview with Professor Gonde Dittmer (right), who claims Germany’s transition to renewable energies so far has been a grand failure. The title of the WirtschftsWoche piece:
An illusion…not a single kilogram CO2 saved
Dittmer, a professor of mathematics and electrical engineering, tells WirtschaftsWoche that all the solar and wind energy installed so far has not saved a single kilogram of CO2 and that these renewable energies are not green at all.
He also calls the claim that 25% of Germany’s electricity is renewable “an illusion”. He tells WirtschaftsWoche that a wind turbine first needs to run 4 years before it compensates the energy that was needed to produce the system in first place. Dittmer says that instead of saving energy, solar and wind power have had the opposite effect: “To the contrary the result is increased CO2 emissions.”
Huge tab for the public
Dittmer also thinks that replacing older wind turbines with more efficient new turbines (repowering) is a gimmick that will make little difference. He blasts the renewable energy industry as a money-maker for a select few at the expense of the general public:
The true aim of the Energiewende is not the reduction of CO2 emissions – rather economic profit. […] It’s all about a redistribution from the bottom to the top.”
“Naivety, ignorance, ideology, illusions…”
Dittmer reminds us that when the subsidies run out and the costs mount, the consumers will be forced to pick up a massive tab, and that they have actually been duped to gladly do so.
The losers are, in addition to the climate, as you have correctly said, are private households who finance this system with compulsory levies. […] The Energiewende policy so far is based on naivety, ignorance, ideology, illusions and false incentives.”
Dittmer, a retired professor, also calls the notion of setting up some windmills and solar panels and thinking that this will do the trick “absurd”. He tells WirtschaftWoche: “We don’t have the space for this, we don’t have the money and we don’t have the technology.”
In his view the solution to the “problem” is to drastically reduce energy consumption. He asks if it’s really necessary to heat every room in the house and to fly on holidays.
He also believes that the electric cars will be a folly because much of the energy gets wasted and that they would only further burden the current supply system.
Photo credit: www.gonde-dittmer.de/