Green Party Leader Says Germany Consumes Only 80 Gigabytes Of Power At Lunchtime

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One reason for all the hysteria throughout Germany, and elsewhere, is because there are people out there who don’t know what they are talking about. Here’s an example: Cem Özdemir, a leader in Germany’s Green Party, said on national ARD television:

You know, we know the arguments. The arguments are not that new. At peak times, that is not in normal use times, then energy consumption is at a maximum in Germany around noon, between 11 and 12, we consume about 80 gigabytes, but we produce 140 gigabytes, that is about one and half times what we really need.”

Hey! My computer has a memory capacity of 2000 gigawatts.

H/T: Dirk H

And that’s why Germany doesn’t need any nuclear power, according to Özdemir.

Imagine if Sarah Palin had said such a thing. But because Cem Özdemir is a greenie, he gets away with it. Luckily this is on Youtube and so the networks can’t bury it. To be fair, Mr Özdemir appears to have been up all night, stoking the flames of hysteria, and so he can blame this gaffe on exhaustion.

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22 responses to “Green Party Leader Says Germany Consumes Only 80 Gigabytes Of Power At Lunchtime”

  1. Jimbo

    His eyes look really tired. Let’s give him a break on this one.

  2. Bob in Castlemaine

    Maybe virtual power is the answer to the world’s energy problems.

  3. R. de Haan

    No breaks policticians.
    If he wants to represent ‘we the people’ he better knows what he’s talking about.

    We have too many know nothings in politics who are only there to screw the public.

    If the Greens had any common sense they would immediately stop their Green Dream they live in their parallel world.

    There is no single Green Policy that will benefit the planet nor the people living on it. Let alone ‘save’ the planet.

    So absolutely no break for any politician, especially a Greenie.

    1. Nonoy Oplas

      I agree, R. de Haan. If he is honest, he should make a big apology for such idiotic statement. Bytes and Watts are world apart.

  4. R. de Haan
  5. R. de Haan

    Risk free power generation, you must be jokinghttp://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2011/03/15/risk-free_energy_surely_you_must_be_joking_106232.html

  6. R. de Haan
  7. R. de Haan

    There is no global warming II
    http://www.weatherbell.com/jd/?p=196

    (We don’t need Greenies, Greenies are obsolete)

  8. R. de Haan

    There is no global warming III
    http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2011/03/year-of-icebreaker.html

    (We need ice breakers, lots of them, even nuclear icebreakers)

  9. DirkH

    He CAN’t know what a “Watt” is; neither can he know what a “Byte” is – or what “giga” means. From wikipedia:

    “Özdemir ist der Sohn einer türkischen Gastarbeiterfamilie; er nahm 1983 die deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft an. Nach der Mittleren Reife machte er eine Ausbildung zum Erzieher. Anschließend erwarb er die Fachhochschulreife und absolvierte ein Studium der Sozialpädagogik an der „Evangelischen Fachhochschule für Sozialwesen Reutlingen“ (heute Evangelische Hochschule Ludwigsburg), das er als Diplom-Sozialpädagoge (FH) beendete. Ab 1987 war Özdemir als Erzieher und freier Journalist tätig.”

    Transl.: Studied Social Paedagogy; worked as educator / nursery nurse (?) and as free Journalist.

    He doesn’t know shit about energy.

    Welcome to the new masters of our energy supply. When they come into power, short all German industries and you’ll make a fortune.

  10. R. de Haan

    So he’s from the Spinach Academy?
    These people teach other people to be dumber than they are.

  11. TinyCO2

    Has this guy ever been seen during daylight hours and does he have any Transylvanian relatives? Might explain why bites are on his mind. Does he think that nuclear power supplies terrorbytes?

  12. Bernd Felsche

    I’ve added a link to this on my Facebook wall … title: “Watt bytes Green”

    Thank you for this opportunity to take pun-ative action. 😉

    1. Edward

      I was thinking along the lines of: ” Watt?..It’s Eco-techno-babble, sound byte came back to bite man”.

      Yours is better methinks, Bernd:>))

  13. Mel

    Hah – that’s funny. But seriously, most of the comments here are so poor. As if none of you ever misspelled anything. And what on earth has his appearence and origin to do with political views / opinions / statements??? That guy is fighting for a good thing and the only thing that our society can think about is that he used a wrong word in a certain context. That’s just sad.

    1. DirkH

      “And what on earth has his appearence and origin to do with political views / opinions / statements???”

      Nothing. Origin? I was talking about his non-technical education, not about his origin. He surely can only parrot physical units and wouldn’t know how to tell a Watt from a Watt-hour. Can you? I doubt it very much. And i have a problem when people who know nothing about how our technological society works are out to control it.

    2. TinyCO2

      But he’s not doing a good thing so it’s fair game to mock him IMO.

      His real stupidity is his opinions about how much power Germany needs and how it should be made. No group of power companies generate over 1.5 times as much energy as they can use. The excess was probably sold to another country because they were short of wind, solar or hydro power. Or is trading electricity a bad thing in your book?

      Similarly France produces excess electricity which it sends here to the UK. If they didn’t, we’d have power cuts. I appreciate the opportunity to turn the lights on, even if you’d have us in the dark. It keeps Green vampires away.

      1. DirkH

        Germany did, in fact, sell electricity to France last summer when a lot of their nukes were down with problems. I talked to some French engineers and they confirmed it.

        Even if we have overcapacity, it would be dumb to decommission a plant. Keep it on standby for the moments where you can sell urgently needed GWh’s to a neighbouring country for a very good prize. (Now we are entering the territory of supply & demand, another area where the Greens have NO expertise for all i know)

  14. M White

    Angela Merkel doesn’t seem to have a problem with this

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12769810

    “German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a “measured exit” from nuclear power in response to the crisis affecting four reactors in Japan.”

  15. DirkH

    Just found a Yamaha gasoline-fueled generator that delivers up to 1 kW. Has an inverter to produce high quality sine wave AC. 4 stroke engine. 1200 Euro. 12 kg weight. 2.5 liters will give you 4 hours of 1kW.

    Will not buy yet – but definitely some interesting and affordable products on the market. I could imagine a near future where every home will have generation capability that can run on various sources – Stirling engine, 4 stroke engine, gas or gasoline powered, PV, Battery.

    The Chinese are entering the inverter market as well (by now, with bad efficiencies, but that will improve).

    So, i know what to do when Cem messes up the grid… 😉

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