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Europe's Energy Transformation, and Why We're Being Left in the Dust


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Europe, renewable energy, solar, wind, reduced emissions, shift away from fossil fuels, transitioning to clean energy, carbon tax, feed-in tariff, US energy policy, lagging behind, political dysfunction, climate change )

Brian
- 491 days ago - truth-out.org
"Americans' greatest challenge in energy generation is appreciating what is possible because too many of us don't know what is already happening in other parts of the world - for example, the powerful story of Europe's energy transformation."



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jan b. (3)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:52 pm
$1402424264701 is the cost of two wars...and still climbing........and Over 10 years, the total revenue loss from the tax cuts to the weathiest .... comes to $3.9 trillion, according to the US Treasury.
So that's a good reason why we're behind.......So who was mainly-- responsible for these policies.....the blame goes to the republicans.
 

Brian M. (143)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 1:09 pm
The article, "Europe's Energy Transformation, and Why We're Being Left in the Dust," is primarily about the success that the EU is having in transitioning away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy; how the US is lagging behind; and what the US could do to catch up.

The blame game by contrast is a bait-and-switch technique commonly used by both parties of the American corporate-sponsored duopoly to distract the American people from the failures of the system as a whole. Neither party has addressed climate change, much less taken real action to halt it. Thus, the blame game begins to ensure that, no matter what side of the spectrum the individual American finds herself, they will find themselves guided to supporting the lesser evil. Lesser evil is, of course, always evil. The problem is a political system funded by corporations to install leaders already vetted by the corporations and to ensure the will of the corporations is met. The American people, of course, are the ones who wind up paying the costs of being left in the dust.

What America needs now is the Green New Deal that put millions of Americans to work transitioning this nation and its infrastructure away from fossil fuels and towards clean, renewable energy. The Green New Deal, of course, does not find any support from either of the corporate parties of the two party system.
 

Nancy M. (219)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 1:23 pm
I am not sure we will have enough sense to do this. Too many would rather "drill bay drill". Sad really.

Thanks for the story.
 

Laurie H. (673)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 6:46 pm
We are sadly behind, but I hope America will transition towards safe, clean, green, renewable energy completely very soon! There are jobs to be created and an improved environment just waiting in the wings!~ Let's dump BIG OIL on it's greedy head and move on to greener pastures now!` Thanks so much Brian~~~
 

Shirley S. (171)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:26 pm
Very interesting informative reading. We here in AU have a carbon tax & many solar ideas put to use.America does need to adopt these same measures.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:31 pm
Excellent article, thanks Brian. And, we DO NOT FRACK either. Where you are attempted to get the devastating Keystone XL from your neighbor, we were fortunate enough to get a gas pipeline from our (almost)neighbor.
But the real issue in the US is that of political willfulness which is crippled by corruption.
 

Pat N. (8)
Friday December 14, 2012, 10:24 pm
I knew about Germany but didn't realize that many other countries are doing the same thing.
 

Marie W. (65)
Friday December 14, 2012, 11:21 pm
Big oil owns USA.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:28 am
Thanks.
 

Nimue P. (195)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:18 am
Noted.
 

Pogle S. (88)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:24 am
It's a shame that the Brits are not doing so much for a green future. All we seem intent on doing at the moment is jumping on the fracking bandwagon and worrying about CO2 emissions later on tomorrow. :-(
 

Faye Swan (23)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:11 am
Noted - thank you!
 

Angelus Silesius (64)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 6:07 am
At the beginning of the Obama administration, Joe Biden had his green task force. I submitted several ideas and never even got so much as an email acknowledgement. Here i was trying to help and the adminstration made me feel like crap.
 

Brian M. (143)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 10:47 am
It is truly hard to be hopeful for real progress in transitioning this nation away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy when progressives keep being duped into throwing their support away on mainstream, corporate centrists who, at best, offer the left only the words they want to hear, not real action or real change. Perhaps the progressive left needs to realize that the only change that we can really believe in is that which we actually see. Cheap talk is no longer enough. But what can Americans really expect when they refuse to change the system that only offers them choices that profit the corporate elites? There are two dominant, corporate-sponsored, war-mongering, capitalist parties that give us the best government that Big Business can buy. We need parties that actually represent what's best for the people and the environment.
 

Nancy C. (790)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 10:57 am
Fracking and corporate politicking need to be squashed while we address global warming now. We cannot rely on the politicians whose hands are put in motion and threatened by lobbyists, insane laws, and greed.
 

Brian M. (143)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 5:15 pm
Absolutely right, we need the people to decide that their lives and the lives of their children are worth fighting for...we need a people's march to demand real action on climate change...not just more cheap talk.
 
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