By Hermann Scheer
For many years, Hermann Scheer used to be one of many world’s prime proponents of renewable power. during this, his final publication earlier than his demise in 2010, he lays out his imaginative and prescient for a planet a hundred% powered via renewables and examines the basic moral and monetary imperatives for any such shift. And most significantly, he demonstrates why the time for this transition is now. In Scheer’s view, speak of "bridging applied sciences" akin to carbon trap and garage or nuclear power – even (and probably particularly) by means of environmentalists – is actively harmful the extra the urgent schedule of the circulate to a hundred% renewable power. as a substitute, he deals up examples of the applied sciences that are operating (economically) this present day and information the coverage and marketplace stipulations which might let them flourish. In 1993, Scheer’s A sunlight Manifesto laid the rules for the line which has ended in annual newly put in renewable means this present day rivalling that of traditional strength assets. The power critical offers a realistic, inspirational map for the subsequent degree of the adventure.
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It determined decisions which took on physical forms, becoming a matter of course for the majority of the population. People usually try to understand the world in terms of what they see and according to their patterns of behaviour. A paradigm becomes a world view, and this world view determines our thoughts and deeds — even unconsciously - if alternatives are presented. These paradigms are even more persistent where strong interests with the ability to influence opinion are determined to uphold them.
G. research centres and international energy organizations such as the IEA) for fossil and nuclear energy which assume fossil energy reserves of a magnitude for which there is no empirical evidence. They are more realistic than scenarios which integrate nuclear plants such as 32 NO ALTERNATIVE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY fast breeder reactors into their future projections, although to date no reactor of this type is in operation. Or where, as noted above, the IEA recommends the building of new nuclear power plants, without indicating where the necessary quantities of uranium can be sourced or how to guarantee the long term, secure storage of the enormous quantities of atomic waste they generate.
It is therefore particularly striking that most of the more recent scenarios which focus at national level still assume an extensive, global supply network (with the exception of the German Federal Environment Agency’s network of regions and local autonomy, and one of the three options presented by the SRU). In contrast to these large-scale network scenarios, the 100 per cent plans and initiatives aimed at municipal and regional level are already being actively implemented. Therefore we have yet to discover how a comprehensive transition to renewable energy, one that meets all our energy needs, will actually be realized.