The expansion of wind power in the first half of this year collapsed to its lowest level since the introduction of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in 2000. All in all, just 35 wind turbines were build with an output of 231 megawatts. “This corresponds to a decline of 82 percent compared to the already weak period of the previous year”, according to the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) in Berlin.Well done to the German environmentalists for holding to their principles. I've been very hard on the environmental movement in the past, mostly because the rampant hypocrisy so often on display. But not here. Anyone who loves the outdoors can applaud this victory, whether you believe in man made global warming or not.
“This makes one nearly speechless,” said Matthias Zelinger at the presentation of the data. The managing director of the Power Systems division of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) spoke of a “blow to the guts of the energy turnaround”. This actual development doesn’t match “at all to the current climate protection debate”.
The most important cause lies in the legal resistance of wildlife and forest conservationists fighting new wind farms. The BWE President referred to an industry survey of the onshore wind agency. According to its findings, more than 70 percent of the legal objections are based on species conservation, especially the threat to endangered bird species and bats.
And today is a twofer in non-hypocritical environmentalist news:
Greta Thunberg to sail Atlantic for climate conferencesMiss Thunberg is a bit of a social media sensation in Scandinavia. She and I clearly disagree on whether mankind is causing the heat death of the planet, but good for her sticking to her principles. She has chosen a very inconvenient (and quite frankly pretty uncomfortable) alternative transportation mode to keep from being a hypocrite on the subject. In this she is seemingly unique among all the world's climate activists - none of them have given up jet travel to climate conferences. Thunberg is showing everyone that it really isn't easy being Green, but being Green is exactly what she is being.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has accepted a ride across the Atlantic by boat to attend two key climate conferences.
The teenager will make the journey aboard the Malizia II, a high-speed 18-metre (60ft) yacht built to race around the globe.
“We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to New York in mid August,” she tweeted.
Thunberg refuses to fly because of the environmental impact of air travel.
And a little child shall lead them.Bravo to Miss Thunberg. The kids are all right. Maybe wrong, but all right.
- Isaiah 11:6