Graeme wrote:Solar and other renewable energies can deliver abundant long-term energy for all, if we stop rejecting projects for short-term 'cost' reasons. The German Renewable Energies Act, the so called Feed-in-tariff is a good example of how a well designed policy can unleash the renewable energy uptake and make these technologies competitive.
The legislation resulted into a 15% share of Germany's total electricity demand only within 10 years. 300,000 jobs were created and Germany became a world leader in this innovative technology sector, holding out fresh opportunities to thousands of small electricity suppliers.
We need to cut back for many reasons -- environment (even if AGW Doom ain't true there are many other problems like peak fish and pollution on and on), peak oil, peak resources, water.
What I don't quite get though is can you really get MORE growth while CUTTING BACK? Your article mentions all the jobs created, but at the end of the day if you're really cutting back then it's impossible to add net jobs. By definition, if you're growing then you aren't cutting back.