July 19, 2018
It's disturbing how uninformed some of the comments are regarding President Trump's recent strong messages to our European allies, especially Germany. Consider this basic overview about a key element that he rightly expressed concern about regarding the German energy plan:
Fact #1: Germany was a lead proponent of the Paris "Accord." In that agreement, the signatories have identified "climate change" as a matter of utmost importance.
Fact #2: Those same countries (with Germany leading the way) promised that they will make significant CO2 reductions shortly.
Fact #3: Essentially none of those countries are actually meeting their promised CO2 reductions – and in some cases CO2 has gone up!
Fact #4: Over the last 50-plus years, the number one worldwide source of CO2 reduction has been nuclear energy.
Fact #5: Despite claiming the urgency of making CO2 reductions, under political pressure from alarmists, Germany chose to shut down its functioning nuclear facilities.
Fact #6: Germany's energy "plan" (Energiewende) was to have nuclear base-load generation replaced by renewables – a technical impossibility.
Fact #7: This reality dawned on them when this voluntary reduction in reliable electrical energy generation put Germany in a difficult spot – and they started experiencing an increasing number of brownouts and blackouts...........................
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