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I am not a huge enthusiastic supporter of coal energy, as I prefer nuclear, but I have to acknowledge facts. Political fears regarding nuclear power have overwhelmed the safe record of science and experience with nuclear power, and the world has turned to coal power.

The reality is… based on real decisions made by real governments, to solve real energy problems… coal energy is expanding worldwide, because wind and solar have failed to live up to the promised energy production. Wind & solar energy is much like Socialism, it is another political solution that looks good until it runs out of other people’s money, and fails to live up to it’s promised benefits to society.

We all know about China’s growing coal energy, so let’s look to the wind & solar energy promoter in Europe, Germany, to see the reality of coal energy. Germany’s example indicates that wind & solar energy benefits top out at about 30% of a nation’s energy need, much like the necessary compromise to fund government social(ist) services that demand about a 30% tax burden upon the populace (the break point where the costs to society exceed the benefits to society). We may postulate that the German populace may be forced to pay more for energy to achieve a political goal, a forced political burden due to a conspiracy like a CO2 emissions goal proscribed by the Paris Agreement, but as reality prevails, national elections can quickly address the cost vs. benefits burden upon the German society.

Quote: Germany’s image as selfless defender of the climate, which was once largely deserved, is now a transparent fiction. Germany has fallen badly behind on its pledges to sink its own greenhouse gas pollutants. In fact, Germany’s carbon emissions haven’t declined for nearly a decade and the German Environment Agency calculated that Germany emitted 906 million tons of CO2 in 2016 — the highest in Europe — compared to 902 million in 2015. And 2017’s interim numbers suggest emissions are going to tick up again this year.

Leading German think tanks agree that Germany can’t, at its current rate, slash emissions enough in the next two years to reduce its carbon output by 40 percent (compared to its 1990 levels) or 55 percent by 2030. The Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende calculates that Germany has thus far brought its emissions down by only about 30 percent since 1990, much of the reduction coming after unification, when eastern Germany’s industrial economy collapsed. “Only 30 percent instead of 40 percent less CO2 is not a little off the mark, but rather this would constitute a blatant failure,” said Patrick Graichen, director of Agora Energiewende, referring to the 2020 target.

Germany’s hypocrisy is ultimately a failure of its political leadership. Merkel’s recent term in office, explained R. Andreas Kraemer of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, was a triumph, he said, for the fossil fuel lobby. Most egregiously, he said, Germany slapped a tax on self-generated solar power that is used in private homes and offices. “The rate of installation of wind and solar power was slowed by government fiat and in violation of market forces,” Kraemer said.

Germany is Europe’s largest producer and burner of coal, which accounted for 40.3 percent of net power production in 2017: 15.5 percent from hard coal and 24.8 percent from lignite, also known as brown coal, among the dirtiest of fossil fuels, which Germany mines more of than any other country in the world. Germany’s electricity sector itself is responsible for more than a third of the country’s CO2 emissions. Even more damning: Germany is still digging new open-cast mine pits — as well as subsidizing the industry as a whole, although it has promised to phase out coal in the indefinite future (hard coal use will end in 2018). Among Europe’s power plants, Germany’s brown coal stations constitute six out of 10 of the worst polluters. The lignite power plants, which run 24/7 year-in, year-out, produce so much power that German utilities sell the surplus abroad.