As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following opinion editorial written by opinion contributor Liz Peek and published by TheHill.com:
Sorry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), that Green New Deal of yours isn’t really very new after all. It’s actually an “Old Green Deal,” a rehash of the environmental platform called Energiewende, or “energy transition,” adopted in Germany in 2010.
And, in Germany, the Old Green Deal has been something of a flop.
The article goes on to state the following:
Similarities abound between the German program and the resolution proposed by House freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Like the Green New Deal (GND), Germany’s Energiewende called for a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
Energiewende built upon Germany’s Renewable Sources Act of 2000, which encouraged the use of wind, biofuels, hydropower and solar energy through a system of feed-in tariffs and also grid priority for renewable energy.
Like the GND, the Energiewende also included an ambitious roll-out of a national energy grid to facilitate the mandated increase in solar, hydroelectric and wind energy. The German program, like that of AOC, called for a “public bank” to finance the large-scale investment needed to facilitate the plan.
Also, the plan demanded that houses and factories be refitted to achieve greater energy efficiency; between 2006 and 2014, some 3.5 million homes were refurbished or built according to new efficiency standards at a cost approaching $200 billion.
CLICK HERE to read more of this opinion editorial, as Peek reports that the program in Germany has been a huge disappointment, and quoted one official as saying, “Germany as a pioneering country is on the brink of failure.”
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