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Learning from Germany’s Clean Energy Missteps

September 20th, 2013

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American clean energy advocates like to tout the latest European energy accomplishments as proof that the United States is falling behind. Clean energy provides 25 percent of Germany’s energy demand! Germany has the greatest share of wind and solar among the G20 countries!

These are important accomplishments, to be sure. But this rapid growth has come at a cost: the highest energy prices in Europe. Are there ways we can achieve the milestones that Germany has reached while avoiding the economic downside of high costs? A new report by the respected German newspaper Der Spiegel provides some hard truths, and a look at three important lessons for us in the United States:

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What would Dieter do?

October 14th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics Blog.

Sprechen Sie Trade?

When it comes to exports, the United States could learn something from Germany.

In the second quarter, Germany’s economy grew at a blistering annual rate of 9%, almost all of which was due to robust exports. In August, German manufacturing orders expanded by a healthy 3.4%, driven by strong foreign demand for products like Audis in China. America’s economy is four times larger than Germany’s, but Germans export more manufactured goods than us, and those exports account for over a third of Germany’s GDP.

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For energy reform advocates, lessons from health care

August 2nd, 2010

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This piece was originally published in The Washington Post.

With the United States struggling to recover from a job-killing recession, a Democratic president asks a Democratic Congress to pass sweeping reform of a major sector of the economy. “We can no longer afford to continue to ignore what is wrong,” he explains. “We must fix this system, and it has to begin with congressional action.” The public, however, rejects this plea. The proposal dies in Congress, and recriminations begin. Chastened and disappointed, advocates regroup and seek a new path forward.

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