“While Germany prides itself as a green champion, something paradoxical has happened in the last several years: CO2 emissions steadily fell from 1,051 million metric tons in 1990 to 813 million tons in 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster. But in 2012 and 2013, CO2 emissions rose again to 841 million tons. This can largely be attributed to an increase in the use of lignite for electricity production.”

—-   Christian Schwagerl, A Clash of Green and Brown: Germany Struggles to End Coal, enviroment360

 

“Germany has been filling the hole created by the nuclear shutdown mainly with coal. Remember, the original purpose of the Energiewende was simply to shut down the nation’s nuclear complex, not deal with climate change.”

—- William Tucker, What’s Going On in Germany, Real Clear Energy

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