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Clean Break: The Story of Germany's Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It (Kindle Single) (English Edition) par [Davidson, Osha Gray]
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The European Union's biggest and most powerful industrial economy is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. It is doing something most Americans would say is impossible, but already Germany is running on 25% clean energy and it is on track to reach 80 percent by 2050. Some experts say it could reach 100 percent by then.

But Germany's energiewende, or energy transformation, is really a very American story that revolves around self-reliant individuals in a responsive democracy forging a national can-do vision.

".....a riveting account of Germany’s energy revolution." The Ecologist

"This book contains a nice combination of interviews, stories, and examples of how Germany is transitioning from a fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure to a clean, renewable one. It is an important and eye-opening analysis that should be read by anyone interested in emulating this feat in other countries."
Mark Z. Jacobson, Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

In the US, we're bombarded with messages about how renewables aren't and will never be affordable or scalable. Davidson shows us how it is possible with a storyteller's flair and a wonk's eye for detail.
–Kate Sheppard, reporter, Mother Jones

Like a solar tower in a field of mirrors Osha Gray Davidson shines an intense beam of journalistic competence on perhaps the greatest challenge of our time....while renewing a practical sense of hope that it’s not too late to move towards a literally brighter future.
David Helvarg, Author of ‘The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea.’

“.....a remarkable new book on how Germany became the undisputed green energy leader.”
Bill McKibben, author, journalist, activist

While this is a book about policy from top to bottom, it often reads more like a travel book, a journal of discovery through a modernizing nation whose rapid progress was at times as startling to the author as it will be to you.....the Germans’ just-do-it attitude may be another key reason that their nation, so comparable to ours in living standard, industrial base, economic system and culture, has raced so far ahead in making the changes all Americans realize, in our heart of hearts, are ultimately inevitable.
Ron Meador, MinnPost

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Australia is crying out for a Clean Break. 29 août 2014
Par Kay Deaves - Publié sur
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This is an excellent book, very clear and to the point. I personally believe it should be mandatory reading in all schools around the world, but particularly in Australia where we have successive governments who just don't see the writing on the wall. Children are our future and are intelligent enough understand this book and see how logical a renewable energy future would be. Here in Australia we have abundant sunlight and wind, great open spaces which would better serve us with wind and solar power rather than those ugly, dirty coal mines and CSG fields. I won't even mention the environmental damage and wastage of our precious water.

If Germany can have 100% renewable energy by 2030 as is being suggested, Australia has a chance to do much the same - and the lives of ordinary people would be transformed. We could get rid of all those greedy, foreign mining companies which are raping our country and get back to growing crops and raising cattle on the grasslands to provide food for us all. I for one do not want to be forced to buy imported fruit and vegetables when we have the best farming land in the world.

As this book makes clear, the secret to a clean energy future is not just generating clean energy but making our buildings more energy efficient as can be seen in the remodelling of the Reichstag. Also decentralising power production would encourage investment by entrepreneurs which would manage the transition far more efficiently than government could ever do. Our treasurer, Joe Hockey is a major disappointment - he calls wind turbines 'utterly offensive' so he has obviously not seen a coal mine or CSG field. Oh! Please give us sane politicians before we become the laughing stock of the world!

Towards the end of the book is a chapter called 'Afterword' written by Christopher Flavin, an energy analyst. This is a brilliant synopsis of the book and would be the part to read if one doesn't have time to read the whole book. As he says at the end of this chapter, 'Energy transformation is one of the greatest challenges our generation faces. Will we have the wisdom - and the courage - to follow the trail that has been so improbably blazed by one mid-sized country in the heart of Europe?' I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in energy transformation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great history of Germany's Solar FiT Program and Its Success 5 décembre 2012
Par T. Valenza - Publié sur
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For years, I've heard about Germany's famously successful feed-in-tariff (FiT) program, but I never knew how it started or why it became so successful. With Clean Break, now I know.

Davidson, who has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Solon, and other noted publications, took three weeks in the summer of 2012 to travel through Germany and learn all he could about Energiewend or "energy change."

It all started with Chernobyl's disaster in 1986. Fall-out from that failed nuclear plant drifted from Russia and contaminated crops. At the same time, reports showed that acid rain from country's coal plants were beginning to affect forests.

A local movement grew into a political movement, and with fervent voter support, solar became a leading solution for transitioning the country away from nuclear and fossil fuels to 80% renewable energy by 2050 -- or sooner.

Davidson also interviews the FiT pioneers and many Germans about their view of the program, utilities, and the proud self-reliance of German energy consumers.

In terms of applying Germany's success to America, Davidson points to our growing solar success, but that our own American-style Energiewend will depend on politics and policy. John Farrell, senior researcher for energy think tank The Institute for Local Self Reliance, also adds his thoughts on what it will take to have the same type of distributed solar model in America.

My own take is that the other reason for the Energiewend success was that it was borne of energy catastrophe, namely acid rain and nuclear disasters. (I say disasters because Fukashima's meltdown has recently reinforced Germany's commitment to solar policies.) In America, we seem to be more resilient to taking action based on BP oil spills, the Big Branch Coal Mine Disaster, or natural gas fracking earthquakes or explosions. Perhaps Hurricane Sandy's devastation will be our Chernobyl, but it's too early to tell...
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A road trip to Germany's Energy Transition 9 octobre 2016
Par erika.b - Publié sur
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A captivating, enjoyable read. An impeccably researched road trip revealing Germany's Energy Transition. Osha Gray Davidson explains in clear language how the Germans moved forward in the spirit of Sustainability. With common sense everyone wins when the political will and framework is set to switch to renewable energy and to increase energy conservation. ‘Clear Break’ investigates a blueprint for fighting climate change, reducing energy imports, stimulating technology innovation and a possible green economy, reducing and eliminating the risks of nuclear power leading to energy security.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Doesn't tell the whole story 11 janvier 2013
Par Shelly the Artist - Publié sur
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This is an informative book. However burning more coal like Germany is doing is a terrible idea. Climate change is the big threat, not nuclear power. Now that Germany has brainwashed their public into believing nuclear power is so dangerous they need to shut it down, "Eighty percent of Germans are now against nuclear power." Nuclear power is not inherently dangerous, it's the humans who make bad decisions in running nuke plants that are dangerous. As a result of shutting down their nuclear plants, Germany is increasing their carbon emissions by burning more lignate, the dirtiest kind of coal. They are burning a LOT more coal, which is disastrous for the planet. They are burning more coal because it's cheaper than natural gas, and are still buying nuclear power from France and now, buying more coal from China. So it's hard to see how Germany is any model to follow, when they have increased their carbon emissions and are still using nuclear power, just not the kind they create themselves. Their shutting down nuclear power in their country was as the book says, "an emotional reaction" and not a scientific one. The whole region will pay the price. Kudos to Germany for their aspirations for renewable power and for their new grid, something the US needs badly, but they should have amped up security and safety at their nuke plants, not shut them down.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The story of Germany's energy miracle, up close and personal 1 janvier 2013
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I've watched the evolution of Germany's switch to wind and solar power over the past decade with great interest and admiration. The amazing success of the Germans is all the more impressive because they receive only about half the average solar energy that we do in the U.S. Their experience shines the beacon on an entrenched powerful fossil energy industry that is fighting to keep a similar transformation from happening in the U.S.

The author is a superb writer who travelled extensively in Germany, interviewing many of the people at the heart of Germany's energy revolution. His captivating story details how the movers at the grass roots level took their inspiration from Jimmy Carter's vision for clean energy during the energy crisis of the 1970s, shaped the political agenda with nuclear fallout (literally and figuratively, as both Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi played a role), and ultimately democratized the energy generation industry against the objections of "big power".

Even though it's non-fiction, this book has all the drama and intrigue of a terrific novel. I'm reading it again and savoring its many subplots and vignettes. This book has something for everyone, but will be especially uplifting to those who are overwhelmed by the challenges of addressing the threat of climate change.
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