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And now Köhler himself. Indeed he voiced another SPD-firendly opinion in his interview: he supports the German exit from nuclear energy, citing final storage and safety concerns (though he thinks the transition from nuclear+coal to regeneratives will take longer than "we wish today", thus giving a positive signal to his CDU backers too).

Once again we see how the political process avoids facing the crisis of our civilization, tending toward compromise when in certain situations there is none.  That Köhler himself doesn't see the advantage in having the world's export leader use it's already strong advantage in renewables to further cement its position, while at the same time pointing the rest of the globe toward the financial/industrial effort necessary to secure our sustainable future, shows the lack of vision by this banker.  Even in banking terms he should recognize the financial advantage accruing to a globally industrial Deutschland, his prime constituency, but instead leaves the chance to use vision aside, rather pandering to political process.

I'm pleased he's taken a public stance against facets of Anglo Disease, but disappointed that he doesn't yet see what's truly at stake.  Fook man, stand on what Germany's already shown the entire world, and take it farther!

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon May 19th, 2008 at 05:37:13 PM EST
Of course, i forgot to say i learned from this fine, detailed diary, so Danke.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon May 19th, 2008 at 05:41:24 PM EST
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Actually, he did talk about renewables, what's more, even about significant changes, but he gave a sop to everyone.

"Ich halte es für zwingend, dass Deutschland eine entschlossene langfristige Strategie zur Nutzung regenerativer Energien und zur massiven Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz entwickelt und umsetzt", sagte der Bundespräsident. "Doch es gibt auch ernst zu nehmende Studien, die uns eine Energielücke vorhersagen, mit erheblichen Risiken für Wirtschaft und Arbeitsplätze." Köhler fügte hinzu: "Ich würde nicht ausschließen, dass wir mehr Zeit brauchen, und mir wünschen, dass wir darüber eine Diskussion mit den Bürgern führen: Traut ihr euch eine so tief greifende Umstellung zu? Wisst ihr, welcher Veränderungsbedarf und welche Veränderungsgeschwindigkeit in den Lebensgewohnheiten auf uns zukommen?""I believe it is imperative that Germany develops and implements a firm long-term strategy for the use of renewable energy and for massive improvement in energy efficiency", the Federal President said. "But there are also serious studies which predict us an energy gap, with significant risks for the economy and jobs." Köhler added: "I would not exclude that we need more time, and I would wish that we have a discussion with the citizens: 'Do you dare such a profound changeover? Do you know what demand of change and what speed of change in lifestyle comes at us?"


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon May 19th, 2008 at 06:44:45 PM EST
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