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Spiegel vs. Bild | by Dodo - March 1, 2011 |

Then, in March 2004, came the final sign of the neocon makeover: weeks after Spiegel On-Line posted a long article debunking in detail the then loud anti-wind-power propaganda of the traditional energy industry, the print edition posted the total opposite, with this cover:


From the dream of environmentally friendly energy to landscape destruction with high  subventions Crazy Horse told us that two of Der Spiegel's top technical writers resigned in protest over that article, but then I couldn't find the story - now I discovered it, and more, in the German Wikipedia article on Stefan Aust.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 05:54:09 PM EST
Stefan Aust in Der Spiegel Windmühlen Wahn

The Spiegel title against the "windmill craze" got the wind power lobby on the barricades and caused an internal dispute, in the course of which Harald Schumann ("The Globalization Trap") from the Berlin office resigned.

Book Review : Hans-Peter Martin and Harald Schumann (1997): The global trap: Globalization and the assault on democracy and prosperity

This work explores and critiques the consequences of globalization for both democratic institutions and jobs. Pointing to the weakening of the nation state, it contends that the "one world" created by globalization is collapsing. The authors argue that in future only a fifth of the world's labour force will be needed, creating the 20:80 society; a global economy out of control will lead to social upheaval and, in the end, war. The book aims to provide an alarm call for the restoration of democracy, politics and the state.

Interesting read, although the Digital Revolution and its impact were not foreseen. The risk of upheaval in society was well illustrated..

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 05:55:27 PM EST
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An EU Love Affair with Fossil Fuel | July 27, 2020 |

In this tenth episode, German investigative reporter Harald Schumann describes how and why many EU member states seem to still have a crush on fossil fuels. Despite the overwhelming knowledge and practical evidence of the effects of climate change, governments keep subsidizing the use of fossil fuels. Schumann and his colleagues from the pan-European journalistic platform Investigate Europe just published a series of articles that expose this ridiculous and counter-productive policy of European governments. 

The European Green Deal (EGD) could be one of the most important and inspiring EU policy initiatives. It is testimony to civil society and citizens movement's impact. Excluding public investment funds to fossil fuel industries is key to foster a sustainable and just transition. But Investigate Europe's findings show that Europe subsidises its fossil fuel sectors by more than €137 billion per year. In comparison, the total annual budget of the EU is around €155bn.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 05:56:39 PM EST
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