Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Promise of shale gas throws ‘unexpected wrench’ into Germany’s green energy plans

The Washington Post reports:
Germany has one of the most robust green movements in the world, but economic pressures are tempting it to try something that critics say would harm the Earth: shale gas drilling. Motivated by a rapid-fire increase in natural gas production in the United States, business leaders and some politicians in Germany say they need to act quickly to prevent the country’s industrial core from departing for places where energy costs just a fraction of the price. They worry that the country’s ambitious environmental goals are far less meaningful if the economy withers in achieving them.
No word yet on whether Darryl Hannah is going to protest outside the German embassy in Washington D.C. in a protest against progress.