November 20, 2012
The Reagan Devolution

We just laughed when Jimmy Carter wore that silly cardigan sweater on TV and talked about achieving energy independence being the “moral equivalent of war” (Acronym: MEOW). Well, what the hell, what do you expect from a country full of Americans? The Germans, however

Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The architects of the clean energy movement Energiewende, which translates to “energy transformation,” estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of Germany’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

Germans are baffled that the United States has not taken the same path. Not only is the U.S. the wealthiest nation in the world, but it’s also credited with jump-starting Germany’s green movement 40 years ago.

“This is a very American idea,” Arne Jungjohann, a director at the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation (HBSF), said at a news conference Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. “We got this from Jimmy Carter.”

Germany adopted and continued Carter’s push for energy conservation while the U.S. abandoned further efforts. The death of an American Energiewende solidified when President Ronald Reagan ripped down the solar panels atop the White House that Carter had installed.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 20, 2012 11:37 AM
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Odd how often everyone laughed at Carter and bitched him out about moralizing about the decline of American ethics. And yet, look, now we have Republicans bloviating on and freaking ON about morals, ethics, family values, and how they love Jeebus.

Hypocrites and liars who talk the talk and laugh at men who walk the hard walk.

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on November 20, 2012 12:35 PM

Jimmy Carter was/is ahead of the curve on so many issues. It hurts that he was/is treated with such disdain while St. Reagan can do no wrong.

I am atheist, yet still respect JC's (Jimmy Carter's) biblical values.

Posted by: LanceThruster on November 26, 2012 5:14 PM
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