Chancellor Merkel on the German Energy Shift (Energiewende)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a press conference on Monday this week. There is one point on the German energy shift she made I would like to highlight:

Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass wir die Energiewende schaffen. Wir haben jetzt gerade einmal das erste Jahr von zehn oder elf Jahren, die wir Zeit haben, hinter uns. Ich halte es mit einem Journalisten, der neulich geschrieben hat: Wenn man auf so einem langen Lauf oder in so einem langen Projekt ist, dann kann man nicht nach einem Zehntel der Zeit erklären, das sei gescheitert oder das sei nicht zu schaffen.

My translation: “I am convinced that we will be successful in the energy shift. We are now only in the first year of ten or eleven years that are our time frame. I agree with a journalist who recently wrote: If you are in a marathon or in such a long-term project, you can’t declare after one tenth of the time that the project has failed or is impossible to achieve.

I agree with this sentiment. The task of getting the energy system 100 percent renewable will take a couple of decades no matter what. We are just at the beginning of that development.

 

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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