Skip to comments.Fox News Claims Solar Won't Work in America Because It's Not Sunny Like Germany
Posted on 02/10/2013 10:29:22 AM PST by OKRA2012
Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany's solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany's government has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies. No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists on Fox & Friends: It's always sunny in Germany!
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
Gee, any 8th AF bombadier or navigator would certainly agree.
And here in Michigan all those solar panels would be covered with snow right now.......
It won’t work in America because we have a bunch of corrupt politicians who give money to political contributors to start bogus solar companies and push out the market from doing it itself.
...The incentives through the state-mandated “feed-in-tariff” (FIT) are not without controversy, however. The FIT is the lifeblood for the industry until photovoltaic prices fall further to levels similar for conventional power production.
Utilities and consumer groups have complained the FIT for solar power adds about 2 cents per kilowatt/hour on top of electricity prices in Germany that are already among the highest in the world with consumers paying about 23 cents per kw/h.
German consumers pay about 4 billion euros ($5 billion) per year on top of their electricity bills for solar power, according to a 2012 report by the Environment Ministry.
Critics also complain growing levels of solar power make the national grid less stable due to fluctuations in output...
You got that right. Money laundering at it’s worst.
There you may have a good argument against solar power.
But, to claim that Germany has a great deal more sun than the US is asinine.
Actually their bigger point was Germany is considerably smaller. But the bigger point is that solar is just as uneconomical in Germany as it is anywhere else!!! Just easier to hide the mass subsidies!!
Will Oremus is obsessed with Fox News
Well, FNC is lurching more and more to the left. Expect more stories like these from lib and RINO talking heads.
Faux News is a joke, so they throw a bone to conservatives every once in awhile.
Typical ad hominem attack that passes for commentary these days.
Ignore the train wreck that is solar energy with government collusion, and go with: Ha, ha, Fox News is stupid!
I agree, but Fox opened themselves up with it, plenty of reasons to oppose solar without staying stupid things like that.
Well, that was the plan, but...
...Solar subsidies cost German consumers billions of dollars a year and are widely regarded as inefficient. Even environmentalists are concerned that Berlin’s focus on solar comes at the detriment of other renewables. But the solar industry has a powerful lobby, and politicians have proven powerless to resist...
...[new environment minister Peter] Altmaier’s concessions to the solar industry are all the more baffling given that the German government had announced intentions to cut subsidies significantly, making plans to reduce the construction of photovoltaic systems to a reasonable level.
And Altmaier himself, in his previous role as whip for the Christian Democrats in German parliament, warned that subsidies for the solar industry were bringing about “billions in additional costs, every week, every month.”
Agreed. I lived there for two years. Yes, they have sunshine, but they also have lots to overcast and rain. It is sunnier than Washington state.
The reason it works in Germany is because they pay triple the rate per kilowatt hour than we do in the US.
0.25983 Euros = about 35cents per kWh
Here in Maryland, we pay around 9 cents cents per kWh.
Will Oremus - must have gotten an email from crazy David Brock at George Soros funded Mrdia Matters since he sent them out to all the left wing media about this.
"But I incorrectly stated that the chief difference between the U.S. and Germanys success with solar installations had to do with climate differences on a "Fox and Friends" appearance on Feb. 7. In fact, the difference come down more to subsidies and political priorities and has nothing to with sunshine."
"The fact that the solar industry is so heavily supported by government funds does not doom the solar industry. In fact, this type of seed money is very commonplace everywhere -- from Silicon Valley to the energy sector. In fact, according to Greentech Media, every energy source in the last 400 years of U.S. history has been subsidized."
Shibani Joshi joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as a reporter. Joshi brings experience in investment banking, strategy and business development, as she began her career as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.
I spent three years in Germany, “sunny days” were rare.
At some point you would think that Roosevelt could have stopped the Nazis from building that giant sunblocking umbrella over America.
It’s not as asinine as cnn reporterette asking yesterday if the coming flyby of an asteroid was caused by global warming (as reported on FR yesterday).
Living in Cincy, I would not waste the money!!
Consequently, yes, Germany, like Alaska, gets a lot more daylight in the summers than most Americans typically experience, but if that leads you to believe that you can lean more heavily on solar power, you're not going to enjoy the winters very much.
Ahhh, you beat me to it.
Say what? 400 years of U.S. history. Lets see, 1789 to 2013 is what, 223 years. Where did the other 177 years come from??
Both, the belief that asteroids contribute to global warming and the belief that the sun does not shine all that much in the US but shines all the time in Germany are asinine.
Free axes, coupons for free chainsaws, anything, ever?
If every network is responsible for what the “happy talk” shows say — if Katie Couric and Joy Behar are ABC and Kathie Lee and Hoda and the weatherman who pooped his pants are NBC — a lot of stones are going to be thrown.
I heard that Germany is cutting way back on solar energy
Spiegel reported that the global warming theory has lots of errors.
It was posted here on FR
“Say what? 400 years of U.S. history. Lets see, 1789 to 2013 is what, 223 years. Where did the other 177 years come from?? “
Dr Hansen at NASA
I don't even have to look (and give 'em a hit), it's a misquote, edited quote, or a wisecrack in jest.
The fact is, major reliance on solar cannot be achieved in the US, yet.
Yeah the southwest area really doesn’t get a lot of sun down there. I guess all the old folks that move there do so for the dry heat.
That is a funny pic. I am often embarrassed by how the Fox babes dress—and I like the fox babes as a general rule, but the fetish shoes, the Leg Chair and all the exposed skin makes me cringe.
Easy to tell a new arrival in Germany - the one who keeps asking, “Does it ever stop raining around here?”
Now, clear days were spectacular & appreciated.
FNC is as bad as the rest of them.
Joshi has no credentials in energy.
Her schooling is in finance.
“...to claim that Germany has a great deal more sun than the US is asinine.”
99+% of Germany is farther north than the Continental US, farther north than our northern border with Canada. In terms of sun benefit it is on a par with Alaska, and maybe a little worse off. See the photovoltaic visual in the full article.
Germany just ended the FIT for projects larger than 10MW. Projects larger than that must find a buyer for their energy before they build and they must freely negotiate the price of that energy with the buyer.
These solar plants in Germany must produce next to nothing in the winter time. It is pretty overcast much of the time.
“Fox News Claims Solar Won’t Work in America Because It’s Not Sunny Like Germany”
I was stationed in Bamberg Germany from January 1971 to January 1972.
I don’t recall seeing much sun there at all, in the months of November into March .
October 15, 2012
Today the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) officially announced the surcharge for renewable energy pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for 2013, the so-called EEG surcharge (EEG Umlage).
As widely expected it will rise from 3.592 ct/kWh in 2012 to 5.277 ct/kWh in 2013, constituting an increase of 46.9%. Consumers that cannot reclaim the (additional) 19% VAT will pay 6.28 ct/kWh in total...
It’s Always Sunny in Bamberg.
I can't speak for the Feds, but here they do it by making wood burning illegal...
One unknown FOX reporter makes a stupid statement and the FOX-bashers fly out of their caves like bats at sundown. You have more trust in Media Matters?
I always want to spell it, "Fok-Snooze."