By contrast, the US slumbered along, installing 1.8 GW of solar power in 2011. We make a great show here about renewable energy. But the truth is, many other countries are way ahead of us.
Obama just announced plans to expedite wind farms in the Great Lakes. Good! But this will probably take years to happen if at all because of lawsuits from NIMBYs, most of whom totally support renewable energy except if they might have to look at a wind farm, solar farm, or power line.
Germany apparently doesn’t have this kind of endless squabbling. Rather, they have consensus that renewable energy is a good thing.