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Published on September 23rd, 2013 | by Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz


Enemy Of Renewable Energy FDP Out Of German Bundestag

September 23rd, 2013 by  

Good news from Germany: In yesterday’s election, the FDP failed to clear 5 percent of the vote and will get no seats in the next Bundestag (Parliament).

FDPgoneI’m a former FDP voter, since I liked their position on civil liberties. But more than that I strongly dislike their opposition to renewable energy. They have been trying to brake and disrupt deployment.

With the FDP out, that leaves exactly zero parties in the Bundestag supporting the proposal of replacing the successful feed-in tariff with a renewable portfolio standard, recently floated again by the Monopolkommission. It didn’t have a chance anyway, but this election result makes that point even clearer.

The party I voted for, the Green Party, hasn’t done well either. They lost 2.3 percent compared to the last Bundestag election, receiving 8.4 percent of the vote. Unfortunately, that probably means that Hans-Josef Fell, their leading expert on renewable energy, won’t be reelected. He wrote before the election that the Greens would need to clear about 11.5 percent in Bavaria, and they only got 8.4 percent there.

With the FDP gone, we will probably see another CDU and SPD coalition government. They will need to discuss what to do about the outdated and failed “merit order” electricity market, and which changes to the feed-in tariff will be necessary. I have no idea what the result of these discussions may be.

But having the FDP out of these discussions is a large step forward.

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is a professor of German and European Law at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, blogging since 2003 at Lenz Blog. A free PDF file of his global warming science fiction novel "Great News" is available here.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Glad to see Germany voted for progress. Somewhat offsets the bad news that came from Australia.

    • Ronald Brakels

      You may laugh now, but when aliens whose only weakness is their allergy to budgies invade, you’ll need a national leader who can smuggle them onto their mothership. And Australia has now got that covered.

      • A Real Libertarian

        But Tony Abbott IS an alien invader!
        Why else do you think his policies are focused on turning Earth into Venus? Terraforming!

        • Ronald Brakels

          Odd, his biography says he arrived in Australia on a boat, not a spacecraft. Obviously I’ll have to investigate this further and find out what’s going on.

          • A Real Libertarian

            According to Wikipedia “Abbott and his family left the UK for Australia on the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme ship Oronsay“.
            I don’t know about you, but that sounds a heck of a lot like Spaceship Orion’s Day.

          • Ronald Brakels

            Well, Oronsay is a Scotts gaelic word meaning island or something like that, and David Tennet is Scottish and he’s a Timelord from the planet Galifrey, so it’s all starting to come together.

          • A Real Libertarian

            Harold Saxon?

            Well, Abbot is a title.

  • jburt56

    Hopefully Kochification of German politics has been thwarted.

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