Subject: Viridian Note 00342: German Greens
- Key concepts
- German Green party, German politics,
German elections, green energy policy, giant
- Attention Conservation Notice:
it's very German.
Entries in the Biofuture Robot Dog Contest:
- Laura Sterling
- Mark Simpkins <mark*nodalpoints.org>
- Paul Jimenez <pj*place.org>
- Giles Turnbull <giles*gorjuss.com>
- david rice <david*futurefeedforward.com>
- Duncan Stewart <stewarts*stewarts.org>
- David Bergman <bergman*cyberg.com>
- Eric Nehrlich <nehrlich*alum.mit.edu>
- Matt Jones <matt*blackbeltjones.com>
- Dave Phelan <dphelan*pavilion.co.uk>
From: "Four Eyed Dog" <dog*ictadopac.com>
"The Lovata Bros. entry for the Viridian Bio-Future Dog Design
Competition is online. We're especially interested in any specific
comment/criticism about our 4idog creation."
Troy Lovata, Todd Lovata
"All of the colors seen on the squashes in our native gardens were to be
found on the dogs we had in the old times. They were yellow-chested,
spotted, brown and of other colors...Icta-Dopac or Eyes-Four. This we
may translate as Four-eyes. This dog was so called because he had small
dark spots over the eyes that made him look as if he had four eyes. He
was very gentle. Hidatsa Wolf-Chief, 1913."
- clara park <clara*futurefeedforward.com>
"Hi, here's an idea I had for a dog of the future == my artistic impulses didn't
get me very far, but I had fun. By the way, I am not David; I just know him
very well. Thanks, Clara"
- Reid Harward <mudlab*adelphia.net?>
- Tracey Callison <tracey*lensman.org>
"Here ya go. Enjoy! I had so much fun with this. I want one."
This contest ends tomorrow: September 30, 2002.
Check out that tipi-friendly wireless broadband.
My goodness, these "transnationale.org" people
sure look busy.
"Germany's Greens: from flower power to corridors of power"
"(...) The Greens had 51,000 members in 1998. Now they have only 46,000.
But they have won new supporters, 'those who reproached us for our
idealism before we proved ourselves in government' (...)"
(((It's incredible that there are a mere 46,000 German Greens
and yet they scare straight people so totally. Plus, they even
managed to boost themselves two percentage points in the
latest German elections == given that weather violence submerged
about half of Germany.))))))
"Victorious German Greens mix eco-aims with realism
"GERMANY: September 25, 2002
"BERLIN == Germany's Greens pledged this week to push ecological issues to
the fore after a late surge in support gave them their best ever general
election result and saved Germany's centre-left government.
"However, Joschka Fischer, the foreign minister and
architect of their
electoral triumph, promised the Greens would not 'flex their muscles',
implying he would continue to shepherd the party along a path of
"Greens leaders met this week after the party had
increased its share of
the vote by almost two points to 8.6 percent from 6.7 four years ago, to
prepare for fresh coalition negotiations with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's
Social Democrats. (...)
"Analysts said this meant a sharper focus on
transport, sustainable farming and renewable energy as well as a possible
rise of energy tax. (...) But there was no escaping the fact that much of
Greens' triumph was due to Fischer, the revolutionary-turned-realist whose
personal charisma the party traded on ruthlessly. ((("Ruthlessly"? Joschka
is Germany's most popular politician. He's ruthlessly beloved.)))
(...) "Four years on, the party's election manifesto was
vaguer than in
1998, with no proposed new rate of energy tax or plans to cut motorway
"But they still surpassed their eight percent
pre-election target to
remain Germany's third political force, and in power.
"They also won their first outright constituency seat
campaigner Christian Stroebele, who drove a small electric car throughout
his campaign. (((Beep-beep!)))
"Companies with an environmental edge saw their stocks
gain after the
Greens' success. The wind power specialist Plambeck shot up 15 percent in
Frankfurt, while the green energy firm Umweltkontor rose 3.3 percent.
"In Oslo, the Norwegian bottle and can recycling group
Tomra opened 12
percent higher on hopes of wider recycling in Germany after the election, but
later fell back." Story by Philip Blenkinsop
(((Maybe one should change one's vote after watching one's
home wash away.)))
"Environment Becomes a Political Football in Germany
"With half of Germany submerged under water and elections
environment has suddenly taken on a new urgency in the political campaign.
Has the Green Party found a new weapon against the conservative
"The storms that have wreaked havoc in southern and
this past week have presented an unintended political opportunity for
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder¹s government coallition.
"Lagging behind the Christian Democratic Union and
Chrisitian Social Union
in the polls before the Sept. 22 elections, Schroeder's social democratic and
Green party coalition government has used the flooding to tout their
environmental record and attack the Union¹s lack of an environmental vision.
"The Greens took special issue with chancellor candidate
Stoiber¹s failure to appoint a person responsible for environmental affairs in
his much-publicised shadow cabinet.
"'In the face of the ongoing natural catastrophe,
candidate Stoiber should
reflect on why nobody in his so-called competence team is responsible for
the environment,' Green Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told the Thuringer
Allgemeine newspaper on Tuesday. 'Precisely in Stoiber¹s Bavaria, there was
unchecked construction in the flooded areas.' (((Ouch!))) (...)
"The environmental spokesperson of the Greens, Reinhard
Stoiber of 'environmental ignorance'. In a statement he said, 'those such as
the union who want to end the eco tax and reject the further expansion of
renewable energies, are dealing in an utter irresponsible manner'. (((Yeah,
but who cares? We're rich businessmen!)))
"The so-called 'eco tax' is considered by advocates to be
one of the great
achievements of Schroeder's coalition government since it came to power in
1998. The tax, placed on everything from fuel to electricity, is meant to
spur conservation by gradually increasing the cost of energy and raw
materials, kick-start investment aimed at energy conservation and generate
revenues to bring down labour costs." (((Sounds pretty "responsible" to me.
Too bad it's political suicide everywhere but Germany and far from a majority
taste even there.)))
"Both proposals have come under heavy criticism by
industry leaders and
opposition parties. Business leaders felt the eco tax would scare away
consumers fearing higher electricity bills and rising gasoline costs.
Opposition parties have maintained that nuclear energy is the most
inexpensive form of energy currently available. (((Except for that
ultra-expensive nuclear garbage. As for fossil fuels, well, who pays for
those storms and floods? Voters.)))
"Meanwhile, as floods wreak havoc and claim lives in
large regions of
southern and eastern Germany == particularly in Saxony, Saxony Anhalt and
Bavaria == both Chancellor Schroeder and his conservative challenger,
Stoiber have rushed to the worst-affected cities of Dresden and Passau in
"Wanted: Loads of Clean Energy
"As unprecedented rains lash Germany, the debate on
climate change and
renewable sources of energy has become increasingly vocal. Here a look at
which regenerative energies play a role in Germany¹s energy market.
"While environmentalists and scientists world-wide debate
the origins of
global warming and its effects on the world's climate, (((no they don't
"debate the origins" == they just point out stark facts to powers-that-be and
then contemplate suicide))) one fact remains undisputed == people all over
the globe are consuming more and more energy daily. (((No they're not.)))
"It's still unclear to what extent rising levels of
energy consumption are
responsible for climatic change. But the latest weather catastrophes in
Europe have triggered a debate in Germany about moving away from fossil
fuels and towards the use of alternative sources of energy.
"In 1999 Germany renounced the use of nuclear power ==
for 30 percent of its energy consumption. The governing Social Democratic-
Green coalition considers nuclear power and the disposal of radioactive waste
"Germany moves towards regenerative energy
"The country has made efforts to move away from polluting
and embrace alternative energies, in particular solar power. At present, 7
percent of Germany's electricity is generated using alternative energy
"After the passing of the Renewable Energies Law in April
sought to encourage a switch to renewable energies, Germany experienced a
sort of solar boom. The southwestern city of Freiburg boasts the first hotel
in Europe run entirely on alternative energy sources. But despite the solar
push, power from the sun today provides a mere 0.0006 percent of
"Wind and water
"Another popular source of alternative energy in Germany
power, which makes up more than half of alternative energy segment in the
country. But experts believe that hydroelectric power (photo) is pushing its
limits and has already exhausted 80 percent of its potential.
"It has also become increasingly difficult to find large
rivers in which to
set up generators without the ecology of the region being adversely
affected."(...) (((Especially when rivers and lakes flood catastrophically from
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WELL, AT LEAST
THEY GOT VOTES!
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