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Democratic energy policy means strong public support for renewables

| Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jan 11, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-policy-means-strong-public-support-renewables/
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Conducted by market research institute Forsa on behalf of municipal utilities in Germany, the survey found that 61 percent of Germans are willing to pay more for their power if the extra cost helps ramp up the share of renewables. Public acceptance even extends to acceptance of wind turbines “in my backyard”; 54 percent of those surveyed said they would find it “good” or “very good” if a wind turbine were set up nearby.

That’s the German feed-in tariff at work…

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  • Paul Kangas

    Push / pull divestment.

    To make Divestment more attractive to investors I suggest 350.org have a Push-Pull investing strategy.

    Pull money from fossil fuels.

    Push money into what we want to see our future be: solar. Ghandi said, “Become the future you want to see.

    Of all the alternative energies, solar is the easiest to install on your home, for a small investor, like a home owner or farmer. It is a capital improvement, so it is safer than stocks. It makes the individual the most money. It requires the smallest investment, $10,000. It is a safe capital investment in your home, so it is not subject to the whims of the stock market. It requires the least amount of time from the time of investment to the return on investment.

    Usually, in one week from purchasing solar panels, until they are up and running. If your city has a Feed-in Tariff, you start making money, $0.54 kwh, the next day. In cities that have a FiT, you can make $60,000. a year, if you are a farmer and have 1,000 solar panels. (1)

    The FiT is a safer investment because it creates jobs, income & allows a city to shut down its nuclear power plants.

    The FiT is now creating 22 million solar jobs world wide in the 6,900 cities that have started a FiT policy. The FiT is the biggest job creator in the world today. The world is rapidly shifting to solar.

    Worldwide, the best known investment tool to help cities abolish fossil fuels is the Feed-in Tariff. There are now 6,900 cities worldwide with a FiT. (3), (4), (5)
    Investing in solar stocks is too risky. Leasing your roof makes you little money.

    Twenty years ago a 19 year old college student, Hermann Scheer, invented this investment tool as a way to help home owners make money from solar and in the process help shut down nuclear power. (2)

    Pulling money out of fossil fuels is now widely seen as a necessary move. Because Congress & the President are mere pawns of the energy corporations we the People have no say-so in Congress or with the President. They only work for the rich. Proof of this is the double speak we get from Obama on the KXL pipeline, fracking & solar.

    Asking investors to just pull money out of fossils is too limited, and a negative vision.

    If at the same time we have a positive strategy of asking investors to develop a Feed in Tariff, in their city, an investing plan that inspires home owners & farmers into buying solar panels, a capital improvement of their property that lasts for 40 years, we can create a decentralize investment plan that is a proven winner in every city around the world that has a FiT. (1)

    Leasing your roof to an energy corporation does not make the home owner much money and has shown to be a poor investment for the homeowner. Good for the rich energy corporations & bad for the farmer & home owners.

    Global Cooling, Hans Joseph Fell.

    Energy Imperative, Hermann Scheer.