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Thursday
Nov202014

Why conservative German farmers are pro-renewable energy

Imagine a country where all the political parties are pro-renewable energy. Look no further than Germany. From The German Energiewende: "Just as in many other countries, farmers in Germany tend to generally vote in a politically conservative manner: In the last federal election, 74% of farmers voted for Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, making them one of the Conservatives’ most loyal supporters. When it comes to renewable energy however, a large majority of farmers are staunch supporters of the Energiewende and the fast development of renewables – an outcome that may surprise people in countries where conservatives oppose renewables."

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