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When the Exit?

The Difficult Politics of German Coal

Tessa Coggio and Thane Gustafson

This article considers Germany’s contentious exit from brown coal (lignite), now set for 2038. While greener alternatives, such as wind, solar, or natural gas have been reducing coal’s standing in Germany’s energy mix for years, coal proponents, backed by special interests, have pushed back at all levels of government. With a focus on the politics of coal during the 2017 parliamentary elections, the tedious months of coalition negotiations and the work of the coal committee since summer 2018, we explore how policymakers try to reconcile competing interests at the federal state, local, as well as international levels.

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Where to Now?

Germany Rethinks its Energy Transition

Josephine Moore and Thane Gustafson

It is now broadly acknowledged by all the major players, both in business and in politics, that Germany will miss its 2020 targets by a wide margin. This prospect is causing a nationwide re-examination of the foundations of the energy policy

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Carol Hager

The energy revolution poses a fundamental challenge to the German corporatist institutional model. The push for renewables in Germany arose almost entirely outside the prevailing channels of institutional power. Eventually, federal legislation helped support the boom in local energy production that was already underway, and it encouraged the further development of new forms of community investment and citizen participation in energy supply. Recently, the federal government has tried to put the genie back in the bottle by shifting support to large energy producers. But, as this article shows, the energy transition has provided a base for local power that cannot easily be assailed. The debate over German energy policy is becoming a contest between centralized and decentralized models of political and economic power. Prevailing institutionalist theories have difficulty accounting for these developments. I analyze the local development of renewable energy by means of a case study of the Freiburg area in southwestern Germany, which has evolved from a planned nuclear power and fossil fuel center to Germany's “solar region”. Incorporating insights from ecological modernization theory, I show how the locally based push for renewables has grown into a challenge to the direction of German democracy itself.

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Imagining Futures of Energy

Views from Central Asia

Markus S. Schulz

about how its use would impact global climate. The Chinese pavilion featured an animated show likening the power of fusion to a dragon. Germany’s pavilion was organized under the theme “energy on track,” emphasizing the country’s post-Fukushima energy

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Mobile Disasters

Catastrophes in the Age of Manufactured Uncertainty

Steve Matthewman

countries announced radical changes to their national energy policies. Anticipating a new energy future, investors made their preferences felt. The price of uranium dropped precipitously on world markets, while that of liquefied natural gas (LNG) soared

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Stephen F. Szabo

stabilization, Russia, eu refugee and energy policies during the previous GroKo. Its agenda will have to focus on European policy and the Franco-German relationship including the issue of populism, the rise of illiberal governments in Europe, and the

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Making Space for Sanctions

The Economics of German Natural Gas Imports from Russia, 1982 and 2014 Compared

Stephen G. Gross

); Bundesregierung, “Dritte Fortschreibung des Energieprogramms der Bundesregierung,” 9. Wahlperiode, Drucksache 9/983; Helmut Schmidt, Perspectives on Politics , ed. Wolfram F. Hanrieder (Boulder, 1982), 165; For a recent overview of German energy policy see Falk

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Diverse Driving Emotions

Exploring Chinese Migrants’ Mobilities in a Car-Dependent City

Sophie-May Kerr, Natascha Klocker, and Gordon Waitt

, Michael Wang, and Michael Walsh, “Oil Consumption and CO2 Emissions in China’s Road Transport: Current Status, Future Trends, and Policy Implications,” Energy Policy 33, no. 12 (2005): 1499–1507. 13 Rachel Weinberger and Frank Goetzke, “Unpacking

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Germany and Russia Since Reunification

Continuity, Change, and the Role of Leaders

Randall Newnham

institutes cited in Steffen Leidel, “Germany Bound to Russia over Energy Policy,” Deutsche Welle , 3 November 2004. 49 Television appearance on ard , 23 November 2004. 50 Many saw a conflict of interest in Schröder’s decision to work for Nordstream so soon

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Luke B. Wood

. 3 (2012): 347-369 17 Haacke (see note 8) 18 Jennifer A. Yoder, “An Intersectional Approach to Angela Merkel’s Foreign Policy,” German Politics 20, no. 3 (2011): 360-375; Sarah Elise Williarty, “Gender and Energy Policy-Making Under the First Merkel