Tue, 11/13/12 8:30 AM to 11 AM h
Clean Break: The Story of Germany’s Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It
The Heinrich Böll Foundation and InsideClimate News cordially invite you to a panel discussion and press conference as part of the Climate Network to discuss the publication of a new book:
Clean Break: The Story of Germany’s Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
9:00-11:00 AM (breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM)
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Christopher Flavin, President Emeritus, WorldWatch Institute
Osha Gray Davidson, Author
Anya Schoolman, Community Power Network
A modern industrial economy, the biggest and most powerful in the European Union, is making a clean break with coal, oil and nuclear energy. It is on track to be running on 80% renewable energy by 2050. Some predict it could even reach 100% by then.  The country is Germany, and what is happening there has a name: the "Energiewende," or energy transformation.
Journalist Osha Gray Davidson spent three weeks in Germany this summer for InsideClimate News as part of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Climate Media Fellowship, traveling to the sites of key projects and meeting with the people who helped push their country toward a goal so audacious that few have dared to follow.
What Davidson found, it turned out, was a very American story. Of self-reliant individuals who almost 40 years ago began changing the way their towns got their energy. Of politicians who were eventually forced to bend to the will of the movement these people created. Of a country that has decided what its energy future should look like and is willing to make the sacrifices it will take to get there.
Embedded in his story of Germany’s "Energiewende" is the evidence that Americans of all political persuasions need to see: That a dramatically cleaner energy economy is possible to achieve in the near future.
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For further information, please contact Alexander Franke at or (202) 462-7512.
This project has been made possible by funding from the European Commission. The European Commission is not responsible for the content of the project.
organised byHeinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Büro Washington