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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Survey finds Germans want shift to renewables

Deutsche Welle, 18 October 2013

A new survey conducted after recent parliamentary polls show most Germans want a quick transition to decentralized clean, renewable energy. But rising electricity prices could dampen enthusiasm for the green plan.

During all the discussions between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and other potential coalition partners in Berlin these last few weeks, one topic has remained high on the agenda all along: what direction will Germany’s future energy policy take?

Germany’s energy transition, or Energiewende as it is known domestically, is a long-term plan to slash carbon emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy. Germany hopes to generate at least 35 percent of its electricity from green sources by 2020; by 2050, the renewables share is planned to surpass 80 percent.

But just how popular is the ambitious green energy plan among Germans? Shortly after the German elections, research institute TNS Emnid surveyed over 1,000 people to get a sense of the nation’s mood on energy issues.

An overwhelming majority - some 84 percent - of those interviewed said they expect the new government to push for a quick switch to an energy system powered 100 percent by renewable sources of energy.

In addition, 83 percent said they want the profits and costs of the energy turnaround to be distributed fairly among citizens and energy companies. Currently, it’s largely private households and small companies that are shouldering a host of "shared costs" for an expansion of renewables. Certain large, energy-intensive companies have in recent years been exempted from paying the surcharge.

Pricing still a problem

Another survey by research group Forsa in summer came up with a similar result. At the time, 82 percent of the respondents said they were in favor of the energy transition but were critical of the way it was being implemented. Rising energy prices for German consumers was cited as the biggest disadvantage.

A fast, citizen-driven energy transition enjoys the backing of voters of all major political parties. Not surprisingly, over 90 percent of supporters of the German Greens back the plan. Among the center-left Social Democrats it’s over 80 percent and over 70 percent of conservative party voters showed their support.

The Emnid survey also asked respondents what they thought of the energy policies of the government led by Chancellor Merkel so far. About 55 percent said the policies tilted too heavily in favor of energy companies, 22 percent said they were happy with the policies while 19 percent said the interests of utilities weren’t sufficiently taken into account.

'A level playing field'

Germany’s energy transition is already visible to anyone traveling through the country. Over a million citizens and farmers already have solar panels installed on their roofs or are joint owners of a windpark and the Emnid survey predicts that could rise to over 20 million citizens in the future.

Around a third of those surveyed said they would definitely like to get financially involved in energy systems in their neighborhoods while a further 30 percent said they would consider the possibility.

"This desire to have a financial stake in the energy transition is especially noticeable among middle-income groups. It’s not just confined to the rich," René Mono, a renewable energy campaigner from Berlin, told DW.

The reason for the "overwhelmingly high approval of the energy transition" is the success of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), according to Mono. The law allows ordinary citizens without specialized knowledge to invest in renewable energy systems and also allows owners of solar panels and wind turbines to sell their electricity to the grid at a fixed price over 20 years. That makes the investment safe and easy to calculate. The EEG "has created the framework so that citizens also have a level playing field," Mono said.

Other experts like Hubert Weiger, chairman of the environment group BUND, are urging the German government, currently involved in coalition talks, to take citizens‘ wishes into account and not put the brakes on the pace of the energy transition. Gerd Billen of the Federation of German Consumer Organizations warned lawmakers against jeopardizing the high popularity and support for the green energy revolution. "Consumers are paying for the energy transition," Billen said. "Energy prices simply cannot be allowed to rise further."
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