Not In My Alps! Examining Germany’s Nimby Protests

PJ van Staden

Indeed, municipalities in Bavaria and elsewhere in Germany are currently holding up plans to expand Germanys electricity grid, which most experts agree is crucial for Germany to hit green-power targets (55 percent by 2035), check carbon emissions, and ensure energy security (above all to southern Germany) when more nuclear power plants go off-line over the next eight years. The purpose of the planned north-south corridors (so massive theyre referred to as energy autobahns) is to transport wind-generated power from the gusty North and Baltic Sea coasts down to Germanys industrial hubs in the south. On other fronts too, for example, wind power and pumped-storage hydroelectricity , the Munich-based regional government in Bavaria is backing local citizens groups that are vigorously protesting clean-energy-related installations in their localities. This resistance belies what immediately strikes any visitor travelling through the sunny foothills of the Alps and the rich farm lands on either side of the Danube: barns, homes, sheds, garages, warehouses, and fields plastered with PV panels. Theres hardly a farmyard without a biogas site or energy crops alongside the cow pastures. In fact, Bavaria boasts a third of Germany biogas production with 2,372 facilities. The state covers 34 percent of its electricity consumption with renewables, the second highest rate among the 16 German federal states.
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Man accused in Humvee theft now in custody |
KMOV.com St. Louis

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reports that 37-year-old Michael Gray of Farmington is charged with first-degree tampering with a vehicle. He is suspected of stealing a 1990 Humvee that had been acquired through a Defense Department program. Sheriff Dan Bullock says Gray was arrested in St. Louis County for allegedly breaking into storage sheds. The vehicle was used in a smash-and-grab crime at a restaurant in Ste. Genevieve County after being stolen.
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Hummer thief apprehended

Francois County, Missouri’s Humvee was stolen, a suspect is in custody. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri ( http://bit.ly/1mj81wo ) reports that 37-year-old Michael Gray of Farmington is charged with first-degree tampering with a vehicle. He is suspected of stealing a 1990 Humvee that had been acquired through a Defense Department program. Sheriff Dan Bullock says Gray was arrested in St. Louis County for allegedly breaking into storage sheds.
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Man acussed in Humvee theft now in custody | KOMU.com | Columbia, MO |

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Francois County had a ex-military Hummer that they acquired through a Department of Defense program. Francois County’s military Humvee has been apprehended. Sheriff Dan Bullock said St. Louis County Police picked up Michael Gray on suspicion of breaking into storage sheds.
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