The Nazi Origins of Renewable Energy (and Global Warming)

Why study history, and such an ugly subject as the Nazi rise in the Weimar Republic?  Because quoting George Santayana, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  It seems we have forgotten a lot, because, as a civilization, we are repeating the mad Nazi schemes of renewable energy on a massive scale.

A good source document is this book:

Cover of Technology and Economy in Third Reich: A Program for Work by Franz Lawaszeck, published in 1933

Dr. Franz Lawaszeck was an inventor and manufacturer of hydropower turbines in Bavaria.  As an early member of Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (the National Socialist German Workers’ Party or Nazi Party), he soon became a prominent spokesman about the economic policy of the party, especially energy policy.

He was clearly in the left-wing anti-capitalist part of the party and had a close relation to other leftist National Socialists such as Feder, Streicher, Himmler, Backe, Goebbels, etc.  His book starts by decrying the capitalist state and calling for the life-essential equilibrium that can exist only in a corporatist state.

Dr. Lawaszeck begins discussing energy on page 10.  Big industries in a capitalist society have an advantage in that they can produce their own power on site for 1.5-2.0 pfennig/kWh, whereas small businesses pay 10-25 pfennig/kWh.

Then, on to page 12 and the hydrogen economy:

It seems that the transformation of society to a hydrogen society is an important step to a new industrial revolution.  We shall use this “vorsprung durch technik” [advantage by technology].  Hydrogen engines are more powerful than engines driven by diesel or benzene.  With the inexpensive oxygen, it will be cheaper to manufacture and weld steel.  So we could successfully compete on the world market and export more.  We can then pay back our national debt, even when we have reduced the interest to zero.

On page 47, he gets into the intended Nazi transformation of the power industry:

In short, industry’s needs can be filled by hydro-wind power and coal.  Coal is wasted because it is so cheap, so long-term economic effects are not taken into consideration.  Coal would be much better utilized for making valuable chemicals and other products.  Hydro and wind power can provide up to 80% of energy.  The renewable energy is flowing and free.  Why aren’t they used more?  Interest on money is the greatest obstacle for making hydro and wind profitable. As long we have interest on money, it will restrict the use of hydropower.

Then on to the hydrogen economy on page 60:

Our mission is to build the new hydro and wind power plants independent of the electrical grid, so they produce valuable storable energy in the form of hydrogen gas.  Hydrogen can easily be stored and transported in pipelines.  Hydrogen will be produced by pressure electrolysis, so the gas will be compressed without extra energy consumption.

And then more on wind power:

Wind power, using the cost-free wind, can be built on a large scale.  Improved technology will in the future make it no more expensive than thermal power.  This is technically and economically possible and opens up a quite new life-important type of power generation.  The future of wind is no longer small windmills, but very large real power plants.  The wind towers must be at least 100 m [330 ft] high, the higher the better, ideally with rotors 100 m [330 ft] in diameter.  This kind of high cage mast is already built in the shape of high radio masts.

Design for a 1,300-foot-high wind tower producing 20 MW

Also from the Nazi national newspaper Volkischer Beobachter (the People’s Observer) of February 24, 1932:

In a sensational speech by the constructor of the biggest steel towers in Germany, the well known engineer Hermann Honnef from the Rhineland, at the Institute of Physics of the Technical University [Hochschule] in Berlin, mentioned that in the height between 70 to 90 meters [230 to 300 ft], a high wind zone is starting that can deliver wind energy.  Honnef had in yearlong research constructed a high-zone wind power project, which he declared in details.  The influence of variable wind is eliminated totally.  The most interesting result of his experiments is that it is possible to use the different strengths of wind in different areas to a degree, that only 3 to 5% in the yearly peak demand is left.  This is a huge improvement compared with the much bigger variability of hydro power.  He will combine hydro power with his wind power constructions, which are delivering the base electricity, and in this way improve the utility of hydro power considerably.

The surplus electricity from the windmills, situated along the sea coast, will be used for the production of very inexpensive hydrogen.  This will make many products less expensive.  Fertilizers will fall in price.  The hydration of coal to liquids will be cost-effective.  The cost can be reduced from 17 pfennige per litre [64 pfennige per gallon] to 7-8 pfennig per litre [26-30 pfennig per gallon].  In this way, about one billion Reichsmark can be saved, which today goes abroad (for importing oil).  The 300,000 workers in the coal mining industry can keep their jobs, 200,000 in the mines and 100,000 for the liquefaction of coal.  The cost savings will make it possible that an additional 400,000 workers can be paid in the transforming process of the industry

Big and small farms shall get the possibility to purchase electricity in surplus times at very reasonable prices, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. and 12 noon to 1 p.m.  At least 1 million new small farms shall be established. The cheap electricity makes it possible to heat the land, and then get a third harvest.  Again, billions can be saved, which we normally pay to foreign countries for vegetables, salad, fruits, etc.  During the night, electricity of about 1 kWh for 1 square meter [11 square feet] of land will be sufficient.

One of the 1,300-foot-high wind towers would have taken 27,500 tons of steel to make, approaching the amount used in the Scharnhorst.  So wiser heads prevailed, and the Nazi renewables push petered out by 1936.  But another pernicious Nazi influence was rising. Hermann Flohn, born in 1912, received his doctorate in 1934 and began work for the German Meteorological Service.  In 1941, he published the first German-language article on global warming, the title of which translates as The Activity of Man as a Climate Factor.  Also in that year, he became the chief meteorologist for the Luftwaffe High Command, providing advice for Operation Barbarossa.  Herr Flohn survived the war and was still publishing alarmist papers on global warming 40 years later – for example, the title of this paper in the journal Umschau in 1980:

Translates as C02-Induced Warmth More Dangerous than Nuclear Energy.  These sentences tell you all you need to know from it:

Up to a value of 450 ppm, there are apparently only risks that can be countered by an adaptation strategy[.]

A really catastrophic climate can only be expected at about 750 ppm: the freezing of the Arctic ice ocean shifts the climate and precipitation belts around 600 to 800 km [375 to 500 mi] to the North Pole (less to the South Pole).

So if you have ever wondered about the intellectual origins of renewable energy and global warming, they had their beginnings during an ugly period of history – through misanthropic schemes created by people with a repulsive Weltanschauung.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Oh take a gook look tree huggers/cranola bar munchers enviromentalsms a nazi idea and providing to the fact that Hitler was a vegan a animal rights wacko who was a big time WILDLANDS supporter who wanted to rewild north and south america the British Isles Oh yes HITLER WAS A ENVIROMENTALIST who would bea card carrying member of GREENPEACE,NRDC or the EDF (who produced those false and misleading TV ads about Global Warming using kids)The Green Swastika

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      rakooi

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      SPURNING PLOVER is full of Butt Ugliness, again.
      ..and always willing to
      smear,
      tear down,
      name call and
      demonize…as this article is designed to demonize MAIN STREAM SCIENCE.
      ….essentially equating millions of HONORABLE
      MEN and WOMEN IN SCIENCE around the world,
      who Labor to secure our world’s future, our economies,
      our health, our civilization.
      .
      The Science of Global Warming and Climate Change stretches back to 1799, when Scientists recognized a dramatic change in Weather Trends !
      .
      This Inter Glacial Warm Period peaked in temperatures about 7500 years ago.

      Google: Holocene Optimum.
      .
      Temperatures have been FALLING for thousands of years since the Holocene Optimum.
      .
      This is typical of REPEATED slides into Glaciations in Earth History.
      Much of the last 1000 years have been called the LITTLE ICE AGE because of those falling temperatures.
      .
      About 1750-1800 that all changed !
      .
      http://www.realclimate.org/images//Marcott.png
      .
      Contrary to NATURAL HISTORY.
      Contrary to Earth’s most POWERFUL Natural Cycle, ice ages.
      Temperatures are rising,
      Ocean Temperatures are rising, after thousands of years of cooling.
      Glaciers and Snow caps are receding world wide.
      Asian News Media are in NEAR Panic Mode as their POPULATIONS
      are NOW Watching year after year their SNOW & ICE SHEETS receding…which is their primary source of water for drinking and irrigating.
      .
      ( Humans are NOW emitting more than 135 TIMES as much CO2 as ALL of the volcanoes on EARTH, each & every year, COMBINED ! )
      (The Unique Isotopic Signature proves that this CO2 INCREASE is from Human Activities & the Burning of Fossil Fuels)
      .
      CO2 traps heat
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      According to radiative physics & decades of laboratory measurements, increased CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to absorb more infrared radiation as it escapes back out to space.

      In 1970, NASA launched the IRIS satellite measuring infrared spectra.
      In 1996, the Japanese Space Agency launched the IMG satellite which recorded similar observations.
      Both sets of data were compared to discern any changes in outgoing I.R. energy radiation over the 26 year period .
      .
      GOOGLE: IRIS Satellite
      GOOGLE: Japanese Satellite IMG
      Google this SOURCE: (Harries 2001).
      these research studies have been peer reviewed
      (red team blue team),
      published in respected Science Journals & the science has been repeatedly been Replicated.
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      What they found was a drop in outgoing radiation at the wavelength bands that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane (CH4) absorb energy.
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      The reductions in outgoing radiation was consistent with Global Warming theoretical expectations.

      ** Thus these research studies & papers  found “direct experimental evidence for a significant increase in the Earth’s greenhouse effect” and Global Warming.

      (  If Infra Red HEAT Energy, does not escape, it is retained in our Earth System as rising temperatures, warming seas,melting Ice. )

      These results has been confirmed by subsequent Research papers using data from later satellites.
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      Google this SOURCE: (Griggs 2004)
      Google this SOURCE: ( Chen 2007 )

      THIS research has been Peer Reviewed (red team blue team)
      widely published and replicated repeatedly.
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      Change in spectrum from 1970 to 1996 due to trace greenhouse gases.   ‘Brightness temperature’ indicates equivalent blackbody temperature
      .
      Google this SOURCE: (Harries 2001).
      Peer reviewed (red team blue team), published and replicated.
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      When greenhouse gases absorb infrared radiation, the energy heats the atmosphere which in turn re-radiates infrared radiation in all directions.
      .
      Much of it makes its way back to the earth’s lower atmosphere.
      .
      Hence we expect to find more infrared radiation heading downwards.
      .
      Surface measurements from 1973 to 2008 find an increasing trend of infrared radiation returning to earth.
      .
      Google this SOURCE: (Wang 2009)
      .
      A regional study over the central Alps found that downward infrared radiation is increasing due to the enhanced greenhouse effect.
      .
      Google this SOURCE: (Philipona 2004)
      Peer reviewed (red team blue team) published and replicated.
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      Taking this a step further, an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases.
      .
      Google this SOURCE: (Evans 2006)
      Peer reviewed (red team blue team) published and replicated.
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      The results lead the authors to conclude that “this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.”
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      Spectrum of the greenhouse radiation measured at the surface.
      Greenhouse effect from water vapor is filtered out, showing the contributions of other greenhouse gases.
      .
      Google this SOURCE: (Evans 2006)
      Peer Reviewed (red team blue team),widely published, & replicated.
      .
      The planet IS accumulating heat
      .
      When there is more energy coming in than escaping back out to space, our climate accumulates heat. The planet’s total heat build up can be derived by adding up the heat content from the ocean, atmosphere, land and ice.
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    rakooi

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    NO ONE EVER said hate filled people were not Intelligent or forward thinking.
    SO?
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    Solar Power
    and
    Wind Power
    and
    Natural GAS:
    Crush Killeer Coal Electric rates,
    Crush Nuclear Electric rates,
    even
    Spanks Natural Gas Electric rates.

    December 25th, 2016

    “We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power.

    “However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways.

    These are 5 messages that I think anyone wanting a better US economy (or a better economy in practically any country), anyone wanting national energy freedom (aka energy independence), anyone wanting to advance the most cost-effective choices for electricity generation, and anyone wanting to make logical energy decisions should know and share with others.
    ….
    “1. Wind & Solar Are Cheaper (Without Subsidies) Than Dirty KILLER COAL Energy

    The first point is the very basic fact that new wind power and/or solar power plants are typically cheaper than new coal, natural gas, or nuclear power plants — even without any governmental support for solar or wind.

    Not only are they typically cheaper — they’re much cheaper in many cases.
    ….
    2. Wind & Solar Are Actually Even Much Cheaper Than Dirty KILLER COAL Energy (More So Than Lazard Shows)

    The estimates above are supposedly “unsubsidized,” but if you include social externalities as societal subsidies (I do), the estimated costs of fossil fuels and nuclear energy are hugely subsidized in those charts.
    ….
    3. Solar & Wind Became Much Cheaper In The Past 7 Years (85% and 66%, Respectively)

    No, wind and solar costs didn’t roll off a cliff because of Obama, but his staff did help to hasten the roll to some degree. Programs like SunShot have helped to bring down costs even faster than they were coming down anyway, as did greater deployment of renewables — with greater production and deployment, costs come down almost automatically.
    ….
    4. The Lowest Solar Costs Shown In The Lazard Report Are Considerably Higher Than Globally Recorded Low-Price Bids

    I won’t go into much detail right now, but I will update this article as more record-low prices for solar power and wind power are reported. For now, though, note that we’ve seen solar project bids for under 3¢/kWh in the UAE and well under 4¢/kWh in Mexico — prices that are well below the Lazard’s low-end estimates for the US.

    ….

    People Can Get Lower Prices But More Jobs With Solar & Wind

    Whether American, British, Canadian, Australian, Indian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, or [fill in the blank], solar and wind power don’t just mean lower prices — they also typically mean more jobs. Much of the price of dirty energy power plants is in the fossil fuel — the physical resource. When we buy that fuel, much of the money goes to the billionaires and multimillionaires who “own” the fuel — the coal mines and the natural gas wells.

    Sunshine and wind, of course, are free, but distributed solar and wind power plants have to get built and installed — those are things humans do. When we pay for solar and wind power plants, we pay for human labor, and often help create or support local jobs.

    We don’t actually have to choose between low prices or jobs or protecting our air, water, and climate — we get all of those things with renewable energy options like solar and wind energy.”

    https://cleantechnica.com/2016/12/25/cost-of-solar-power-vs-cost-of-wind-power-coal-nuclear-natural-gas/
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    Freelancehobo

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    Wow, what a stretch. Hey it was German scientists and engineers that put us into space. Germany had and has some great minds.

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