Arne Jungjohann

Arne Jungjohann is the program director for Environment and Global Dialogue with the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Climate Change

Which countries fail the most at climate leadership?

Sweden, the U.K., and Germany: The European trio leads the world in fighting climate change. That’s the finding of the most recent Climate Change Performance Index [PDF], which was released yesterday at COP 17 in Durban. But Swedes, Brits, and Germans shouldn’t cheer just yet; even their countries are not contributing their fair share. In fact, that is the most worrying result of the index: No country is doing enough to seriously fight climate change. Consequently, the report — published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe — did not reward any country a ranking of 1-3. The countries ranked …


Germany’s nuclear phaseout was the right thing to do

Photo: Dan ZelazoEver since Germany shut down eight of its nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, nuclear proponents have raged against the decision. Their claim: This cannot possibly be good for the German economy, its energy security, or the climate. The latest example of this rage is a piece in The New Republic: “How Germany Phased Out Nuclear Power, Only to Get Mugged by Reality.” Before digging deeper into the arguments, let’s figure out just what reality we’re talking about. As I’ve written before, Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is aggressively pursuing a transition away from both …


Germany's phaseout reveals the true costs of nuclear power

Bad news for nuclear advocates: Nuclear power turns out even more expensive than we thought.

Energy Policy

The small-town energy revolution

Until recently, the idea of powering a local economy with 100 percent renewable energy seemed unrealistic. That has changed: There's a small-town energy revolution underway.

Renewable Energy

Germany sets renewables record

Renewable energy accounted for over 20 percent of power production in the first half of 2011, with solar power driving the most recent growth.


Germany says auf wiedersehen to nuclear power

Some see Germany's nuclear phase-out as an overreaction to Fukushima, but really it's a smart move toward a low-carbon economy.


Is pro-nuke enthusiasm in the U.S. waning?

This is the fourth and final post in a series on the United States and nuclear power. Read parts one, two, and three. Fukushima gave many Americans a sense of déjà vu: In 1979, a threatened explosion at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania caused by venting an explosive gas mixture was just barely warded off. Faulty design and human error were to blame. Since then, no new nuclear power plants have been built in the United States (though some that were already under construction were completed). But the industry has soldiered on, trying to present the public …


States fight back against nuclear power, even as the feds remain in its thrall

This is part three in a series on the United States and nuclear power. Read parts one, two, and four. Although Democrats and Republicans in Congress feed at the nuclear industry’s trough in equal measure, Republicans in particular have been trying hard for years to bring about a renaissance of nuclear power in the United States. If they had their druthers, 100 new nuke plants would be built during the next two decades — on top of the 104 reactors already operating. The Republicans’ battle cry is “all of the above” — a strategy that supposedly leaves out no energy option. …


The nuclear industry has powerful backers and weak opponents in D.C.

This is part two in a series on the United States and nuclear power. Read parts one, three, and four. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the lobby association for the entire process chain of the nuclear industry in the U.S., from uranium mining to the manufacture of the reactors and the supply of nuclear fuel, all the way to nuclear power production. Its lobbyists are well-connected in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill. In the last midterm and off-year election campaign cycle, politicians of both parties received approximately $4 million from the NEI. In order to boost public …

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